My yoga teacher said today in class, "Yoga is life."
Our practice goes way past chaturanga and our mat. She also gave me a gift of Epsom salts and essential oil and instructed me to take as many baths this week that I could.
Now I am not a bath person. I never have been a bath person. I've had roommates, friends and family members rave about baths, but I've always wondered why people enjoy sitting naked in their dirty water.
Every other homework assignment Dorie has given me thus far has been somewhat life changing (remember my meditation challenge?), so I did as she said.
I drew the bath and poured in my one cup of salt and oils and turned the temperature as hot as I could handle. The water looked a little murky and I wished I could add bubble bath, but wasn't sure if I should.
It took me some time to find a comfortable position in the tub and as much as the warm water felt good, I wasn't sure what I should do with myself. The real treat in the experience was the silence. I couldn't really do anything since I was wet (and naked) and I was forced to sit and be with my thoughts. I wasn't sure how long to stay in and eventually opened the drain and got out and put my robe on.
This is when I felt the effects. I collapsed on my bed and could have stayed there forever. One hundred percent content, more than any amount of wine could relax me.
Then the bubble burst when the clock reminded me it was time to return to reality and pick up my boy from his friend's house.
Still relaxed and curious, I googled Epsom salts and found this.
What is Epsom salt?
Epsom salt, named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Long known as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, Epsom salt has numerous health benefits as well as many beauty, household and gardening-related uses.
Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing health benefits. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches.
A whole door opened. Epsom salt is affordable, natural and has many uses. Also, I learned my lesson; I am never too old to try new things.
Are you a bath or a shower person? Have you used Epsom salts?