New Year, New You - Love Yourself
Ayurveda – a health wealth secret of the East
I have a little bit of magic to help you with your New Year, New You plan.
Read on if you are: Health conscious / Achey / Have digestive issues / Need a little self-love / Interested in Yoga / or, Simply would like a FREE SELF-MASSAGE ROUTINE (abhyanga)
I’ve got a practice to share with you that has helped me with: 1) Motivation, 2) Living with Anxiety & Depression, 3) Headaches, 4) Fatigue, 5) Muscular Aches, 6) Joint Pain, 7) Concentration, 8) Self-worth, 9) Self-love, 10) Confidence, 11) Relaxation, 12) Addiction 13) Focus, 14) Attention, 15) Tighter, Brighter Skin, 16) Rising Energy
1) What is Abhyanga?
Abhyanga (oil-massage) involves using oil to massage the body. It evokes a deep feeling of stability, warmth and comfort. Personally has aided me profoundly with depression & anxiety.
Charaka Samhita: Sutrasthana: V: 88-89:
The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much, even if subjected to accidental injuries or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts, and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age.
Ashtanga Hrdayam: Sutrasthana: II: 8-9
Abhyanga should be resorted to daily. It wards off old age, exertion and aggravation of vata.
According to Ayurveda, abhyanga, or oil massage, is an essential component to dinacharya (daily practice). This practice nourishes and strengthens the body, encourages regular sleep patterns, stimulates internal organs, enhances blood circulation, and can significantly reduce vata.
In the language of Yoga & Ayurveda, Sanskrit, the word sneha means both “oil” and “love,” and the effects of abhyanga are similar to being saturated with love. Sneha—oil and love—is sukshma, or “subtle.” In being subtle, it means the oil is allowed to pass through minute channels in the body and penetrate deep layers of tissue.
The method of massage stimulates the lymph nodes in the body, giving vast benefits.
Imparts softness, strength and color to the body
Decreases the effects of aging
Bestows good vision
Nourishes the body
Benefits sleep patterns
Strengthens the body’s tolerance
Imparts a firmness to the limbs
Imparts tone and vigor to the dhatus (tissues) of the body
Stimulates the internal organs of the body, increasing circulation
Pacifies vata and pitta
2) Precautions / Prohibitions - When not to practice:
5 Times to Skip Abhyanga: https://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/blog-the-banyan-insight/details/when-to-not-do-abhyanga-and-why/
3) What is Ayurveda?
The sister of Yoga. Fallen from the same tree of the Vedas. Ayurveda includes diet, massage and various holistic healing techniques. Techniques can be practiced in isolation, or you can take on as many practices as you like. There is no rules.
4) Yoga & Ayurveda
Yoga and Ayurveda overlap. They are not quite as separate as sisters, but more like non-identical twins. Whilst each is unique and individual on various levels they do mirror and meet.
5) What is Dinacharya?
Dinacharya, the Sanskrit word for daily routine, is a simple and effective way to balance the body. Our daily activities have a profound effect on our health. A routine, practiced daily, is stronger medicine than an occasional remedy. Dinacharya establishes healthful habits through attunement of the body to the natural cycles of the day. The three doshas, vata, pitta, and kapha, each have their own periods of time within a twenty-four-hour day in which their energies predominate. By establishing a routine that “goes with the flow” of these elemental energies, we are able to more easily support the body 's natural rhythms and healing potential.
6) How to do Abhyanga (full body)
Patiently massage the oil into your skin for about 5–15 minutes. Begin at the extremities and work towards the middle of the body. Use long strokes on the limbs and circular strokes on the joints. Massage the abdomen and chest in broad, clockwise, circular motions. Massaging your body with warm oil is a practice in self-love.
7) How to do a Belly Massage
It is helpful to direct energy to samana vayu, the linear movement around the naval that helps us digest and assimilate our food.
Detailed written tutorial: https://www.joyfulbelly.com/Ayurveda/article/Massage-Your-Digestion/821
GOOD LUCK, & ENJOY!!!
Happy New Year, Happy New You!