3 Scents We Love On an Exotic Yoga Retreat in Morocco
Morocco enriches the senses in many ways. There is so much beauty in all that you see and experience here. The signs, sounds and smells captivate your senses.
From a bustling marketplace beneath ancient archways and billowing canvases to a tranquil courtyard with water features and expertly manicured lawns to an animated conversation with locals over fresh mint tea while sitting on bold tapestries. There is uniqueness in all that you see, touch, smell, taste and hear, which makes this destination a perfect setting for meditation and mindfulness.
When choosing Morocco as a destination for an Exotic Yoga Retreat, the sensual gift of smell is a prominent part of the experience. Quintessential Moroccan scents are beneficial to yogis and compatible with an intuitive and enriching yoga practice.
Here are three scents we love to integrate as essential oils into our yoga retreats in Morocco!
Rosewater is used extensively in Moroccan cuisine, especially for desserts and treats. Prized rose varieties are grown in Morocco, and integrating this into practice allows us to focus on opening the heart through chest openers and backbends. It is quite soothing, in this instance, to offer people the opportunity to dab the oil on their chest and throat area before the yoga class begins.
Lemon juice, rind and essence are used in both savory and sweet dishes in Moroccan cuisine. Many famous tagine (couscous based casserole) dishes are made with preserved lemon or finished off with a flourish of freshly grated lemon rind. Just as it is with cooking, the effect of the lemon essential oil scent is uplifting and refreshing! Lemon used in a yoga class can be a fantastic way to raise the energy of a retreat and assist people in detoxification and system-cleansing. Try using lemon essential oil in an oil burner during a class and discover the energizing benefits!
Allspice originates in the Caribbean Islands where it is known as Pimento. Since the 17th century international spice trade, it has found its way into many Middle Eastern and North African recipes. Allspice has a heady and distinctive aroma – a mix of clove, cinnamon, cardamom and pepper all rolled into one powerful impression. It is an essential ingredient in Ras el Hanout, a famous Moroccan spice mix. In a yoga class, it can be used as a calming and sensual addition to the end of a class, especially at the start of a yoga retreat when yogis arrive fatigued and stressed. Dab a little allspice on the forehead and temples, and it can aid the relaxation experienced in savasana, or ‘corpse pose.’
Additional Health Benefits
As we have learned, Moroccan spices and oils are a positive addition for your yoga practice, as well as a variety of additional health benefits. Other health benefits of lemon oil include immune-boosting properties, sleep regulation, a soothing effect on asthma, and easing the metabolic discomfort. Rose oil may also be used as an antidepressant, antiseptic, blood-purifying agent and for easing menstruation discomfort. Lastly, in addition to the de-stressing benefits of allspice, it can also assist as an antioxidant and antiseptic.
If you are looking for deep peace and relaxation, a strong immersion in yoga, and an exciting touch of the exotic senses, join us for an Exotic Yoga Retreat in Morocco! This June retreat takes place at an authentic and beautiful boutique hotel in the red clay countryside, 20 minutes outside Marrakech. This Exotic Yoga Retreat blends the luxury of down-time and the healing power of yoga, with adventure and cultural exploration!
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