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Contemplation and aromatherapy together at Old Town Yoga

Aromatherapy meets yoga in a unique workshop November 13-15 at Old Town Yoga studio. “Contemplative Aromatherapy” applies classic Buddhist meditation techniques and ayurvedic medical philosophy (Indian medicine) in studying essential oils and their effects on body and mind.  It is presented by acupuncturist and author David Crow.

“The use of fragrance in mediation, contemplation and devotional practices,” Crow writes in his website blog,” “is widespread in the form of incense and altar offerings. Many of the ‘sacred scents’ such as frankincense, sandalweed, palo santo and agarweed that are used routinely in ceremonies and rituals now have documented research confirming their psychoactive properties as antidepressants, anxiolytics (anti-anxiety) and general mood enhancers.”

In the workshop, participants will use the oils to enhance meditative states and then will study the qualities of the oils in meditation. Oils used in the workshop include lavendar to calm the mind and nervous system, conifer oils to refresh the mind and sharpen concentration and alertness, rose to inspire Metta (lovingkindness) and palo santo to increase awareness of prana.

“The basic principle that we learn in this retreat is that there is a biological unity and interdependence between the influences of sun and moon and the pranic intelligence of plants,” writes Crow. In meditative concentration, he notes, we can perceive many levels of nature’s intelligence, including the metabolism of plants, human respiration and consciousness.

Crow has traveled through the Himalayas to study Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine, and he recorded his experiences in In Search of the Medicine Buddha. He is the founder of Floracopeia, a company which supports ecologically sustainable agriculture through the production of essential oils and aromatic treasures all over the world.

The workshop is from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Old Town Yoga is located at 237 Jefferson St. in Fort Collins.

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