Some people say “have a great day.” Doesn’t this statement sounds like your day is based on luck or external factors? At Wild Grace, we believe in saying, “make it a great day.” This statement is based on internal factors—it is up to us to set our own intentions, be mindful and choose how we will think, feel and behave. This in turn means we each have the power to create not only what our day will become, but our destiny. This can be achieved through believing in ourselves, and strengthening our mind-body-soul connection. With our philosophies inspired by Ayurveda, here is a 10 minute morning routine that can help recharge your energy and your spirit, so you can make it great day every day.
Start with eye movements and chakra mantras for a few minutes
Moving your eyes from side to side can help stimulate your brain and improve your memory. Psychologists Andrew Parker and Neil Dagnall say the effect could be related to sideways eye movements increasing interactive neural activity across the front of your brain’s two hemispheres. Their research showed bilateral eye movements appear to enhance memory and decrease the extent to which subjects rely on or make use of “gist based” false memory. These findings build on earlier research showing sideways eye movements improve the accuracy of recall.
The eye movements What to do:
Firstly, Sit upright and keep your head in a fixed position, then follow this sequence repeating each movement at least twice.
With your eyes only, Look up and then down.
Look to the right and then left.
Look diagonally; upright quadrant and lower left, and then upper left quadrant and lower right.
Circle eyes gently to the right and circle to the left.
Fix a point straight ahead, then midway between that point and tip of nose, and end with gaze on tip of nose
Practice each movement with slow, gentle movements, carefully moving to the maximum extension of your eye muscles in each direction.
Practice “Nadhi Shodana” breath work for a few minutes
Nadi Shodhana, AKA “alternate nostril breathing,” is a technique that helps quiet your mind, body and emotions; it helps ease racing thoughts if you are experiencing anxiety. There are several different styles of Nadi Shodhana, but they all help create balance and regulate the flow of air through your nasal passages. With just a few minutes of this technique, you can help restore balance and relaxation. This practice is also believed to help improve your ability to focus, clear your energetic channels, rejuvenate your nervous system and remove toxins.
Alternate nostril breathing What to do:
To practice this technique, sit comfortably, ensuring your spine is straight and your heart is open.
Relax your left palm in your lap and bring your right hand in front of your face.
With your right hand, bring your pointer and middle finger to rest between your eyebrows. You’ll actively use your thumb and ring finger.
Close your eyes and take a deep breath in and out through your nose.
Close your right nostril with your right thumb. Inhale slowly through your left nostril.
Close the left nostril with your ring finger so both nostrils are closed and keep your breath at the top of the inhale for a short pause.
Open your right nostril and release your breath slowly through the right side, then pause briefly at the bottom of your exhale.
Inhale through the right side slowly.
Hold both nostrils closed (with your ring finger and thumb).
Open your left nostril and release. Breathe slowly through your left side. Pause briefly at the bottom.
Repeat the steps above to complete 4-5 cycles, allowing your mind to focus on your inhales and exhales.
Practice “Breath of Fire” for a few minutes
Breath of Fire is a form of cleansing pranayama (another breathing technique) rooted in Kundalini yoga. It should be avoided if you are pregnant, have with vertigo or high blood pressure. It is helpful for those experiencing chronic pain, those trying to build inner core strength, and those with anxiety or depression. It is calming, detoxing and strengthening. It will take time to build up your practice.
Breath of fire What to do:
Sit tall, lengthening the space between your navel and your heart.
Breathe in and out through your nose, then pull your abdomen in during your exhale, and press it out during the inhale. Imagine your belly filling up with air during your inhale and use your abdominal muscles to push the air out during your exhale.
Start to shorten each breath and pick up the pace. Your breathing should be loud and somewhat quick.
Try to equalize your inhale and the exhale in strength and length.
Post-pranayama, always pause and take a few smooth deep breaths as you sit and listen for the immediate effects of the practice. Tingling is completely normal (and quite wonderful!).
Start with 30 seconds and a slower rate. After a while, you can try 2-3 sets of 30 seconds.
If you have time, practice a few sun salutations here.
