The most important daily Ayurvedic practice is self-massage, otherwise known as Abyangha (ah-bee-YAWN-gah). I’m excited to introduce you to this, as the timing is perfect: performing a self-massage will help you manage the stress of the holidays, and "daily Abyangha" is a great thing to add to your list of New Year's Resolutions!
Hands-down, it’s my favorite daily practice and the one that makes them most difference in how I feel. It takes a little getting used to and can be daunting to try for the first time. All that oil. Sheesh. But ladies. If you’ve been needing an excuse to slather your entire body with warm oil infused with medicinal herbs on a daily basis, look no further.
Ayurvedically speaking, its mandatory. This practice can take you from crazy to calm in 15 minutes. And women the world over have been doing it for thousands of years. Once you try it, you’ll understand why...
There been a lot of talk about Oil Pulling recently in mainstream Western media. What many don't know is that this isn't a new 'thing'; it’s been practiced for thousands of years in India. We asked Ayurveda practitioner Valerie Goulding to help us make sense of this supposedly new -- and very beneficial -- detoxifying practice.
What is oil pulling, anyway?
Put simply, oil pulling is the practice of using some kind of oil -- such as olive oil, sesame oil, or coconut oil -- as a mouthwash to aid in removing toxins from the body.
If it sounds strange to gargle or swish oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes, be reassured that this simple act, practiced regularly, imparts amazing benefits to you and your loved ones. Kind of makes the weirdness seem like a small barrier to a powerful preventative health tool, right?