This past Monday, Lauren and I returned home from Tulum, where we co-hosted our first ever Cool Ass Yoga Retreat with author of Om For The Mom’s, Vanessa Palmer and I think I am still high on the experience. I knew it was going to be something I would remember forever, but the impact has left a lasting sense of calm and a lighter “Michelle” has taken up residence in my mind, body and soul. Why didn’t I do this sooner?! I am thinking this feels good and I am dedicated to putting the work into “me” so this new version of me sticks around permanently.
While we retreated to the quaint and laid back beaches of Tulum, alongside the yoga and guided meditation practice, we also met for three different workshops, all related to “Releasing Your Inner Goddess”. One of the workshops created was called “Your body is your temple” and together we gathered to discuss what the Ayurvedic Philosophy was and also shared all of our favorite Ayurvedic products, tips and hacks with the “tribe.”
Ayurveda is the ancient Hindu art of medicine and prolonging life. “COME TO MOMMA!” The fact that there is an ancient, tried and true belief that what you put in your body, you can also put on your body exists in the world, it was the obvious choice when building our “Goddess”workshops and it was just what this “resident hypo” needed to revamp my health regimen. The entire group shared what Ayurvedic products they love as well as various skin care regimens and I left with a journal full of take-aways.
It is pretty amazing, all of the different ways you can incorporate Ayurveda into your life, and the investment is minimal. I compiled a list of my favorite Ayurvedic tips that were shared from the workshop and have already started incorporating some of them into my life.
List of Ayurvedic Tips
1. Yogi Tea – I am told if you like Chai you will love this. Yogi tea is a blend of spices, things like cinnamon, fresh ginger, peppercorns and cloves, but what makes this such a great health tonic, aside from it tasting great, (we have all had tea that taste like leaves and grass) it has a number of great health benefits. Drinking this elixir has anti-inflammatory properties, contains calcium, iron, and magnesium, and will even help with lowering blood sugar. I see alot of yogi tea in my future, the tundra is about to set in.
2. Hot water with lemon – Starting your day with 8 oz. of warm water and the juice of half an organic lemon is a simple way to give your body exactly what it needs right out of the gate. The powerful benefits your body will reap just from incorporating this simple drink into your daily routine are endless. Hot water with lemon, first thing in the morning, improves digestion, flushes the lymphatic system, and gently flushes out the kidneys (rather than shocking them with coffee first thing like I normally do). Lemon is loaded with vitamin C which helps boost immunity, lower your risk of heart disease, and is an antioxidant vitamin. This one is a no brainer.
3. Castor Oil – Castor oil is a vegetable oil and native to Africa and India. It is known for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. When it comes to your skin, castor oil has the natural power to heal blemishes, reduce wrinkles, moisturize, and treat fungal infections like ringworm (I’ll have to remember this since my little guy hit the wrestling mat for the first time and those guys are always bringing home some God awful skin fungus), and even fades scars.
4. Palo Santo – One of the items we gave to our retreat guests in their gift bags was a stick of Palo Santo. Palo Santo grows on the coast of South America and it literally means “holy wood.” Coincidentally, “holy wood” was the same thing I said to Ryan the first night I hopped into bed with him after being gone for over a week. To say that we burned this stuff down for 5 days straight while we were in Tulum is an understatement. Palo Santo not only has spiritual benefits and is said to enhance creativity and bring good fortune, this mystical and incredible smelling “holy wood” has healing benefits as well. Traditionally, Palo Santo is used to relieve common cold symptoms, headaches, stress, anxiety and inflammation. Can’t wait for my shipment to arrive. “I got wood!”
5. Coconut Oil – This is one product I have been using for some time and it is all because Lauren passed on the book, Coconut Oil Miracle. That’s what got me hooked. Natural coconut oil has endless health benefits. Eat it to promote weight loss, prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other degenerative diseases. Topically, I use it as makeup remover, to shave my legs, and prevent aging. I throw a spoonful in my smoothies, I use it to saute vegetables and when baking I replace whatever fat the recipe calls for with coconut oil. I have a jar in my kitchen and in my bathroom. I just used my last scoop so I am ordering Dr. Bronners next time I place my Amazon order. It came HIGHLY recommended.
6. Baking Soda – This box of powder is literally a box of POWER! Baking soda is part of the natural mineral Natron. It contains sodium bicarbonate and has been used since ancient times. See a theme here? The Egyptians used Natron for cleansing purposes. For under $1 a box, you can use baking soda as a deodorant, to treat bug bites, as an exfoliant and even to whiten and brush your teeth.
7. Greek yogurt – All I have to say is yogurt is not only loaded with calcium, protein, probiotics and vitamin D, it can also work miracles on the outside as well, namely your skin, hence the Ayurvedic philosophy. As it turns out, yogurt contains lactic acid and alpha hydroxy acid which dissolves dead skin cells. Apply yogurt topically to your face and neck and the mask will help prevent acne, reduce discoloration, hydrate, and brighten your skin. Stay tuned!!! Our all natural Ayurvedic facial and yogurt mask blog post will be hitting TSP soon.
These seven items were the ones that stood out to me and I couldn’t wait to share them with all of you. I am pretty sure you could hop on Amazon for most of these things and get a jump start on your transition to a more Ayurvedic lifestyle (for maybe $25). We also talked about essential oils, tumeric, juices and so much more cool ass shit! I am looking forward to sharing all of this amazing information with all of you in blog posts to come.
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