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Abhyanga - Self Oil Massage Free Class

Abhyanga - Self Oil Massage Free Class

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Dec 09, 6:30 PM
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About the Event

Sneha is a Sanskrit word for oil, but it also means love. As an ancient medical system, Ayurveda celebrates oil as love and enthusiastically recommends oiling our bodacious bodies as a commitment to our self-care and a valid expression of self-love.

Anytime oil is applied to the body or taken internally, the body feels the physical manifestation of love, which is the essence of genuinely caring for one's vessel. The qualities of oil are grounding, healing, and nourishing. In addition, oil provides a sense of safety and protection, like a mother's love.

Oil also imbues the body with a sense of groundedness by pacifying Vata dosha and supporting our bodies' earth and water elements. Vata, comprised of space and ether, can cause a feeling of restlessness, anxiety, ungroundedness, poor memory, and fear when out of balance. Sound familiar?

Oil massage, known as Abhyanga, is an excellent way to relieve exhaustion, stress, increase flexibility, and restore balance. Coupled with its unparalleled ability to calm the nervous system is the benefit of strengthened ojas - the nectar of our immunity and vital power.

The great Ayurveda teacher Charaka makes a case for daily abhyanga: "The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much, even if subjected to accidental injuries or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts, and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age."

If there is no time for a daily oil massage, the classic texts say that one should at least apply oil to the soles of the feet and the scalp. This is a faster way to show the body you care and seal in some of the love that oil has to offer. With the changing of seasons and natural increase of Vata at this transitional time, remember that oil is here to support you lovingly.

May you stay strong, charming, and least affected by old age.

Come and learn how to perform abhyanga oil massage, the benefits, contraindications, and which oils to use when.

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