I couldn’t help but share this amazing deal with anyone and everyone who reads this post. Last spring, I headed out to California for a short weekend trip. We were lucky to be in downtown Oakland on a Saturday morning and decided to venture through the farmer’s market. At this point in time, my skin was in full-on breakout mode. Horrible. It was probably the worst my face has ever looked and nothing was helping. I was eating pretty clean, I was exercising and taking part in hot yoga on a 3x a week basis. I didn’t know what was causing my skin so much trouble.
Over the past few years, I’ve done my best to avoid commercial beauty products. I rarely wear make up. If I do, I try to buy good quality stuff. I started to make my own face wash with honey, baking soda, and essential oils. Nothing was helping my skin and I couldn’t figure out what was happening, but I continued to feel ugly, regardless of knowing that it was just skin and it would eventually clear up.
And then I found the solution – right there at this farmer’s market that I had to urge my parents to stay just a few minutes longer so I could wander through. I found Sequoia Beauty. This woman, located in the bay area, makes beauty products out of locally foraged herbs, flowers, and other pure, earthly ingredients. I stopped and looked at some of the products and caught the owner’s eye. She looked at me and I said, bluntly, “my skin is hurting I nothing I do can fix it”…and she said, “here, try this…” and handed me a little sampler of the Anti-Inflammatory Serum. I took a few drops and immediately rubbed it into my face. In a moment, I felt fresher. My skin drank that serum like it had never had something so nourishing touch it. I was hooked. I bought a “hippie-on-the-go” bundle, took a card, and thanked her, so much.
I had never thought I’d be the person to spend a lot of money on beauty products. I’d probably saved $500 in the past year from not buying face lotion (I used oils, usually almond or coconut) or face wash. All of a sudden, I was okay with spending $100+ on my beauty routine. Now, I can’t go a day without it. I buy a bundle as soon as I start to get low. I recently have been dealing with dryer skin than normal, so I asked Laurel via Facebook and she recommended trying one of her balms at night, as an additional into my routine. Well, as I’m preparing for a big move out West, I was hesitant on buying this. I’m trying to save money and well, $40 on a balm for my face just seems crazy.
Low and behold, she offered a great deal for all of this shopping spree weekend. I had almost forgot about this offer until I noticed a little pimple forming on my cheek. I grabbed my computer and placed my order for a Hydrate set and a Purity Balm – saving 20% on the entire order and getting free shipping. If you eat healthy, live healthy, and want to be even more so, take care of your skin. Avoid harsh chemicals. And if you think you’re worth it (because you really really are) spend a little extra and try some Sequoia Beauty products. Use the code: BLACK at checkout and receive 20% off.
In yoga, there are 8 limbs, within each provides the student a style of life. As I progress in my study of yoga, I have become aware that spending time meditating on each of these limbs, and there parts is necessary to receive the benefits of the yogic life. Many of us, in Western society, focus on the asanas and the pranayama (poses and breathing) but neglect the other parts, and some could argue that those are the most important parts. One limb, perhaps the biggest obstacle and yet the most useful in our daily lives, is the Niyama. The Yama limb is the universal suggestions for life – Ahimsa (nonviolence), Satya (truthfulness), Asteya (non stealing), Brahmacharya (continence), and Aparigraha (non covetousness). The Niyama are more about your self-discipline and spiritual observances. These five niyamas are Saucha (cleanliness), Samtosa (contentment), Tapas (heat; spiritual austerities), Svadhyaya (study of sacred scriptures and of one’s self), and Isvara pranidhana (surrender to God). This post is talking about Saucha – the cleanliness. The root of this word, however, is found in a discussion of keeping energies separated. In yoga class, being mindful of your mat, and others, is part of this practice. Ensuring that you clean up yourself, put your things away nicely and carefully, and not pushing your energies into another’s practice is part of it.
In my life, I have always struggled with cleanliness. I often said that a dirty room is more appealing to me. I neglected cleaning out my car. I neglected cleaning my skin properly. In the Western world, we are given chemicals to achieve cleanliness. I, however, think cleanliness is also a state of mind. Now, as I have formed routines for cleanliness, I find myself much less likely to neglect to clean my room, or my car, or myself. Although I choose to not wear deodorant or perfumes (sometimes essential oils), I do not smell. I may only shower a few times a week, but I am not dirty. I use these beautiful products to show my skin love, therefore, reflecting the self love that I have, throughout my appearance and inward into my soul. When we remove clutter from our environment, we also are removing clutter from our inner Self. And to me, that is what yoga is all about.
Do you have any special cleansing rituals? I hope this finds you well, at peace, and being thankful for all that you have and will have. Looking forward to a detailed post, coming later this week, on my local harvest Thanksgiving dinner! Be blessed and pure ❤