Usha Anandi. 6 | APRIL | 2021
In a world that invests on, bets on, and relies on us being disconnected from ourselves, self care can be revolutionary.
While I’m a big fan of taking time to lavish yourself in love (Leo Sun here!), I’m also weary of tricky marketing schemes.
You know, programming that convinces us that in order to care for ourselves, we need to spend hundreds of dollars.
Capitalism has taught us to equate self-care with spending more… but my question is, how many face creams, massaging tools, and body lotions will be enough?
True wellbeing is built in the moment-to-moment decisions where we CHOOSE ourselves.
If 99% of life feels imbalanced, disconnected, and stressful – what weight does the 1% of time where you actually take care of yourself have?
If we desire to foster true wellbeing, we have to find self-care practices that are accessible – not only financially, but energetically as well.
Because taking one day out of the month to go on a fancy spa retreat MIGHT make you feel good briefly, but if you go right back to your busy, unbalanced schedule – then truly, what’s the point?
We need practices that can help us build vitality over time, and that means practices that are simple enough and accessible enough (in alllll the ways) to do them EVERYDAY.
For me, a pivotal moment in my self-care journey was when I learned how to actually take care of myself.
Yep, I’m not talking about just scheduling out two hours every week to attend to my needs…
But rather, how to create from my life from a place that fosters true WELLBEING.
If you’re like me, you grew up in a world where running on fumes was seen as ‘normal’….
A world where the women in your family put others first, before even thinking of caring for themselves.
A world where starving yourself from food, disordered eating, or yo-yo dieting was seen as being “healthy”…
A world where taking naps, eating nourishing food, and listening to what your body needs was seen as a luxury…
And you have the feelings of exhaustion, burn out, and disconnection to prove it.
You’re ready to rewrite the narrative, and receive practical, POWERFUL tools to help you do it.
I’ve created a space with you in mind.
This month in our Inner Circle Virtual Membership, I’ve invited Ayurvedic Practitioner Staraya Mckinstry-Robinson to teach body-based wisdom from an ancient lens.
Through ceremony, embodiment practices, and an in-depth lecture, Staraya will share tangible tools to help you unravel body-shaming tendencies, unhealthy relationships with food, and reclaim the self-love that is your birthright.
And because I’m all about making self-care accessible, here is my go-to self-care that you can integrate into your life right now.
As one of my herbalism teachers Kami McBride says… “oil for the body is like love for the soul.”
Yep, this practice is that good!
In Ayurveda, oil massage is known as abhyanga.
And although finding an Ayurvedic Practitioner or Therapist who can facilitate one for you is wonderful, doing it yourself is an incredible way to get to know your own body.
Self-oil massage or abhyanga combines a light pressure, rhythmic massage with the healing benefits of oil. In Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages in the world, the word sneha is used to describe both oil and love. After trying self-oil massage, you’ll see why.
For me, this practice is the crème de la crème of self-care. It’s simple, it’s easy, and the calming, grounding, and nourishing effects are felt immediately.
Perhaps that’s why one of the most famous Ayurvedic texts highlights the benefits of abhyanga in the passage below…
“The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to accidental injuries, or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age.”
~ Charaka Samhita Vol.1, V: 88-89.