AUTUMN BALANCING TIPS
Balancing Bathing Ritual
Add 6-15 drops of Balancing Bath & Diffuser Oil to drawn bath. Light a candle, put on some soothing music and relax for 20 minutes. After bath, apply Balancing Body & Massage Oil to body, wrap in a warm robe and enjoy a cup of your favorite tea.
Stress Relieving Bath
Add 2 Tbsp. Stress Release Bath Therapy Salts to a warm bath. Essential Oils of Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Chamomile and Eucalyptus, along with Valerian Root and St. John’s Wort herbal extracts will calm your nervous system and create a sense of vitality and peace.
Stress Relieving Salt Glow
Mix 4 Tbsp. Stress Release Bath Therapy Salts with 2 Tbsp. Balancing Body & Massage Oil and 2 Tbsp. of water. In the shower, rub gently onto entire body to exfoliate skin surface, then rinse off.
Daily Stress Relief
Blend the following Essential Oils into 2 oz. Unscented Lotion or Unscented Body & Massage Oil: 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil, 5 drops Geranium Essential Oil and 10 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil. Apply this blend to your whole body after shower or bath.
Ayurvedic Balancing Ritual
After a relaxing, warm bath, apply Vata, Pitta, Kapha or Bindi (balancing for all) Herbal Infused Body Oil to your body to restore balance to your specific constitution. Wrap in a warm robe and complete the ritual with a cup of the balancing Ayurvedic Tea.
RESTORING & MAINTAINING BALANCE
Calming And Soothing The Nervous System Is Essential For Health
Autumn is upon us…lazy days at the beach, family outings and vacations and looser summer schedules are over. We’re now returning to our regular, more structured work and school schedules and we’ll soon be gearing up for the holidays. Because this can be stressful and anxiety producing, it’s an ideal time to focus on restoring and maintaining our personal, internal balance.
Too much stress aggravates Vata, which is the energy that governs the nervous system. The seat of Vata is in the large intestine where the neurotransmitters that regulate how our nervous system reacts to stress are produced and stored. When a body is under prolonged stress, messages declaring, “emergency, emergency” are sent out from these neurotransmitters to all the cells in our body.
Since calming and soothing our nervous system is essential for maintaining health and well-being, Ayurveda offers suggestions for practices that will send messages of peace and calm to the brain, soothe our nervous system and help restore balance in the body.
- A formal meditation practice or just time carved out to sit quietly, relax and breathe
- With focus on the balancing postures such as the Tree Pose, Half Moon Pose or Head Stand. Staying grounded, centered and focused as we execute these poses helps the body align physically and energetically
- One example would be alternate nostril breathing – see below for more details
- Self massage, given and/or received massage and touch in general
- A simple walk in the woods or forest bathing
A Seasonal Diet & Balancing Herbs
- Try these herbs: Triphala is balancing for Vata dosha in the small intestine and Ashwagandha helps rejuvenate a compromised nervous system and supports the health of the intestinal tract
A Good Night’s Sleep
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ENERGY BALANCING TECHNIQUE
Alternate Nostril Breathing
Years ago, in my early 20’s, I was a hippy living in a geodesic dome that I built at a Northern California hot springs property. I slept on a hay bed and the dome had triangular skylights that allowed the moon to shine through and illuminate my space. I would hike on moonlit paths and lay in meadows bathed by the soft light. I always say that this was one of the best years of my life, being immersed in Nature and it’s natural rhythms. It was there that I learned about the power of lunar energy, which in Ayurveda, is considered the Feminine expression and is cooling, soothing and sedating. According to Ayurveda, the Sun expresses Masculine energy, with active energy that is intense and warming.
In Ayurvedic healing we bring awareness to the balance of Solar and Lunar energy that resides within us in our inner universe, the microcosm, and the outer-universe or macrocosm. We practice specific yoga postures and pranayama breath exercises and gem therapy and dietary guidelines to restore balance of our energetic, physical and emotional aspects of our whole being. This is what true wholistic health strives for – a balance of Active and Passive, Masculine and Feminine, Hot and Cold, Hard and Soft, Yang and Yin.
One very simple but powerful balancing technique can be practiced at your desk, or on a yoga mat, or while lying in bed before you start your day. It is alternate nostril breathing. The basic concept is to inhale through the left, exhale through the right. Then inhale through the right and exhale through the left. Use your thumb and ring fingers to open and close the nostrils, as you inhale fully and exhale slowly. You will find that this calms down the nervous system but also awakens the energy. It is a balance of left and right sides of the brain and of the energy meridians of the body. The left side in Sanskrit is called “ida” and right side is called “pingula.” This ancient balancing technique is simple yet powerful. Try it, for a series of 8 breaths. And notice how you feel. I trust it will be beneficial and supportive to all!
BATHING FOR BALANCE
Today’s fast paced lifestyle appears to have elevated the quick shower as the cleansing regime of choice over the more leisurely bath. Perhaps the knowledge that soaking in a bath – in any season of the year – does much more than just relax tired muscles and calm the mind, it is also a very powerful tool that helps balance the body.
The therapeutic use of water and steam has been practiced since antiquity. In Japan, bathing has been part of ritual purification and the pursuit of spiritual purity. A therapeutic bath has been one of Ayurveda’s principal healing modalities for centuries.
Adding pure herbal elements to a bath supports the flow and quality of energy throughout all the body’s tissues. Soaking in hot water also opens all the body’s pores and circulatory channels, which is why it’s important that only 100% natural products are used without any synthetic scents, colors, binders or emulsifying agents.
TARA Bath Therapy Salts are 100% pure blends of natural minerals, certified organic and wildcrafted herbal extracts and pure essential oils selected for the benefits they add to each formulation: Citrus Refresher, Immune Booster, Loving, Muscle Soother, PMS, Restful Sleep, Stress Release and Woman’s Transition.