This past August, I decided to get out of New York and take a step back. I needed some time to reflect on the year that had just passed. I was beginning to feel like New York wasn’t really doing it for me. That moment when you need a break from the hustle of the city…well, this was past that moment. I needed real time away to rediscover what it was that I wanted from life and where I was hoping to place my focus.
At the time, I also was in the process of beginning a small business that specializes in pure essential oils. I had been studying with a dear friend of mine, oil guru Nancy Engel, and had finally taken her advice to make my own products. I had fallen in love with the practice of yoga and meditation, and started to experiment with using pure essential oils to help guide my senses. After many months of investigation, I began to share these oils with my students and other yogis. Thus, I decided to create sprays specifically for the practice and for the general wellness of the mind and body.
Hopping on the train at Penn Station, I made my way to my parents’ small lake house in Massachusetts. Before even stepping inside the house, I went to the dock and dangled my feet in the water. I was there. All of me. No part of me left in New York. I instantly felt ease.
At the lake, I would wake up in the morning and hear children playing in the water and boats going by, and I would smile because I could watch all of this joy from the sofa. While hearing all these sounds of summer, I could also breath in the fresh lake air, among a few other scents. I had all of my oils set up on the kitchen table; scents of lavender, geranium, rose, peppermint, bergamot, eucalyptus, and sweet orange filled the small house and brought pure bliss along with them. I was in heaven.
I began making oil recipes for my very own sprays, creating combinations of these different oils to encourage the mind and body to open and release. I had all of the ingredients laid out on the table and began filling each bottle with love and intention. I would create for a while, spray the room with whatever I was making, and just sit there, watching the water, reflecting on the oils and my state of being.
After a full day of creating these sprays, I realized how happy I was to be working with the amazing gifts Mother Earth has given us. The next step was hard – what would be my business’s name? I knew exactly what I wanted to say, but I just couldn’t find my voice. I had been working on a name for months, and finally, suddenly, it hit me like a bee sting. The name was so obvious: Earth Prana.
After about a month of being on the lake, it was time to return to NYC. I was reserved about returning since I had such a refreshing time at the lake; it was hard to imagine going back to the concrete city. On my return journey, I made a promise to myself: to reflect more often on my everyday life and to remember that even in a place like New York City, I could still reap the benefits of Mother Earth in my small apartment. Using my sprays, I can completely find the sense of openness and release I discovered on the lake, even in the toughest moments. It is so important to take a moment for yourself, and to meet yourself exactly where you are.
I am very happy to announce that Earth Prana is fully up and running! Sprays and other products are available for yogis, teachers, dancers, any individuals looking to add a little earthly love to their life. Each product is made individually with kindness, reflection, love, and positive intention. Sprays are perfectly used as room sprays, body sprays, pillow sprays, and even yoga mat sprays. All oil sprays are antibacterial.
Current sprays available from Earth Prana:
Be Calm – a combination of lavender and geranium-rose oil. Helps the mind relax and the body to melt away.
Renew – a combination of lavender and peppermint oil. Helps find a calm state of mind while also giving a refreshing burst of energy.
Thrive – a combination of peppermint and bergamot. Helps find energy when you most need it, extremely invigorating for the senses.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries.
NEWS: Enroll in The Energy of Oils workshop next weekend!
The Energy of Oils workshop October 12, 2013, 4-6pm at Solomons Studio, 889 Broadway, #4, NYC
This workshop will outline the basics of pure essential oils, while taking a close look at lavender, peppermint, geranium, and sweet orange. Discussion will also cover the impact these oils can have on the mind and body, and for yogis and yoga teachers, how to incorporate pure essential oils into your practice and classes.
The workshop is open to all. Enroll at http://mindbodydancer.com/product/personal-enrichment/
*Sprays and other products will be available at The Energy of Oils workshop
- Christine Luciano