Previously On Martinez Yoga…
This past week I added another element to the Chair Yoga class I assist at Visions, services for the blind and visually impaired. I added aromatics.
I’ve incorporated essential oils into my life and added it into my teaching, when and where appropriate, three years ago. I have been studying aromatherapy for one year, taking classes at a fantastic source of oils and aromatics, Enfleurage. I just so happened to have three aromatics blended in jojoba oil with me. I had sandalwood, frankincense, and tuberose.
It never occurred to me to introduce the oils into the class; mainly because I’m not the teacher. I assist the teacher who is blind. I set up the space by putting out the chairs, escort the teacher into the space, escort the students to their chairs, set up the music, take attendance, read announcements, watch the clock so the teacher can concentrate on teaching, make sure that the students are safe as they sit and stand, etc… But as I was doing what I normally do to set up, I noticed that I had those three awesome oils with me. I asked the teacher and students if it was ok that I put a small amount amount on my body, so they could get a whiff as I walk around assisting the class. I shared with them that the oils are a nice way to add another layer to the yogic process. Everyone was down. They each wanted to smell all three oils. I went around one by one, and gave them a whiff. Some people liked frankincense. Some didn’t. Everyone liked sandalwood. But the winner by far was tuberose. I put some tuberose on my wrists and on the nape of my neck. Tuberose is not commonly used in aromatherapy, but is used a lot in perfumery.
After I applied the oil, the class took on a different tone. The students seemed a bit more daring, and they were more relaxed and focused. I was amazed to witness their courage. The teacher had them do some abdominal work that incorporated them sitting up tall on their chair, then standing up from their chair, and then sitting down again. Their ages range from twenty to seventy, and most of the students have no sight, so I was really watching them to make sure they could sit up and down without falling, injuring themselves. There were a couple of close calls, but they totally had it. It was being a Nervous Nellie. They were courageous and daring!
The tuberose oil effected their state of mind, and encouraged them to be daring. I was there. I saw it.
They want me to bring in another oil next week. Hmmm…What should it be?
Photos by Anna Rose