One can’t pour from an empty cup. That is why self-care is so important.
While the best of us can get so caught up in life’s various demands, self-care is thoroughly neglected, leading to overall health taking a beating and no cosmetic solution in the world can cure the result of this negligence. Unless self-care is incorporated in day-to-day life, flourishing natural beauty will be a distant dream. Thankfully, we have Yoga Teacher Training India, confirming the ancient discipline of Yoga and Ayurveda principle for an effective but easy-to-follow day to day guide in self-care rituals.
Take some time out every day and pause to love and revitalize yourself with these four following rituals. Realize your inner divine Laxmi- the goddess embodying beauty.
Build Strength Into Your Foundation: The Feet
If you can’t find time for a full body massage to relax, at least give your feet a nice rubdown!
Especially in times of excessive strain, a foot massage can magically relax, make your breathing grow deep and calm, and remove the tautness in body muscles. In one of the seminal yoga texts, Ashtanga Hridaya, four Nerval channels are identified in the feet which carry impulses directly to the eyes. When you create relaxing pressure at the nerve nodes in the feet, strained eyes and tense facial disposition get naturally unwinded.
Make it a point to allow yourself some good loving at the end of a hard day with gentle foot massages in warm herbalized oils having essential relaxing qualities. Do it with your own hands, thus unblocking the subtle energy pathways between the upper and lower body. A well-pampered feet are also more capable of rooting into the earth when standing or sitting with the feet on the ground. You will have better balance and a better sense of foundation this way.
Bathe The Eyes to Clean Your Vision: Optical Care
The eyes are the mirror of our soul. Beauty is revealed and absorbed from the inside through the eyes. You need to keep them clean and rejuvenated, free from the shadow that exhaustion and pollutants can cast in the vision.
Ophthalmic care rituals can be as simple as splashing clean water in your eyes at sufficient intervals, closing the lids from time to time, preferably in minutes-long meditation to allow the flowing of optical fluids, cleaning the eyes before going to bed with a wash of Triphala, and inversion asana exercises to recharge blood flow into the optic veins.
You can also perform a pupil moving exercise with eyelids closed to bring awareness in your optic nerves–
- Move your eyeball clockwise and counterclockwise in succession
- Practice eyeball movement in the order– to the upper left, lower right, lower left, upper right
- Move them straight up followed by straight down
- See to the left and then to the right
Be mindful to keep your gaze “soft” at all times. Your inner vision must come before visuals in stark focuses.
Head Massage and Inversion Asanas: Hair and Health
The secret of lustrous, healthy hair in the Indian tradition signifying inner health and splendor, has been an application of oil-based concoction of different herbs, flowers, and spices. Regular oleation of the scalp promotes good blood flow, relaxation of the nervous channels, and unblocking of the sinuses. This contributes to keeping the cold and flu away, soothes the frayed nerves, and drives away stress.
On taking Ayurveda courses in India, you can learn the art of effective and healing head massages with appropriate oils for appropriate times. Also, you need to couple this up with a regular practice of inversion asanas of yoga to keep the body humors balanced.
Herbal Face Packs: Bringing Out the Glow In Your Face
To look fresh, radiant, and full of vitality is of utmost importance to feel positive and confident and the equation of a healthy-looking skin is made up by taking of proper nutritious meals, regular detoxification, and enhancing herbal skin packs.
Know the cleansing/scrubbing, toning, and moisturizing routine seasonally appropriate for your skin type. A simple Ayurvedic all skin-type appropriate face pack of ground flaxseeds and yogurt-turmeric mask every day can restore lost vitality and bring out your inner glow over a very short time.
Author Bio- Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveler in India. He provides yoga teacher training in nepal, yoga teacher training in kerala and India. He loves writing and reading the books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas. His strong connection with Yoga and the Himalayas has made him organize yoga, meditation and Ayurveda tours, and retreats in the Himalayas.