Herbs have always been part of yogic traditions. And whether they were consumed in life-extending medicines and elixirs, anointed on the skin as holy oils or inhaled as sacred incense, they have been used to cleanse, energise, heal, and rejuvenate the body -not to mention expand consciousness and commune with the divine. Did the ancient yogis understand something about the power of plants that we are only beginning to rediscover?
In many yogic traditions, the physical and subtle body is likened to a tree with different branches, and differing plants affect those branches in unique ways. Many herbs were used to activate certain chakras (energy centres) and facilitate the flow of prana through nadis (energy channels).
Today day science is coming full circle to confirm that many of the plants used in yogic apothecaries have beneficial effects on differing systems (digestive, nervous, cardiac, immune, endocrine, respiratory). Many contain compounds that regenerate our cells and boost healing. Others contain volatile oils and chemical constituents that alter brain chemistry to create feelings of peace, well-being and even bliss.
Here at The Yoga Apothecary, I’m inspired by the many ways ancient yogic wisdom, sacred plant medicine and modern science are merging. So join me and discover how from grounding and rooting, powering up the chakras and opening the heart, calming the mind and uplifting the spirit, plant medicine can transform your yoga practice and your life.