A chant for a peaceful ending
You can end your morning routine with this beautiful healing song:
May the long time sun shine upon you All love surround you And the pure light within you Guide your way on Guide your way on Guide your way on
What you eat (and don’t eat) can greatly affect your overall health, including the health of your skin. If you want glowing, radiant skin, consider avoiding processed foods that are stripped of their nutrition and get back to basics with whole foods that are nutrient dense. Make sure you are getting enough essential nutrients to protect your skin by keeping these foods on your grocery list and in your kitchen to keep your skin looking its best!
What are Doshas?
We offer suggestions around how foods impact your skin based on your dosha type. According to the Ayurvedic philosophy, doshas are biological energies found throughout our mind and body. They govern physical and mental processes and provide us with a blueprint for health. The three Ayurveda doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Vata is made up of air and space elements. Pitta is made up of fire and water. Kapha is made up of water and earth. With respect to your skin, a predominantly Vata dosha individual will experience dryness, premature aging and thinning of the skin. A predominantly Pitta dosha individual will experience sensitivity, rosacea, acne and will have combination skin. A predominantly Kapha dosha individual will experience oiliness, cysts, larger pores and/or blackheads. You can address these skin conditions with foods and products that bring balance to your dosha type.
Fish as a Main Dish
Omega 3s found in fish are essential fatty acids that help protect your skin cells, among other important jobs. They help make the fatty layer under your skin (collagen) more firm, which may help reduce lines and wrinkles. The best fatty fish include salmon, tuna (bluefin and albacore), trout, mackerel, sardines and anchovies.
Dosha tip: Salmon and trout can be overheating for the Pitta dosha individual but great for the Vata dosha individual.
Spinach on the Side
Like spinach, most leafy green vegetables contain omega-3. It’s an ideal base for salad and a nutritious addition to sandwiches, smoothies and sautéed dishes. Spinach contains antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene that have been shown to combat wrinkles. Add a little lemon juice to enhance the absorption of this leaf’s goodness.
Dosha tip: Spinach can be drying for the Vata dosha individual but great for Pitta and Kapha dosha individuals.
Nuts and Seeds as a Snack
Most plant-based foods won’t provide you with as much omega-3 as fish sources, however, they are still a good source that should not be ignored. Plus, plant based foods are rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients.
Keep super seeds on your grocery list! Consider “superfood” seeds such as hemp hearts, chia seeds and flaxseed. You can combine one tablespoon of each with half a cup of your favourite dairy-free milk for a vegan breakfast packed with nutritional punch. Hemp seed oil and flaxseed oil are particularly rich in essential fatty acids like omega 3. You can mix these oils into cereals, soups, smoothies, salads, sauces and dips.
Other plant-sourced omega-3 foods that can help nourish your skin include walnuts, walnut oil and almonds. Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E that help your skin stay smooth. Enjoy them raw or add chopped walnuts to your salad or cereal.
Last but not least, avocado (technically a fruit) is an excellent food for skin health. It is rich in omega 3 and contains vitamins A, D and E, which are referred to as “building blocks” for your skin. These nutrients have even been shown to help even out skin tone and fight acne. Make a creamy guacamole and enjoy sliced avocado in your sandwich or salad.
Dosha tip: For the more fragile digestive system of a Vata dosha individual, soaking nuts before consuming them makes them much easier to digest. Heavy nuts are great for Vata dosha individuals, while seeds are best for Pitta and Kapha dosha individuals, however they should be consumed in moderation.
Garlic for Flavour
Raw garlic has been shown to contain antibiotic, antibacterial and antiviral properties which makes it a good remedy (and prevention) for blemishes. It helps to promote clear skin. To make the most of its naturally antibiotic compounds. Add garlic to all your favourite dishes for a dose of skin healing goodness!
Dosha tip: Raw garlic should be avoided for the more fragile digestive system of a Vata dosha individual, as well as for the easily over-heated system of the Pitta person.
Berries for the Best Dessert
Berries contain antioxidants and vitamins that may help protect your skin and minimize damage such as wrinkles that are caused by free radicals. Berries also contain vitamin C, which can help keep your skin firm. Vitamin C helps produce collagen, which helps your cells and blood vessels grow. Eat berries of all colours to benefit from the variety of nutrients they offer.
Dosha tip: Berries that are more on the sour side are great for Vata dosha individuals, but not for Pitta dosha individuals. Pitta dosha individuals should select sweeter berries. If you’re a Kapha dosha individual, consume small quantities of sweeter types of berries.
Last but not least, follow your intuition. As long as you are not in an extreme imbalanced state your intuition will guide you towards what your body truly needs!
