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Health & Wellness Private Yoga Instructor Santa Monica Los Angeles Self Care Grounding Ritual

Published on June 5th, 2017 | by Catherine Tingey

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Self Care Grounding Ritual

Self Care Grounding Ritual

Filling our own cup is a daily practice. I think self care is particularly important for anyone in a helping profession (teachers, social workers, therapists, healers, etc.) or anyone going through a care-giving stage in life.

In this post I’ll share a grounding practice I do when I’ve been:

  • too much ‘in my head’ i.e. educating and teaching mode

  • multi-tasking excessively

  • eating on the run

  • sleeping poorly (waking but still feeling tired)

In the Ayurvedic tradition, self-massage with warm oil is known as Abhyanga. Abhyanga is particularly helpful for calming Vata doshas (find your Dosha here!)

It is said that the effects of Abhyanga are akin to ‘being saturated with love.’ Who doesn’t want that?

You’ll need:

  1. oil that you like applying to your body (coconut and jojoba are good, non-irritating choices)

  2. Cedar Bark essential oil (I like the Living Libations brand)Private Yoga Instructor Santa Monica Los Angeles Self Care Grounding Ritual

  3. some type of bath salts (ideally with little or no fragrance)

Ritual:

  • Light a candle and prepare the bath with 1-2C of bath salts. Err on the hot side.

  • Private Yoga Instructor Santa Monica Los Angeles Self Care Grounding RitualPick a part of your body to massage with the oil, focusing on slow, smooth strokes. For grounding, I like to focus on my belly or my chest. For emotional relaxation, I focus on my heart (left side of the chest).

  • Pour a small amount of oil on the area and begin to massage. Then drop 2-5 drops of Cedar Bark oil onto your oiled skin. Continue massaging. * If you have sensitive skin, either abstain from the Cedar Bark oil or mix it into your carrier oil first.

  • It is good to do this practice in front of a mirror while repeating any type of affirmation that feels right to you. I like (“Thank you Body for being so strong and beautiful“) but you should make up your own. Try to avoid negative self-talk during this time and if that’s not possible, start with a body part you feel neutral about.

  • After 10-15 minutes of massage, enter the bath. If you used any essential oil, take a couple deep breaths as the warm water will volatize the oil and you may experience it in a new way. Cedar Bark oil has a centering effect that is very long lasting. It is also helpful for inducing sleep. I find it more effective for grounding than other woody oils like pine or camphoraceous oils like rosemary. There is something wonderful about anointing your body with oil from a tree that may be up to 800 years old!

  • Allow yourself to drift off for at least 30 minutes.  Use a wash cloth to remove any excess oil, pat your skin dry, drink a small amount of liquid, and go to bed!

Have a favorite self care grounding ritual? Share in the comments below.

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher after practicing for 24 years.

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher after practicing for 24 years.



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