Today, I am going to talk to you about my Yoga Kit Bag essentials.
Now, as I shared with you fairly recently I failed at my 30 day Bikram Yoga challenge. I am determined to complete it however I will have to wait until I have finished the softball season now. I believe that mid-September, post my trip to Paris for COSMEETING, where I am going to be a Jury Member on the 2014 Beauty Challenger Awards Europe (exciting!), will be an opportune moment. Before indoor softball begins and we vacate on our winter sun holiday to Antigua. I’ll be sure to keep you updated.
Even though I failed I still managed to get together an awesome collection of body care and beauty products to help me reinvigorate myself post workout. Bikram Yoga is strenuous and not for the fainthearted, but even so, I found that I required products of a certain quality to help bring me back down to earth. Otherwise, without them, I would be likely to float around for the rest of the day or night being rather airy-fairy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t enjoy or appreciate this feeling (believe me I do!) it’s just that I don’t get very much done in times of floppiness.
First up, a body wash that never fails to get me going – Dr Bronner Peppermint Liquid Soap. The first time I used this, I realised that it makes you tingle all over, even down there! It’s also been compared to getting a hug from a snowman, which is an analogy I love. I also love the juxtaposition of the cooling peppermint soap with the warm, sometimes hot, shower. It’s so invigorating! This is a great restart for post-Bikram Yoga and leaves me feeling cool, clean and content.
Once out of the shower, I would spray Maya Water Facial Mist, made with energising Norwegian thermal spa water. The one pictured here contains organic Acai extract, but there isn’t really a smell to it. As you most probably know, Acai is rich in antioxidants which help prevent and repair sun damage, fight wrinkles and pigmentation and skin discolouration. The facial mist is pH neutral. The nozzle on the product creates the finest mist available which means the product is quickly absorbed by the skin, leaving skin feeling clean and helping to nourish it. This spray helped to balance and bring me back to the now, ready to go on with my day post-Bikram Yoga session!
Next up, I would apply Buddha Nose Moisturising Body Oil. I love the essential oil blend used in this product! Sweet Orange, Atlas Cedarwood and Ylang Ylang – well balanced, exotic, and designed to inspire dreaming, creation and love. The base oils used are Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil and Meadowfoam Seed Oil. These three oils all have an incredible healing effect on the skin, deeply softening whilst also protecting, and also promoting cellular health and strength without leaving a greasy coating. That, my dear readers, is precisely why I loved this oil. It was super hydrating but so easily absorbed, no oiliness on the skin post-application.
Next up in my kit bag Emu Balm, a product I picked up at CAM Expo last year. Thankfully I’ve not had to use it too much, I just used it when I felt any tightness in my muscles or twinges in my joints. Emu Oil contains fatty acids that are supposed to help with inflammation, although it’s thought that it handles acute inflammation better than chronic cases. The base oil of this product is Coconut Oil, and there’s also a blend of the following Essential Oils – Wintergreen, Arnica, Clove, Rosemary, Clary Sage, Sweet Marjoram, Lavender, Lemongrass and Juniper.
Another product contained in my old kit bag to help with any muscular and joint issues is Magnesium Oil. When I first started using Magnesium Oil I would find the product unbearably itchy on my skin, and a rash would appear. There are several theories on why this happens, one that you don’t need magnesium if this happens, another that your body is too acidic and it is reacting to the alkalinity of the magnesium. Personally, I’m not sure what to believe, but I know how my magnesium injections pep me up. The feeling is not instant with the Magnesium Oil but transdermally is also a good delivery mechanism. For those who can’t bear the itchiness, I’ve found a Magnesium Lotion which absorbs much easier and without any irritation!
Finally, and this is a product I would use both before and after my Bikram Yoga session, we have Buddha Nose Booster Spray for Confidence and Energy. The founder of Buddha Nose explained that this product is designed specifically to wake us up when we are feeling fatigued and to activate and protect when we are feeling run down. The blend of essential oils has anti-viral and antibacterial properties and helps boost the immune system. The blend is made up of – Ravensara, Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Thyme and Marjoram.
It’s a wonderfully uplifting product, which I found brought me to focus before my class and invigorated me post-class. I would highly recommend this for anyone who gets nervous, easily tired or lacks confidence for a natural pep me up.