Did you know feeling beautiful is all about what you put into your body and mind? Feeling secure and loved, living a life of purpose and making healthy lifestyle choices will help you radiate from the inside out. Being authentic, taking care of your body—your sacred temple, is a natural way to release unnecessary accumulated tension and stress.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ and it can absorb much of what we lather onto it. Choosing organic, botanical and non-toxic skincare products like those offered by Wild Grace can help you feel and look your best. Self-care practices are the foundation of true nourishment and lead to a gorgeous healthy glow! To anoint your body with nourishment for your skin and soul is not a luxury, it is a necessity!
Nourishing your skin is easy! Here are a few of our favourite natural Ayurvedic Do-It-Yourself facial mask recipes that you can put together with ease and enjoy at home. First, here is some important information about Doshas and how they relate to your skin.
What are DOSHAS? Within the philosophy of the Ayurvedic approach, the doshas are biological energies found throughout the human body and mind. They govern all physical and mental processes and provide every living being with an individual blueprint for health and fulfillment. There are three doshas in Ayurveda: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The first dosha, Vata is made up of air and space elements. The second dosha, Pitta is made up of fire and water. The third dosha, Kapha is made up of water and earth. In terms of skin, a predominantly Vata dosha individual will experience dryness, premature aging and thinning of the skin. A predominantly Pitta dosha individaul will experience sensitivity, rosacea, acne and will have combination skin with a tendency towards inflammation. A predominantly Kapha dosha individual will experience oiliness, cysts, larger pores and/or blackheads. You can address any of these skin conditions with our WILD GRACE products that support and bring balance to your doshas. In addition, these DIY maks recipes will do wonders for your skin!
DIY SPA FACIAL MASKS FOR HEALTHY SKIN You can enjoy a “home spa day” for a fraction of the cost of going to a fancy spa. Pamper your skin with true spa-like treatments in 5 steps or less, and experience natural glowing and radiating beauty from the inside-out!
Facial Mask for Dry Skin: Ayurvedic mask for VATA: Honey Rose Mask 1.) Mix Fresh Rose Petals (6-8), 2 tablespoons of rose water, 1 teaspoon plain yogurt and 1 teaspoon raw honey in a medium bowl. For a more potent effect, add 4 drops of Wild Grace Beauty botanical VATA SERUM. 2.) Soak the rose petals for an hour. 3.) Crush the rose petals in a bowl or mortar. 4.) Mix the yogurt and honey with the rose petals and apply to your face. 5.) Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes and rinse off with a facecloth. Enjoy your radiant and moisturized skin!
Facial Mask forCombination Skin: Ayurvedic mask for PITTA: Turmeric Mask. 1.) Mix 1 tablespoon of chickpea flour, 1tbsp of honey and 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric in a small bowl. For a more potent effect, add 4 drops of Wild Grace botanical PITTA SERUM. This turmeric mask works well to reduce acne and eczema. It reduces inflammation and redness, and promotes skin healing. It also helps to exfoliate and moisturize your skin for firm, tighter skin, giving the face a more youthful appearance. 2.) Apply to a clean face. 3.) Let sit for 15 minutes, relax, and rinse off with a facecloth. Enjoy your radiant and beautiful skin!
Facial Mask forOily Skin: Ayurvedic mask for Kapha. Purifying Mask. 1.) Combine 1 tablespoon pink clay powder, 1 teaspoon Triphala powder, 1 teaspoon aloe gel, 1 teaspoon rose or witch hazel water, 2 drops lemongrass essential oil. For a more POTENT effect, add 4 drops of Wild Grace botanical KAPHA SERUM. 2.) Mix all of the mask ingredients together in a small bowl until you obtain a smooth consistency. 3.) Prep your skin by applying a damp warm towel on your face and wiping off the day’s impurities with gentle strokes. 4.) With a mask brush or your finger, apply the paste all over your face, avoiding the more sensitive eye areas. 5.) Allow the mask to dry and set for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat to dry. Enjoy your beautiful glowing skin!
We hope you’ll enjoy all of these easy DIY mask recipes.
