aryuveda, essential oils, transcendental meditation, Uncategorized, wellness

Re-Entry

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I wrote about my idyllic time at the Raj at the beginning of last month, for which I am extremely grateful. Now it is time for my blog to catch up to real life… I learned all of these great techniques and now I am trying to implement them in my own crazy, hectic life. No one is cooking for me, making my bed, massaging oils on me, checking on my meditations. (Well, Amy kindly calls to check on me, and it is great having my mom to check-in with regarding all of this too.) But you get my point–life post-Raj is much more scattered, frenzied, and un-Zen.

In the end, I decided I was trying to implement too many life-changes at once. Yes, ideally, I would be waking at 6am for tongue scraping, oil pulling, nasya, garshan, abhyanga, shower, sun salutations, pranayam, and meditation. All before I prepare and eat my barley flakes with fresh fruit and tea. But somehow, this was not happening… So I modified it to garshan/abhyanga/shower every other day with salutations… Which has somehow turned into hey-I-brushed-my-teeth and have-taken-a-shower-in-the-last-three-days I’m good to go!

I want to get back on track though. I need to get “back on track”. Each of the self-care steps I outlined (along with daily NingXia Red, essential oils, a second meditation, and clean eating) make me feel better. Who doesn’t want to feel better?! So the battle of the old, entrenched habits against the new, healthier habits wages on. Sugar & Screen Time are currently in the lead; but I have hope that Meditation, Aryuveda, & Essential Oils will still come out triumphant in the end.

 

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My Stay at The Raj (Part 3): Aryuvedic Spa Treatments

Spring Break 2018Yes, I selected The Raj because I was excited to learn Transcendental Meditation. Let’s be honest though, once I saw the spa treatment list, this is what I was gleefully anticipating in the months between our reservation and our trip! At my pulse assessment it was determined I would benefit from: two Abhyangas, two Shirodharas, an Udvartana, and a Pizzichilli! Wait until you hear what these exotic-sounding treatments are…

Abhyanga is a soothing oil massage done by two technicians performing the same movements on both sides of your body simultaneously. It is detoxifying and relaxing.

During Shirodhara a continuous flow of oil is poured slowly across your forehead to settle and balance the nervous system. The effect was sublime.

Udvartana is an energizing herbal paste massage also performed by two technicians in unison. The benefits are revitalized skin and improved circulation. It was my first treatment; I found it messy and I felt a bit like a piece of meat being prepared for dinner!

In Pizzichilli two technicians pour a constant flow of warm herbal oil in tandem over your entire body. This was the ultimate experience of luxury and relaxation! I am told it is very detoxifying as well.

The men’s and women’s treatment wings were separated. Male clients have male technicians, and female clients have female technicians. This helped me with some of my self-consciousness about being undressed in front of strangers. Other than occasionally fretting about my body or how similar some aspects were to preparing food; for the majority of the time I was able to give myself over to the magical sensations.

I wish everyone could experience these at least once. We all have toxins and stress to shed and everyone benefits from pampering and nurturing. The staff at the Raj does an excellent job of making you feel comfortable, and the treatments themselves are unlike any I’ve had elsewhere.

Being the aromatic-loving lady I am, I opted for the Aromatherapy session as well. The consultant had a lovely collection of essential oils and I was able to smell scents I don’t own in my ever-growing collection. I’m afraid she was a bit alarmed at my over-zealous approach to huffing oils. However, she identified some essences that would be good to support my wellness after I returned home from the Raj.

Also, due to an unfortunate accident involving hot barley water, I got a painful burn during our stay. The Raj graciously provided me with 100x wash ghee, which helped tremendously. (Along with the lavender, frankincense, and tea tree Young Living oils I had just happened to bring with me!) I also received a Maharishi Light Therapy with Gems session. Thirteen specialized light beamers shine thru different precious gemstones to balance and nourish the physiology.

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NingXia, Lavender, and Cypress Oh My!

June 2018 Essential Rewards Order

Two months ago I renewed my passion for essential oils. I love aromas. Herbaceous. Floral. Spicy. Citrus. I love them all. Give me essential oils and I’m like a kid in a candy shop–eyes wide, big smile!

Not only do they smell great, they have amazing therapeutic properties. I have so enjoyed learning more about what they can do. It’s empowering to be able to look up something I need support with and to find the oils that will help. Not only that, they’re so individualized, I can look up ways they can support my girls’ health, and even our dog, cat, and horse!

Pictured above is our June Young Living order. Most exciting is the NingXia Red. This stuff is amazing! As someone who used to hide the daily vitamins and supplements her well-meaning mom used to dole out. (Sorry, Mom!) It is amazing to find a supplement so rich in vitamins and minerals that tastes great.

You can see I purchased some bottle labels to help identify our growing oil collection. Veggie capsules are for taking oils internally. (See how grown up I am now?) The Carrotseed, Copaiba, Field, Fitness, and Jade Lemon on the left were my purchases. On the right the Citronella, Cypress, Lavender, Lemongrass, M-Grain, and Orange we received for FREE with our order!

I’m really trying to get more green at our house too. Recent changes: wool dryer balls (that I can put lovely smelling oils on!), stainless steel straws, and reusable sandwich bags. I am open to suggestion of other ways our family can be more earth-friendly. Please share your ideas in the comments!

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