15 Jun 2018
Self-care rituals are an important part of our practice and an essential part of becoming your best self. Ayurveda, the ancient sister science of Yoga, teaches us that nourishing our unique constitution through diet, herbal treatments, asana sequencing and pranayama, and ultimately balancing bodily systems is the key to living a more sattvic life.
A maintained routine, whether daily, weekly or seasonally, is essential for self-care practices to be effective as it brings about radical changes to the body, mind and consciousness by helping balance one's unique prakriti. There are powerful psychological effects on the mind and biological body clock when routine is well kept, and furthermore assists in digestive processes, and boosts positive emotions such as self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment.
As part of the Eight Limbs, Saucha (or cleanliness) has a whole branch dedicated within the Niyamas, asking us to incorporate healthy habits for better living and spiritual existence.
We asked Maria Garre, Ayurvedic Specialist and Yoga Therapist and Prana Vinyasa Trainer from New Mexico, USA, to guide us through the steps of an Ayurvedic cleansing ritual, Abhyanga or self body massage.