If you want to manage stress effectively and improve your health, consider the scientifically proven practice of meditation. Used for thousands of years, meditation is considered a mind-body complementary medicine and a tool to help cleanse and detox your mind. Just a few minutes of daily meditation can refocus your mind and restore inner peace and a state of calm. Anyone can practice meditation. It’s easy, you can practice anywhere, it doesn’t cost anything, and the only piece of special equipment required is you!
Meditating allows you to focus your attention on the present moment and eliminate the abundance of thoughts (about the past and future) weighing on your mind and causing you stress and worry. The process has been shown to enhance emotional and physical well-being. Some research suggests that meditation may help people manage symptoms associated with conditions such as: cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain and headaches, digestive disorders, mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, and sleep disorders.
There are meditation centers and group classes led by trained instructors that you can look into. However, you can also practice meditation on your own. When you meditate, ensure you have a quiet setting, comfortable position, focused attention and relaxed breathing. You can focus your attention on a specific object or image, a mantra, or your breathing. Breathe deeply using your diaphragm to expand your lungs. This helps to slow down your breathing, take in more oxygen, and reduce the use of your neck, shoulder and upper chest muscles. The key to meditation is frequency (daily practice) over quantity—it is far better to meditate a little each day instead of doing so sporadically for longer periods of time.
Here are some simple exercises you can try to help strengthen your meditation practice.
Try breathing in through your nose, and out through your mouth, slowly. Make each breath cycle last for about six seconds. When you exhale, release worrisome thoughts from your mind. Focus on your breaths and pay attention to the sounds and movements of your chest. By completing these breathing exercises during times of stress, you will be able to center yourself and return to the moment.
Meditation Exercise: #2: Observe Nature
Observation is key to being in the moment; it’s nearly impossible to be aware of your situation and surroundings if you’re not observing them. You need to shift from naturalistic observation to participant observation. We often don’t appreciative day-to-day moments and seem to live life on autopilot. Learning to see each moment as an individual experience can help us create a more authentic and meaningful life.
Having a focal point to observe can help you build your concentration. Observing our surroundings can help connect us with the beauty of the natural environment, something that is easily missed in the daily grind. Try selecting an item from nature at a park or in your garden and watch it for a minute or two. It could be an insect, animal or a plant. Look at your chosen item and all of its characteristics. You can then unplug and reconnect with what is real.
Meditation Exercise #3: Listen Carefully
Practice focusing on the physical act of hearing instead of listening to the message. You can do this by being aware of the present moment and your surroundings—listen intently by taking in the various sounds you hear. Recognize that noises are mere vibrations. For example, when you listen to music, instead of judging it and using evaluative language like “good” or “bad,” try concentrating on the sounds of the individual instruments. By not getting caught up in the “content” or meaning, you can stay focused in the present moment while still being aware of your surroundings.
You might find that waking up to the chirping of birds—simply staying still and listening to their unique sounds—is another great approach to this exercise. You can experience it on nature walks, too, or during bird-watching hikes. We’re so routinely distracted by our modern world that we miss a lot of what’s happening around us.
Meditation Exercise #4: Visualization and the Ayurvedic Approach
The Eastern ancestral health system of medicine, Ayurveda is based on the idea of balance of the mind-body connection and uses diet, herbal treatments, and yogic breathing, meditation and numerous others techniques to ease our path towards our unique state of balance. Ayurveda truly is a holistic health system. Vata, pitta and kapha are known as the doshas—they are the most foundational Ayurveda concepts. According to the Ayurveda approach, doshas are energetic forces of nature and principles that help us to better understand ourselves and the world we live in. To meditate with these principles in mind, you can use visualization from your home for each dosha type. The Ayurvedic approach suggests that everyone has all of the doshas within, which govern the physical and emotional systems of the body, however, each individual has varying degrees of each of the doshas. This makes each person unique.
Each dosha is associated with elements:
Vata : air and ether
Pitta : fire and water
Kapha : water and earth
The Ayurvedic approach aims to balance excess. So visualization techniques may help bring balance to each of the respective doshas. For example, a high-Vata person, who when out of balance, may experience more anxiety, more dryness and feelings of being ungrounded can focus on warm and slow visualizations to balance the cold/variable qualities of Vata.
For individuals experiencing Pitta in excess— for whom the hot qualities of the fire element may cause more inflammation, irritability, and impatience etc., may find comfort and be soothed with cooling meditations like visualizing walking barefoot in the grass under a moonlit garden.
