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!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Eye of God in Big Bear


This week we went on a hike to the sacred site of snow quartz, the Eye of God, located in the "Pine Place" named so by Native San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Tribe.

It's located close enough to see my home from the Eye of God, or Crystal Mountain, coined by the locals.

The captivating history can be found here. Upon discovering the history, I felt immense gratitude to be living so close to such a sacred site. I knew I had to place my bare feet in that quartz!

After discussing my itinerary with my partners (read children) we packed water, snacks and headed out to explore.

I followed the directions, parked, and began walking.


It was so impressive.

My heart skipped a beat, shit, many beats! It was awe-some. I took off my boots and opened up the chakras in my feet by placing them on the quartz. I felt joy, heart, love, energy! Similar to when I visited Yogananda's dwellings at the Mother Center. Almost over whelming, over powering, like a big hug that makes you cry.


I took along Ganesh, my Chakra healing stones and crystals, my Reiki wand, and my Tulsi mala to charge, energize, connect with the quartz. It was so peaceful.

The view was breathtaking! I didn't want to leave, so we promised to go back and picnic all summer long. Next time I will definitely take her a gift. She was kind to us and I am forever grateful to know she is watching over us. Now and forever. Aum!

En-Joy