I’ve decided to do something about the surface level things that have a bit distracting to me during my yoga practice lately.  It may sound silly, but I’m talking about a mani, pedi, hair mask, and exfo.  Some yogis would say that they can’t believe thoughts about how my skin, hair, and nails look would distract a yogi during practice, but I’m one of those who for some reason or another just cares.  Perhaps my style idol (my Grandma), who never left the house with a single hair out of place, had something to do with my je ne sais quoi need to look ‘put together’ when I go out.  Good or bad, superficial or not – I’m getting these little distractions taken care of.  You name the spa treatment, it’s happening today – at home!  This will all be accomplished using the very few ingredients I currently have on hand… sans my potato chips and Thai food leftovers of course.

Not that anyone needs justification for a spa day, but let me just say that these treatments are reflective of yoga in many ways.  They allow for metamorphosis, renewal of the self, detox, treating your body as your dream house, personal growth, and cultivation of connectedness with your spirit.  Think of butterflies, flowers, serpents, diamonds, and ocean waves… there are so many beautiful reminders in nature as well that exemplify the beauty and importance of transformation.

Seeing as an actual spa day in Santa Monica would require that I stop eating, become a homeless person, and give up my yoga membership, it’s simply never going to happen.  I’m all about saving a pretty penny or two.  So, how about some all-natural, ultra-easy, at-home yogi spa day recipes?  From head to toe…  here we go!

HAIR MASK

  • 1.5 tbsp organic honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 tbsp plain yogurt

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Gently brush out hair, and apply generously to the scalp, and ends. Massage into scalp, and wrap up with a bag to keep the heat inside. Keep on as long as possible, but at least 1 hour. Then wash out with shampoo, and condition hair.

Source:  Prevention.com; 5 DIY Recipes for Glowing Skin.


Face Cleanser

  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • A few drops of water

Combine honey and baking soda in your palm.  Rub them together with a few drops of water and then massage gently in circular motions on your face.  Then rinse!

Source:  Prevention.com; Face Brightening Cleanser


FACE MASK

  • 1 Tablespoon Pure Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Raw Honey
  • 2 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

Mix the three ingredients in a small bowl. Once mixed, apply the mask on freshly washed face and leave for 20-30 minutes. Once the time is up, rinse with warm water and pat dry with a soft towel and apply an oil-free moisturizer to retain the skin’s moisture.

Source:  Wadsy; DIY Face Mask.


Body Scrub

  • 1/2 cup of organic cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup of organic sea salt
  • 1 cup of coconut oil {best when it has a
    liquid consistency}
  • 30 drops of essential oil

Mix the ingredients together in the order listed above, topping it off with coconut oil {add more coconut oil if you like it less dry}. Then, add essential oil and stir with a butter knife.  While in the shower, rub the mixture on your skin to exfoliate until ideal skin softness is achieved, then rinse!  Tip-the coconut oil may go back to a more solid form, add 1/4 cup of almond oil to create a liquid consistency again or more coconut oil.

Source:  DeliciouslyOrganized.com; DIY Body Scrub.


Hand & Foot Scrub

  • 1/2 C Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Aloe

Mix sugar, olive oil, and aloe in a bowl or other container until fully blended (no chunks).  Apply the mixture to your hands and and feet rubbing in a circular motion until you feel that you have achieved your ideal skin softness or until the sugar dissolves.  Rinse your hands with water until you can no longer feel the grains of sugar.  Towel dry and apply your favorite lotion if you wish.

Source:  WikiHow.com; How to Make a Homemade Scrub.


 

RESULTS

I woke up this morning looking and feeling like a less energetic version of Cindy Loo Hoo.  Post-spa treatments, I felt like at least $1,000,000 (having spent $0 and never having left the house.  WIN!).  Always keep in mind that spending time on yourself is worth a lot.  Take the introversion time you need.  Meditate.  Relax.  Reflect…  Or don’t!  Zoning out is important too.  From one yogi to another, you never need a reason to treat yo self.  Go forth, yogi.  Make like nature, and renew.

 

Article By Emily Hudson

About the Author:  Emily lives in Los Angeles, CA. Growing up in Northern Idaho, she was first introduced to the practice of Yoga during high school “Yoga Club”. It was love at first pose. In addition to her dedicated practice, Emily loves travel, fashion, soccer, laughing, great food, and happy people.