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Welcome to the “mini yogis minute” weekly yoga tips for teachers and parents looking to create a more fun, engaging, and effective practice for their children. Be sure to check out mini yogis teacher training for all the tricks of the trade!

Many yoga teachers these days are crazy about essential oils. And they love to put drops on their students’ wrists or foreheads in savasana.

A nice idea, but not necessarily a good one.

Before using essential oils in class, take these two things into consideration:

First, you have to make sure that none of the children in your class are allergic to the oils that you use. If so, they can develop symptoms not only if you put it on them, but possibly also by inhaling it from the kids around them.

Second, check to see if any of your kids have sensitivities to the smell. That may be nothing more than the fact that they don’t like the smell you chose. Or it can take the form of an actual sensory processing disorder, which can cause a much more severe reaction. In either instance, the use of oils around them can distract them from the practice and mitigate its effectiveness.

It may be that some kids are okay with the children around them getting the oil and they just skip it. But it may be that some kids can’t even be around it.

Before using essential oils in class, I recommend (a) getting the okay from all the parents, and (b) getting the okay from each child. If you have them both, drip-drop until your heart’s content.

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