Day 1 of your exclusive 4 day personal reset with Tara Curran from Skin Food Talk and Heather Lilleston from Yoga for Bad People.
Nurture and nourish your skin, mind and body on day 1 of the Anytime Anywhere SUPER ELIXIR Reset
Brush, brush, brush
Dry brushing has become one of my favorite parts of the morning. These beautiful brushes not only make your bathroom look like a beautiful zen spa but provide detoxing support and help nourish and brighten the skin.
One of the main benefits of dry brushing is how it supports the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is responsible for removing waste from the blood, and a lot of times toxins can lay just under the skin. Using a dry brush can help stimulate the lymphatic system, support blood flow and remove dead skin cells. It also has a great energizing effect. Some have also shown a significant reduction in cellulite after consistently dry brushing.
Practice every morning starting at your ankles and brushing upwards in circular motions, stroking towards the heart. Spend 3-5 minutes brushing your legs, torso, back, shoulders and arms. You can choose to do this before getting in the shower or after. If you choose to do so after, spray the brush with your favorite body oil, and make sure that the body is completely dry.
image via @taracurran_
Take your greens
To help balance my hormones and stay fuller longer I like to make sure I am having a nourishing breakfast that includes a vegetarian protein and fat. Using the SUPER ELIXIR Greens, I created this recipe for the perfect flavour filled punch of nutrition.
THE EVERYDAY SMOOTHIE
2 tablespoons SUPER ELIXIR Greens
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 ½ cup Almond Milk
1 tablespoon cashew butter
Add ingredients to blender. Blend until desired, thick consistency. Pour into glass and enjoy.
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Setting up the seat
Sit down and centre yourself. This is an important step to consider with attentiveness because the next step is to commit to the seat you have chosen, and not move or fidget.
Here are 2 ways to centre yourself.
- Start by lifting your seat up on a cushion or blanket so you get a subtle anterior tilt to your pelvis. This is closer to anatomic neutral and releases the hip flexors so there is some ease in your seated position, less impediment on the breathe and more ease to a lengthened upright spine. Note: there should be curves in your spine. You are NOT looking for a straight spine.
- Time to tap. Using your fingertips, tap your temples, jaw, cheeks, forehead, skull, back of the skull and the occipital ridge at the top of the neck where the neck meets the skull.
Spend this mediation session focusing on creating a good meditation seat. I encourage you to act a little like the princess and the pea - be picky. Once you have a great seat, then you can really commit to a daily practice without always being distracted by the aches and pains of the body. You will also find that you are reiterating good posture during relaxation and repatterning any misalignments in your body during your meditation practice. Sometimes meditation can be a more profound way to change the body than typical exercise. Spend 10 minutes finding your seat, no more, no less. Start embedding the habit of 10 minutes a day for meditation now.
Parivritta Janusirsasana - Opening the Lungs and the legs
One of the big questions in yoga is “what is impeding the natural breath?”. The practices of yoga are designed to show us where we are resisting our basic connection to joy - which breathing is a huge part of. I chose to start with a seated pose that opens the legs, the backs of the knees, stimulates digestion and opens the lungs with the side bend. It has a subtle backbend to encourage an inhalation pattern but is gentle enough to not disrupt the system first thing in the morning or if one is new to the yoga practice.
- Begin in a wide straddle seated on the floor (feel free to add a cushion under your seat if you are not sitting upright easily).
- Bend one knee in and place the heel of the foot to the side of the pubic bone.
- Lean inside the extended leg and flex the foot of the extended leg vigorously.
- Reach the arm over your head and breath 5 breaths.
- Push the bottom hand down to lift up.
- Do the other side.