Abhyanga. Deep oil massage. 

One of the simplest things I have learned in my study of Ayurveda is how important it is to follow a daily routine of self-care or dinacharya. It is a great way to take care of body, mind and spirit. One technique is the practice of abyhanga or deep oil self-massage, which can improve circulation, detoxification and lymphatic drainage. 

Coconut oil is great for its cooling benefits and light feeling on the skin.

Coconut oil is great for its cooling benefits and light feeling on the skin.

Depending on your unique constitution, and your personal preference, you can use a simple base of sesame or coconut oil. If you would prefer a different scent, you can infuse with any of your favorite essential oils. Using 10-20 drops in an ounce of base oil is a good rule of thumb. 

There are many techniques for Abyhanga or self-massage, but the most important thing is to find the oil you like and to make sure you spend an adequate amount of time massaging your whole body, from head to toe. Even if you can only do it a few times per week, take 20 minutes to massage every achy muscle. And, don't be shy in terms of how much oil you use. As long as your skin is absorbing it, you are good to go.

I find the best time to do Abhyanga is right after my daily shower, but many people do it prior so the oil can absorb while you are under the hot water and your pores are open. Either way, this ritual is worth the effort. Your mind, body and ojas will thank you.