Today we have a guest blogger! We are excited to share our FloYo instructor, Shawn Brown’s story on how she incorporates essential oils and paddling into her wellness routine.
As a lifelong athlete and former college lacrosse player, I have always loved being active. I have run 2 marathons and 9 halfs. I hike and rock climb and dance like crazy in my kitchen (hey, that counts right?) I started yoga teacher training in 2015 because I loved the idea of moving intentionally and with purpose. I wanted to tune in rather than tune out.
After teaching for about 2.5 years I wanted to see where else yoga could take me. That’s when I started paddling. To be on the water gave me such a sense of freedom. To be able to connect my breath with the movement in my body and the nature all around me brought me such joy. But like any new movement it also made me a little sore and tired…but yes, in the best possible way. Cue: DeepBlue by doTerra! This essential oil blend is a game changer for any athlete or human body that has been moving (think playing with your kids in the pool all day or gardening). I love the way it rejuvenates the body and helps me release tension. I also started using Balance, a fantastic grounding blend that, you guessed it, helped me feel more stable and balanced. And we need good balance to be strong paddlers. After a long paddle with friends adding a few drops of Grapefruit essential oil to seltzer with lime makes for a perfect mocktail. You can add it to any Crush or cocktail!
The emotional and physical effects of the oils are undeniable because I can feel and see them so clearly. And I know they are working at a deeper energetic and cellular level as well. Before, during or after (way after), essential oils are a great addition for anyone that loves to paddle.
If you are curious about integrating essential oils into your yoga practice, SUP adventures and everything in between, please join me on Monday July 6th at 7:00 pm. We’ll paddle, do yoga and of course weave in the healing benefits of doTerra essential oils. AND you’ll get a little goodie bag with samples to take home with you. I can’t wait to spend the evening of the full moon on the water with you.