CuriositEase: Six Essential Oils for Spring

By: Hilary Mughloo

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Can you feel it? Spring is upon us. Yes, it's been cold and dreary, with even a few flurries still out there, but if you're like me you can feel that spring is coming.

Maybe you feel like taking in lighter food and drink; more greens, more raw, more cleansing drinks like lemon water. These can be signs that your body is getting ready for the shift in seasons.

Essential oils can be an awesome support during any time of transition and can help you stay aligned in body, mind and spirit. Spring Equinox is on Sunday March 20, 2016 which is perfect timing, because I will be teaching a Yoga & Essential Oils class at Ease from 7-8pm. We'll be able to put these oils into practice!

Cypress: The essential oil of motion and flow. Cypress is great if you are someone who is mentally or emotionally stuck or have perfectionist tendencies. Need a shift? This can help.

Grapefruit: The essential oil of honoring the body. This oil supports individuals who are caught in patterns of mistreatment. Spring is a beautiful time to cultivate new habits of self-care.

Marjoram: The essential oil of connection. Marjoram addresses feelings of distrust and fear of rejection. This oil is also amazing at supporting muscles before or after exercising.

Frankincense: The essential oil of truth. The warm, spicy, and clean aroma is known to enhance practices of prayer and meditation. Incredibly powerful but also gentle and helps cultivate connection to the True Self.

Deep Blue blend: The essential oils of surrendering pain including wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, blue chamomile, and others it can support mental clarity in times of physical pain (while also soothing the physical pain!).

Balance blend: The essential oils of grounding including spruce, ho wood, frankincense, and others this blend teaches us to ground our energy and to manifest our vision with the patience of a tree.

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To learn more about using essential oils in your daily life reach out! Hilary Mughloo is available for wellness consultations and teaches weekly essential oils classes in the neighborhood. She is a yoga teacher, reiki practitioner, and Holistic Lifestyle Coach for women based in Alexandria, VA. Hilary is the founder of Wise Light Wellness and the #healthyhealers community with a motto to: Be Wise. Shine Bright. Live Well. www.wiselightwellness.com

CuriositEase: Healing Trauma Through Yoga

By: Beth Wolfe 

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I was deeply moved and inspired by a recent weekend I spent immersed in Trauma Sensitive Yoga teacher training at Beloved Yoga in Reston.

Trauma/PTSD recovery is a topic that is personally dear to me, and I am grateful for the opportunity to use yogic techniques to contribute to the recovery of people affected by trauma in all forms. The training confirmed for me that yoga is a powerful tool in dealing with negative and/or disturbing experiences, and it sparked in me a passion to share these techniques.

Through the use of specific movement, breath, and meditation practices, traumatized people can heal by reconnecting to their bodies in a safe, deliberate way. Those who have experienced trauma in their lives know that the effects show up not only in the mind, but in the body and spirit. The tools that yoga brings to alleviating traumatic stress are tremendous gifts to those who suffer.

For more info on Trauma Sensitive Yoga, visit www.traumasensitiveyoga.com.

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CuriositEase is a weekly blog, authored by Tara Casagrande and Ease Yoga & Cafe instructors, dedicated to exploring trends and interesting Health & Wellness topics.