Ayurveda Skin

The number one rule in natural skin care is, never use anything on your skin that you can’t put into your mouth. Our skin is the largest organ of our body, and it needs to be fed and nourished just like the rest of our body. Using the principles of Ayurvedic skin care we can safely and naturally keep our skin radiant. Daily skin care rituals include abhyanga massage, a full body self massage with herbal infused oils. The massage is done prior to bathing, using oils like coconut in the warmer months because it’s consistency is lighter, and sesame in the colder months because the denseness protects skin from wind and cold. It may seem odd using cooking oil on your skin, but when it comes to skincare products, simple is best.

You’ll start the massage at your feet and work your way up to your face body part by body part. Leave the oil on for a minimum of 20 mins then cleanse using exfoliating gloves with an oil based soap like Dr. Bronner’s. Your skin will tingle with cleanliness, smell wonderful, and retain moisture. In the winter months when we are going from dry heat inside, to freezing cold outside, re-apply the oil after your shower and mix it with rosewater to minimize greasiness.

These are our favorite skin care products made right here in Philly:

Wilde Gatherings (Inside The Parlour in Fishtown): anti-aging cleanser, soothing oil, repair oil, and aroma mist are to die for!

Aromabliss (Graduate Hospital): Bliss balm face cream, bliss balm body cream, and dosha specific abhyanga oils. Literally every single product is luxurious and effective.

Always Ballet

Growing up as ballet dancers, we are taught discipline and work ethic from a young age. This level of education prepares us for success at almost anything we choose to do, because we are bred to be professional and passionate. Ballet is a high art form, and we are privileged to perform to music, and choreography from classical times. We are raised training, and manipulating our bodies to uphold a standard of ethereal beauty that has been passed down from one end of the planet to the other for generations. We don’t fully understand the responsibility of continuing the lineage of this art as children, but as time passes, we continually challenge the physical limitations of our bodies, and raise the standard of excellence for ballet.

Albert Einstein said “dancers are the athletes of God”. The spiritual aspects of ballet are somewhat overlooked culturally however, our relationship to music, movement, and spirit is nothing less than sacred. This connection is what it takes to create beautiful art that withstands the test of time, and after a hundred years still moves people to tears. This is a bond that will be imbedded in our DNA for life, which is why it is so painful for a dancer to retire. It feels like a part of us has gone missing, but the truth is, ballet will always be with us. Until death and probably after, the experience we had as dancers in this lifetime is part of a legacy in this world. Ballet will always be there to remind us of our strength, our beauty, and our brilliance.

Resolution Refresh

Winter has come to an end, but our new year resolutions don’t have to! When we’ve lost motivation and the winter blues are upon us, it’s time for a resolution refresh!

Take a few days this month to do a deep full body cleanse. Since it’s freezing outside, try a vegetable soup cleanse like Philly based Satya. Dense nutrition and easy digestion is just what your body needs to restore.

Epsom salt baths will draw out toxins, warm you up, and soothe your sore muscles. Add a few drops of lavender oil to help you relax to the max.

Oil your skin with an ayurvedic abhyanga massage. We are huge fans of the Philadelphia based ayurvedic skin care brand, Aromabliss, which makes dosha specific abhyanga oils and it is homemade right here in Philadelphia by our dear friend and teacher Lilavati.

Morning meditations are a great way to cleanse your mind of stress and anxiety. All you have to do is get comfortable, be still, and breathe slow and deep. At first it may be difficult to quiet your monkey mind, but after the first few days, the mind chatter subsides, and you’ll be able to get to your happy place.

Futurists Joel Barker said, “Vision is merely a dream without action” and we agree. One way to take action is by creating a vision board. Vision boards inspire manifestation because they force you to be specific about your desires. They guide you toward the steps you’ll have to take to reach your resolutions. Taking ideas out of your mind and putting them on paper is the first step to bringing your vision into reality.