If you’re practicing your asanas and getting your Ass-ana kicked on the mat, we get it. Of course we believe in Ahimsa (non-harm) but sometimes if you’re focusing on building strength or cultivating the lovely Tapas (Inner Discipline), you may over do it here and there. I used to play full contact sports including roller derby and I’ve had bruises so big they deserved their own zip code and I’ve been so sore after judo flips and crashing to the ground after a good foot sweep that I walked like Frankenstein. So, for my yogis who over do it, I say with complete sincerity that I KNOW YOUR PAIN!
I introduce you to the amazing Super Bath!
Epsom Salts, Hydrogen Peroxide, and Baking Soda Bath: This combination is effective for a couple of reasons. Epsom salts help with bruises, strains, sprains and are an excellent aid in relaxing the whole body after intense exercise or a stressful day. The salts also pull toxic fluids out of the body, so after soaking in Epsom salts, be sure to drink plenty of water to rehydrate. I recommend adding 2-3 cups per soak and stay in the water for at least 15 minutes. I like to read a magazine or listen to relaxing music to take my mind off of things and unwind.
After adding the Epsom salts to the water, add either 2 pints of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (H202) or 1 cup of 35% food grade H202 as well. (Note: 35% H202 is very potent and can burn the skin if touched undiluted. Use this grade with caution). Also add in one or two pounds of Baking Soda. This purifies the blood and causes the water to become very alkaline which is great from cleaning the pores and flushing out toxins as well.
According to www.massagetherapy.com, “When hydrogen peroxide is added to bathwater, the extra molecule of oxygen is released. The famous healing waters of Lourdes, in France, contain concentrations of hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide baths often leave the body feeling alert and revitalized, like spending a day in the fresh country air. This gentle bath is antibacterial, antiviral and cleansing to the emotional and energetic bodies.”
This method oxygenates the blood, cleanses, and leaves your skin feeling silky soft. You can increase the oxygenation by taking deep belly breaths as you enjoy your soak. Also, it is recommended to have the water HOT when you soak, but I’ve had plenty of success having the water comfortably warm. Perhaps you’ll notice from the oxygenation that your skin tone will be much more even after taking this special bath.
So adding these two together = BLISS and REJUVENATION!
Also, speaking of bliss and rejuvenation, have you ever thought of taking a yoga retreat? Thrive is taking a small group of people to Peru (Touted as the new spiritual Mecca!)
You can read about it Here!