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Bath time: post-yoga soak

3 Nov

One of my favourite activities is talking about how much yoga I do and making people feel my triceps. Most of time, people are nice and pretend to be impressed. If they don’t act impressed, I’ll usually flex a thigh or two as well.

I do enough yoga on a weekly basis to result in very sore muscles and having a hard time lifting my arms above my head for a few days. Lucky for me, I only wash my hair once a week.

What? Short hair is better when it’s dirty. Otherwise it’s all floofy and in my face.

With winter on its way, despite my massive denial, a post-yoga bath can ease the pain from 29 slow-moving chaturangas . It can also be a skin-soothing soak with the right ingredients.

Epsom salts. A bath is not complete without them. These days, I’m partial to Hawaiian Ginger Rejuvenating Epsom Salts from Calgon. It smells like vacation. And who doesn’t want vacation in their bubble bath? Crazies, that’s who. You get out feeling like jell-o, and if you did 90 minutes of yoga earlier that day you totally deserve a lie-down. And even a nap if it’s a Sunday.

Bubble bath. There is only one bubble bath I use. Because it’s the best. Skip any of the bubble gum scented stuff and go straight to the natural smells. I channel my Nanny Ferne and use Ombra Lavender Extract Foambath. My grandmother loved lavender scented everything. It’s been associated with stress-relief and relaxation. Maybe Nanny Ferne knew something we didn’t.

Body oil. A long soak in the tub can be drying on your skin. Some people like to reach their maximum pruniness before getting out. Not me. I have a window before I start sweating profusely and have to get out. I don’t fill the bath with super hot water but I still like to add a few drops of Aveeno Skin Relief Show and Bath Oil. Aveeno pretty much does everything right, especially when it comes to dry, sensitive skin. So I just do what they say.

Body wash. Those soap commercials have it right. I only use soap if I’ve been the gym or if I’m particularly sweaty and gross. Otherwise I’m body wash all the way. I just discovered this gem from one of my new favourite brands, Weleda. Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash. It foams up very satisfyingly on a pouf but it’s like showering with a dollop of foamy body lotion. You don’t get that soapy feel. And it has a sort of spicy scent that is the result of vanilla, blood orange and neroli.

Weleda makes all kinds of organic and natural stuff and have a really neat company philosophy. And they have gardens! And farmers! And sheep. You can buy their products at your local health food store or on well.ca if you live in Canada.

Oh, and don’t forget to follow your bath with your favourite moisturizer and someone to make you dinner.