Take the step by step clean up routine prescribed by Ayurvedic sciences, yoga's sister science, and demonstrated by Allison. After the 6 steps, you might want to explore some of the other radical techniques described in the ancient texts. Just keep scrolling, Yogi Nora is there.
Here is a chart so you can track progress on your cleansing practices.
Next up: Dry Skin Brushing
Who suffers from DRY SKIN???? Today’s practice will make your skin super soft & smooth!!
Start with dry skin brushing- one of the best ways to detoxify your skin, eliminate dead skin cells and find a healthy glow! I also find it energizing!
Starting on your legs, make 7 long strokes up the legs leading to the heart. Then move to the torso, then down the arms. We are always brushing towards the heart. You can make clockwise circles around your abdomen to enhance digestion. Avoid really sensitive areas like your face and genitals. This should only take about 5 minutes. Some people like to dry skin brush daily while others, like myself, have super sensitive skin and can only handle it 3x/week. You’ll have to try it yourself to decide.
After you’ve done your dry skin brushing rub coconut oil ALL OVER your body. Oil up your face and scalp too (bye, bye dandruff!). We are going to leave it on for about 5-10 minutes.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – why am I putting on oil before my shower? For years, I would dry skin brush, shower, then oil. And I can’t tell you how many shirts and shorts I ruined because the oil would stain them. Then I learned in Ayurveda that we’re supposed to shower AFTER oilation. You’ll let the oil sink in for a little and once you get into your super hot shower your pores will open and the oil will sink in deeper giving you more luxurious skin! Plus, I don’t ruin any more clothes! Genius, right??? So just sit back and let that coconut oil sink in right now.
Don’t have time to let the oil sink in? Doing anything is better than nothing. Change can only happen through action. Do your best today and leave the guilt behind.
PRO TIP: Use a handheld kitchen mixer and add essential oils to your coconut oil for an even more blissful experience! How does your skin feel?
Finally you get to shower!!! Hop in and take a nice, warm luxurious shower. Then end it with a final cold rinse!! And keep in mind, it doesn’t have to be super cold! For me, when it’s cold outside, it turns into a cool rinse. When it’s hot outside, I make it a colder rinse. I don’t want you to be miserable but feeling refreshed when you exit!WHY THE COLD RINSE?This helps draw blood back to the skin’s surface, increasing your lymph system’s function (that’s the system that removes toxins). This brief cool rinse will stimulate your blood flow and keep things moving in your lymph system. Basically, you boost your immune system with every shower!
Now that you’re done showering, feel free to apply any other kind of lotion or moisturizer that you prefer. Then dress mindfully and get ready for your day!
This specific step may not directly impact my immune system, but I do know that it makes me feel better every single day. Too often, I grumble in the morning which leads to negative thoughts throughout the day. By shifting my mindset, I can change my entire well-being. Instead of allowing negative thoughts to permeate your day, say 1 thing you’re grateful for before leaving your house. If you have more time, say a quick prayer or spend 5-20 minutes in meditation.