Kapha in excess; may cause stagnation, lethargy, a general “stuck in the mud” kind of feeling. This individual may need more stimulating, energizing visualizations, such as visualizing a tropical jungle.
Other ideas for visualizations within the different doshas:
Vata: To feel good, this dosha focuses on warmth and slowing down. Try visualizing that you are sunbathing on a warm beach in the summer.
Pitta: To feel good this dosha focuses on cooling images. You can visualize on a majestic waterfall in Hawaii, or that you are surfing the waves ;-).
Kapha: To feel good, this dosha focuses on more stimulation and vibrant colours. You can visualize an Amazonian forest with colourful tropical birds chanting and dancing on the branches, surrounded by gigantic colourful flowers.
Daily meditation, no matter which type you choose, is daily detoxing of the mind and we all need more of that, right?
We all want healthy, glowing skin but many of us are looking in the wrong places. There are an abundance of hydrating and moisturizing skincare products on the market, and it can get confusing! To get this radiant skin we are dreaming of, it is important to understand how the skin functions to most efficiently take in all the hydration and moisture it needs to look and feel its best. Let’stake a closer look.
What You Need to KNOW: Trans-Epidermal Water Loss
In order to understand how to take care of your skin as far as hydrating and moisturizing goes, it’s important to understand water loss to your skin—when and why it happens. Trans-Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL) is the amount of water your skin loses each day. We lose approximately half a litre of water due to a variety of factors, like temperature–low temperatures are linked to greater TEWL and on the flip side, high temperatures are linked to lower TEWL. You might think it’s the other way around (that you lose more water when you’re warm), however, this temperature pattern explains why your skin is dryer in winter and better hydrated in the summer. Water intake is another factor in TEWL, and we tend to drink less in winter overall, compared to summer. Thus, drinking more water during winter months is good for your skin.
Moisturize your Skin Properly
Using a quality moisturizer that’s right for you can help remedy the effects of TEWL on your skin, particularly during the colder winter months and after swimming, showering or bathing. Moisturizing your skin with a quality moisturizer creates a barrier of protective oils over your skin which in turn reduces the amount of water your skin will lose. The right moisturizing product helps to keep hydration in your skin, prevents water loss and helps create balance. This results in soft, smooth and supple skin instead of dry, rough and flaky skin. This can be accomplished with the regular use of Wild Grace’s serums.
Let Your Doshas Guide You
Inspired by Ayurvedic approach to health and wellness, Wild Grace’s Vatta, Pitta and Kapha signature “dosha” serums are each designed to address specific need sof the skin in accordance to the dosha (Vata, Pitta or Kapha) in question. For information about these Ayurvedic doshas, click here. In terms of skin, a predominantly Vata dosha individual generally experiences dryness, premature aging and thinning of the skin. A predominantly Pitta dosha individual may experience sensitivity, rosacea, acne and will have combination skin with a tendency towards inflammation. A predominantly Kapha dosha individual will experience oiliness, cysts, larger pores and/or blackheads. Which dosha are you?
Wild Grace’s Moisturizing Serums Offer the Following Benefits:
Protects/Relieves/Soothes dry skin
Diminishes/Reduces the look or the signs of aging
Skin looks visibly rejuvenated
Protects from environmental stressors
Prevents damage caused by drying / dryness
Gently moisturizes without leaving a greasy feeling
Soothes sensitive skin
Improves the look of acne scars
Relieves redness/itching due to dryness
Moisturizes the skin so that complexion looks revitalized (radiant)
Skin feels firm
Tones skin by moisturizing
Skin appears firmer
Protects from environmental stressors
THE 3 STEPS to Hydrate and Moisturize Your Skin, the natural way!
Use moisturizing and hydrating products in harmony for healthy, glowing skin. Here’s a simple routine:
Cleanse your skin well. Stay tuned, our new Tridoshic (for all skin types) Cleansing Oil will be launching in July!
Tone your skin with a phyto-active mist Stay tuned, our new Tridoshic Crystal Facial Mist will be launching in July! (charged with black Tourmaline crystal)
Moisturize & protect your skin with a high-performance Wild Grace serum Vata, Pitta or Kapha serum, according to your dosha to maintain your skin’s hydration.
Stay tuned, our new Tridoshic Elixir- Plumping Serum, will be launching in July! ***
Drink plenty of water during the day and get your zzz’s! xx
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