SEASONAL SELF-CARE BLOG
Spring Attunement: Seaweed Bath
Posted on March 19th, 2015
Tomorrow marks the Spring Equinox. While doing a spring cleanse can be great for the body and mind, it’s better to do a deeper detox when the weather gets warmer. According to Ayurveda, doing a juice cleanse or fast when the weather is cold outside can be too depleting to the system. Instead, ease into the transition with a seaweed and epsom salt bath.
The skin is the largest organ in your body and because it so porous, it is also a large part of our detoxification process. Seaweed is rich in minerals and vitamin A, C, B12, K and rich in amino acids. It is nourishing for our main winter organ, the kidneys as well as our liver, our spring organ. I usually use Kombu, but kelp and dulse work well too. You can buy it at your health food store or online.
I tend to take these baths regularly, not only when I am on a cleanse. You should try taking a mini trip to the ocean , too!
- Place 2 or 3 large strips of kombu in a large pot filled with water.
- Bring to a boil, simmer for half an hour.
- Pour in entire contents seaweed & all into your bath water along with a 1/2 cup of epson salts or dead sea salts, and your favorite essential oils.
- Soak in bliss for at least 12 minutes.
Tip: For extra nourishment, stroke your skin with the seaweed. Afterward, your skin will be left feeling soft and silky, while your body and mind will feel deeply relaxed and cleansed.
Balance Vata Dosha in the palm of your hands
Posted on December 3rd, 2014
Are you feeling a bit scattered, overwhelmed, fragmented this Fall. Is it difficult to focus and complete projects? If you are harvesting your living space, did you run into some difficulties? Suddenly you wanted to clear everything out all at the same time and there were piles everywhere and you flitted from one pile to the next and nothing got organized and it all became too much?You might be feeling the effect of Vata dosha out of balance. According to Ayurveda, Vata dosha, the air element, tends to gets out of balance in the Fall. The qualities of vata are dry, light, cold, rough, subtle, mobile, clear, and erratic.Is your skin suddenly super dry? Just last week my skin started getting really chapped and I started reaching for the lotion constantly. We’re feeling dry at the same time as these leaves are turning their beautiful colors, drying up, and falling off. We feel these same effects as nature because we are made up of the same elements.Other vata qualities we experience in the Fall is the erratic weather. One minute it’s warm and the next cold and rainy. With the windy Fall days, we feel the mobile quality. You may experience this increased erratic and constant movement reflected in your thoughts. Are your thoughts spinning all over the place making you feel fragmented and overwhelmed? Have you been experiencing insomnia from racing thoughts?
Mudra to Balance Vata Dosha
Mudras, are sacred hand gestures that redirect prana and enhance vitality. They assist us in connecting with cosmic consciousness and shifting negative energy to positive energy.
Sit in a comfortable position.
Place your middle finger on your thumb and put all the rest of your fingers at the base of your thumb. It looks like a hook.
Rest your hands on your lap.
Relax and breathe deeply.
Stay here for 5-8 minutes.