A Well Oiled Machine

Black Friday- a day that instills fear in some and excitement in others. It’s the day after Thanksgiving when many of us feel weighed down by the many feasts we’ve had building up to this day. For some of us this madness will continue until the New Year. During this season it can be easy to abuse ourselves by overeating, drinking, and running around getting ready for the approaching holidays.

This morning I woke up with the need to give my body some love. Between teaching yoga all week, maintaining my twice daily practice, and riding my bike around San Diego, my body has had it. That’s why I decided to take 30 minutes to really give this machine that carries me through life a much needed dose of care by greasing up with Castor Oil Bath. It’s a detoxifying ritual that is talked about often in the yoga community and one that I haven’t given much attention to until recently. It’s a fairly simple procedure that involves massaging castor oil into the muscles and joints in the body starting from the head and working your way down. Castor oil baths are a great way to loosen the tightness in the body and relieve the excess heat that builds up during a rigorous yoga practice.

Some key tips I would suggest are:

1. Sit on an old towel on the bathtub floor to keep from slipping.

2. Listen to some great, relaxing music.

3. Keep a strong soap or body wash on hand as the castor oil is quite sticky and difficult to remove (Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap, 18-in-1 Hemp Lavender, 32-Ounce
seems to work well for me).

Also be sure not to engage in any heavy athletic activity for the next 24 hours. It’s your time to take a rest and let the body find a more relaxed state. I guarantee just 15-30 minutes of this routine will help to ease the holiday stress and set you up for a fantastic season.

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