Friday, May 20, 2016

5 Reasons to Abhyanga


First, what the fuck is Abhyanga?!

  • Based in Ayurveda 
  • Self massage with pre-medicated warm oil

For most Americans, touching ourselves is generally reserved for our private parts.

*We don't associate touch with healing*

In Ayurveda, it is part of our lifestyle to do a self massage. How often depends on the Dosha. It varies from daily to weekly.

Find out more here.

It took me a very long time to begin this practice.  Here's why:

  • I didn't love myself
  • I thought touching myself was only for sexual purposes
  • Oil on my body - say what?
I bought some amazing Kapha oil to start the journey. I usually warm up my oil in hot water, or a mini slowcooker. I like to apply the oil after a shower or bath, however, I also apply before my yoga practice. 
  • Applying before yoga allows us to sweat out deep seated toxins while practicing.

Here's a quick vid of how I apply. This is only my arms and legs, I also do my back and stomach, which I didn't show (but you can see a more thorough example here).



I suggest laying down a towel on your mat after oiling down. Your yoga mat will get slippery without one. 

After a month of practicing this therapeutic modality I experienced:
  • Love for my body and shape
  • Confidence, which led to feeling empowered
  • Better sleep
  • Improved emotional, and mental state
  • A Goddess like feeling (no, seriously)
  • So much more!
It almost felt like I was peeling away the layers and unearthing the "me" that was before I decided to "adult".

I hope you're curious enough to try this out. If you buy from the links I've shared (for which I'd be grateful), I get credit, as I am an afflilite. 

If you need any help, advice, have a question - I'm here to serve and help as much as I possibly can. 

En-Joy!

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