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comforts on the path-Sake bath

Fresh-Sake bath.

Another amazing product to share!  Ooooh and it’s a good one.

Detoxifying the body is very important.  Drinking water is the simplest way to ensure that your body’s systems are constantly replenishing and eliminating toxins.  Daily pollution, chemicals found in foods and helping the immune system to fight illness are all part of the detoxifying process.  Bathing is an ancient way to speed this process.  Working up a nice sweat and releasing all of the bad stuff has been practiced by almost every culture throughout history.

The great company “Fresh” has developed a bath soak that has become a necessity in my house.  The Sake Bath soak uses 50% real Sake along with real ginger, pine, and real peach extract for a toxin pulling, gloriously aromatic experience.  Apparently, the idea for the soak came from the tradition of Geishas.  They would bathe in sake and mix it with real peaches for a bath that left their reknowned skin soft and purified.

The liquid itself is a light amber colour and is somewhat close to syrup in it’s consistency.  You tip the bottle and pour the liquid under running water and it foams slightly.  A beautiful faint peach smell permeates the air.  Once in the bath, you will feel a lovely light coating on your skin underwater.  Sake elevates the body’s temperature, so you begin to sweat and the detoxifying begins.  20 mins later, take a moderately cool shower-using no soap to allow the benefits of the bath to thoroughly sink in.  I always feel rested and energized after my Sake soaks.

It’s definitely not cheap-a bottle runs around $80- but you use very little per bath and my full bottle usually last 3 months or so.  Treat yourself and enjoy.  Or give as a gift to someone who would love it.  Breathe deep and sweat it out!

in the weeds

“Head under water

And you tell me

to breathe easy for a while”

~Sara Bareilles

Easily overwhelmed lately?  Hi, nice to meet you.  Eternally feeling like you are racing to catch up to your own life?  Me too.  There seems to be one less hour in the day that I need to get everything done.  I try to carve out some time for meditation, grocery shopping, gym, yoga, teaching yoga, teaching dance, returning emails, walking my beautiful dogs—-not to mention being present in my relationship, connecting with friends, staying ambitious in my career…….aaaaaaand I am hyperventilating already just writing it all down.  Sound familiar?  Or maybe things are a bit perilous.  Maybe you’ve hit a stumbling block in life and you are swirling down and down.

Have you ever been physically pushing yourself to your edge on the treadmill or in a workout or yoga class?  In yoga classes, the exertion can be intense.  The mind says- I can’t do it!  Move out of the pose! Move your arms! It’s too much!.  Instantly the breath quickens and becomes shallow.  Heart races, adrenaline pumps and you focus on getting out of the situation instead of knowing it will be over and learning to breathe through the uncomfortable moment.

“In the weeds”.  The tall grasses grow higher and higher around you.  Your arms and legs get tangled up in them as you try to pass through.  Panic sets in….you thrash about trying to free yourself and you only become further enmeshed.  You can’t even see the skyline anymore, just everything closing in around you.

Why is it that we always go right for the panicked fight?  Never works.  Once you have exhausted yourself you find, huh……..if I just become still maybe it isn’t as bad as I thought.  In fact, when you are in the weeds- what else can you do but just stop and be still for a moment?  Slowly, figure out which body part is wrapped up and carefully slide out, using very little energy.  Take stock, plan your way out.  A simple path–much simpler than you ever thought- can lead you back out the the sun.

Plant your feet firmly on the ground and slowly ease your way out.  Feel the freedom.