Yoga as Healing Self-Care Resources

Resources to support Jolisa's Yoga as Healing participants in practices of self-care and self-healing.



For aromatherapy, we used essential oils. Essential oils are therapeutic oils extracted from herbs. You can dab essential oils on pulse points, drop a few in a bath, or use a diffuser.  We worked with these three essential oils:

Peppermint: refreshing, stimulating, energizing
Lavender: rejuvenating, calming, soothing
Eucalyptus: invigorating, cleansing, relaxing

Self-massage techniques:

  • Yoga Tune-Up Balls (used for self-myofascial release and trigger point release)

  • Abhyanga (Ayurvedic self-massage technique using warm oil. Hydrates the skin. Great for calming anxiety)

  • Foot Massage (for soothing release of tension and to reconnect back to foundation)

  • Scalp Massage (releases tension from head and neck, very relaxing)

  • Gua Sha (also known as Graston Technique. It's great for moving lymph and manually releasing tension using a gemstone plate or spoon-shaped tool)


Self-Care Tools & Techniques:

  • Dry brushing (invigorates and stimulates the skin. exfoliates dry or clogged skin. great for stagnant or dull mental state)

  • Intention Stones & Mantra/Affirmation (used as an anchor and reminder of intentions and values)

  • "Tapping" (releasing tension through rhythmic acupressure tapping)

  • CBD (Non-Psychoactive Cannabinoids that supplement the body's internal systems and promote healing)

  • Sipping Tea (working with brewed herbs to promote homeostasis. soothing symptoms of distress)

  • Yoga / Meditation (promotes integration of mind-body connection and clarity of self. builds intuition)

  • Breathing Practices (aka "Pranayama" regulates nervous system and re-establishes awareness of the present moment)

  • Mindful Eating (Eating slowly, chewing thoroughly, making the best and most nourishing choices we can in the moment)

  • Grounding (Practices for coming down from dissociation, self regulation for panic/anxiety. tuning into the senses)

  • Playlists/Listening to music (and sound healing!)

  • Journaling (Thoughts, Yoga diary, food diary, self-care diary, story telling, poetry, etc)

  • Art! Creating things (painting, beading, collaging, vision boarding)

  • Float Therapy (Also known as REST therapy, floating in 900 lbs of therapeutic epsom salt)

  • Altar Making (A space where you can set up reminders for yourself. Gems, flowers, quotes, photos, candles etc.)

  • Movement (exercise, dancing, stretching, running, walking, hiking)

  • SHORTLIST OF RESOURCES for alt. healing in the EAST BAY ( where to go for low cost acupuncture, donation yoga, floating spas)


Emotional Support
Emotional Yoga - Bija Bennett
No Mud, No Lotus - Thich Nhat Hanh
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in The Healing of Trauma -Bessel Van Der Kolk
You Can Heal Your Life - Louise Hay
Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma - Peter Levine
Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body - David Emerson

Meditation + Motivation
Sit Like a Buddha - Lodro Rinzler
Your Daily WOW - Melissa West
The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice - Deborah Adele

Eating, Diet, Nutrition
How to Eat - Thich Nhat Hanh
Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty Inside & Out - Jolene Hart

Mental Health
The Chemistry of Joy - Dr. Henry Emmons (for understanding & overcoming depression)
The Chemistry of Calm - Dr. Henry Emmons  (for understanding & overcoming anxiety)
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself - Dr. Joe Dispenza

Yoga, Ayurveda, Self-Care, Self-Healing
Fierce Medicine - Ana T. Forrest
Ayurvedic Beauty Care - Melanie Sachs
Yoga and Ayurveda - David Frawley
Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing - Dr. Vasant Lad
Enchanting Beauty - Manish Kshirsagar


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