Day 2 of your exclusive 4 day personal reset with Tara Curran from Skin Food Talk and Heather Lilleston from Yoga for Bad People.
Nurture and nourish your skin, mind and body on day 2 of the Anytime Anywhere SUPER ELIXIR Reset
Face masking is a great task to do once a week. It can really help treat the skin topically and act as a nourishing treatment in-between facials. Create a weekly ritual of setting aside time either morning or night.
Start with clean skin. Prep by cleansing and exfoliating and patting dry. Mix 1 tablespoon of SUPER ELIXIR Greens with 2 tablespoons of Manuka honey. The honey is a great antibacterial, antifungal, and hydrating carrier for the greens. And let me name some of the countless benefits packed into the greens! Omega’s help build up your skin’s natural protective barrier for environmental protection, antioxidants help combat the effects of harmful free radicals and reduce the signs of ageing. Carrot seed is great for brightening, and pineapple acts as a natural peel. Always patch test first before applying all over the face.
SUPER ELIXIR Face Mask
1 tablespoon SUPER ELIXIR Greens
2 tablespoons Manuka Honey
Whisk together and apply to clean, dry skin and let sit for 10 minutes.
Remove by rinsing with lukewarm water, and pat skin dry with a clean towel. Apply your morning or nightly serums.
There are so many fabulous ways to enjoy the SUPER ELIXIR Greens, and it’s fun to mix up how you include it each day. Know how to make 1 or 2 great dressings – it instantly elevates a salad.
SUPER ELIXIR Dressing
1 teaspoon SUPER ELIXIR Greens
⅓ cup avocado oil
½ of a freshly squeezed lemon
Pinch of sea salt or as you like
Pinch of black pepper
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl and add to your favourite salad.
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The important thing to remember about meditation is that as you take your seat and commit to being still, you don't need to all of a sudden see a purple light, talk to God, or have a calm blank mind. This is an important misconception about meditation. It is about sitting with what is. Sitting with yourself as you are on any given day and letting your mind do its thing for a moment. Eventually yes, you practice focusing your mind and being less distracted, staying on one object. Eventually you will feel calmer and like your mind isn't talking a mile a minute about a million things. But first, it is about sitting with yourself in your honest human moment. So the advice for day two is to LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONS and simply commit to your seat, be still and observe your own human experience pass through you. Set the timer for 10 minutes and don’t move until it goes off. Watch all the dialogue - especially the inevitable dialogue about the meditation itself and whether you are good at it or bad at it or achieving it or not. Do not expect yourself to be a super spiritual mediating perfection of a human! Simply sit still and be with yourself as you are TODAY. That is it. You may find that it feels really nice, like a relief to just sit with yourself, without any agenda but to listen. Get to know what is in there. Be with it. Listen to it before automatically needing to change it.
Purvottanasana - Delete the Chair and Lift into an All-Around Refresher
An oldie, but goodie, this brilliant pose seems to be left out of most modern day yoga classes. It is an excellent leg and arm strengthener and chest opener, as well as removes the patterning of sitting in chairs and slumping over all day from our hips, torso, and shoulders. It totally reverses the habitual pattern of slouching most of us have incurred from being alive in the modern world, and it super energising and refreshing. A great thing to do in the morning, midday or before dinner.
- From a seated position, extend your legs in front of you and flex your feet, placing your hands behind you, fingers facing the feet.
- Draw your navel towards your spine and lift your hips.
- Lean the shoulders back away from the hips and drop into the support of the hands (lifting up and out of the wrists) and feel the shoulder blades pressing your chest up.
- Press your sacrum up towards the sky and lengthen the tailbone towards the space between your knees.
- Keeping lifting the hips and eventually point the toes towards the floor.
- Optional to let the head lean back depending on the health of your neck.
- Come down. Option to do it with bent knees as well.