Meet Your Kula: Nina Monobe

Meet Your Kula: Nina Monobe

Part of what makes us so unique are the amazing members of our Yogi community, our kula. Each month, we’ll feature one member of our yogi community, chat with them about their practice, learn more about what draws them to yoga, and get to know each other a little more.

Meet our Maitrī Yogi, Nina Monobe.

Hi Nina! Tell us about yourself!

Hi! I’m Nina (Marina) Monobe and I love to help others through my veterinary and yoga practice. I’m a Veterinary Doctor who moved to USA to work as a PhD researcher and teacher assistant. During my cultural transition time, I found myself practicing yoga as a therapeutic exercise to fight anxiety and depression. Nowadays, I’m an Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor and AFAA Fitness Instructor. I consider myself living between two different worlds, veterinary & fitness, which I love equally.

How did you begin your yoga journey?

As an immigrant in USA, who left family & friends back in Brazil, I had a difficult time trying to adapt to the new American culture. I always felt overwhelmed trying to prove my skills as good as or better than my co-workers. Subsequently diagnosed with anxiety and depression, I considered a variety of therapies that could potentially help me, including yoga. Soon enough I realized yoga as a life changing experience and I can definitively say it saved my life.

When did you decide to become a yoga instructor?

In 2018, I decided to take my practice to the next level. I wanted to deeply understand the alignment, benefits and history behind it. Since then, I found myself always enrolled in a different training. At this moment, I’m working on finishing a 500-Hour Orthopedic Yoga Therapy Training Course.

What type of yoga do you teach? What lead you to this particular style?

I teach a wide variety of yoga styles, from traditional Vinyasa Ashtanga and Restorative Yin Yoga with mediation music, to Power Yoga and yoga with weights, with pop music. My mission is to bring awareness to people that yoga can be fun and make you flexible, balanced and strong from the inside out and there is always a style out there waiting for you to fall in love!

How has the practice of yoga affected your life? Spiritually? Mentally?

Yoga is body-mind work. It makes me more flexible and stronger from the inside out. Physically I now have better flexibility, range of motion, endurance and muscle strength. I’m more aware of my body limitations and how to mindfully progress my practice. From practicing Pranayama, I’m more centered and present. I’m more grateful and appreciative towards everything in my life. I feel more complete and accomplished. I’m more understanding about situations and patient with people and myself. All of those feelings developed through yoga decreased my anxiety and stress levels.

How do you find compassion for yourself in your journey?

Yoga is a constant learning process. It was through injuring myself (on and off the mat) and not being patient with my body that I learned how to better listen to it. At some point you not only become aware of your limitations but you start loving yourself. As you recognize yourself as a human with ups and downs but in constant progress, you find compassion.

How do you incorporate what you've learned from your practice both on and off the mat?

By becoming more aware and learning how to love myself, I learned to always make adjustments to improve my physical and mental experience on the mat. Sometimes taking easy modifications or taking a slow and gentle flow. This allowed me to see that those small adjustments could always be applied off the mat. Situations I cannot control or plans gone wrong, I always find a way to adjust. Not blaming myself and likewise, taking it easy. Treatment myself with love, sometimes a relaxing bath or playing my favorite playlist to boost my mood. Also, yoga taught me to always take a minute for gratitude, during Shavasana or Pranayama. This is a practice I take everyday even when I don’t step on my mat. Allows me to find peace even on a chaotic day. Finally, by exploring the eight limbs of yoga on the mat, practicing it daily off the mat improved my relationships with family, friends and strangers. Being more patient and compassionate to others and not only with myself.

What would you share with a beginner?

First of all, I always had this misconception that yoga would be a stretching routine, mostly performed by seniors, or people with injuries. I remember being afraid of trying a class and it being super boring, with long meditations. I was totally wrong and I immediately discovered Yoga has many different styles and most of them aim to improve strength, flexibility and endurance. My first yoga class was Power Yoga. I remember taking breaks and feeling ashamed for not being able to touch my toes in a “simple” fold, while people twice my age were so much more flexible and stronger. The shame, combined with the physical challenge made me a regular in Power Yoga. However, I know many people never come back for the same reason. My greatest tip would be to never compare yourself with another person. Yoga is a journey and we all start somewhere. Our bodies are different, therefore, they perform differently and progress happens with practice. Knowing that, let go from frustrations. Focus on where you are and what you want to achieve. Sometimes, record your movements or poses and later on your path come back to see how far you’ve come!

How has your understanding of Maitrī grown and changed over the years, both in your practice and in your everyday life?

At first, most of the meditative practice was extremely difficult for me. Dealing with my mind wanders was always challenging. Maitrī meditation through Chanting helped me to channel my energy, center my mind and body and find peace. Over time, I found self-love and gratitude and consequently, I learned to be less judgmental and goal oriented as I used to be. As I became a yoga instructor, I nurtured my mind to become a beacon of light for others to feed off of, in a way that now what was a way I would use to find peace and happiness helps others to find them as well.

You can connect with Nina and follow along with her yoga journey at @ninayoganow.

You can also practice alongside Nina this with with our Maitrī Grounding Flow and our mantra:

May all beings be well, may all beings be happy. May I treat all beings with love and kindness.

 


Meet Your Kula: Mel Douglas

 

Meet Your Kula: Mel Douglas

Part of what makes us so unique are the amazing members of our Yogi community, our kula. Each month, we’ll feature one member of our yogi community, chat with them about their practice, learn more about what draws them to yoga, and get to know each other a little more.

This month, meet Mel Douglas, our Karuna Yogi.

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Mel Douglas and I’m a Brooklyn, NY native currently living in Los Angeles with my pup Kenji. I’m a plant mom, black coffee lover, and outdoor adventurer. I spend much of my time advocating for wellness in my community by sharing my journey with mental health, wellness, and yoga. In 2018 I founded the Black Women's Yoga Collective (BWYC), a community organization focused on increasing accessibility to wellness and generating true safe spaces that offer intersectional wellness practices.

What started your yoga journey?

I like to say that yoga found me because it turned out to be such a huge part of my life pretty unexpectedly. I was bored of going to the gym, so I started trying out the different classes offered there instead. I ended up in a power vinyasa class, got my butt kicked by a deceptively gentle voiced lady, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

When did you decide to become a yoga instructor?

I decided to become an instructor about 6 months into developing my personal practice. Something clicked for me right away and I knew I wanted to teach, to share what I was learning with my community. I recognized the impact that having teachers who looked like me had on how I was able to connect in class and felt that I could foster that sort of connection for others through teaching.

What type of yoga do you teach? What drew you to this particular form of yoga?

I mostly teach different styles of vinyasa yoga because I love the way flowing leaves me feeling grounded and connected. The styles range from gentle restorative vinyasa to hot power vinyasa, and everything in between. I believe that we can practice flowing through life much the way we do a vinyasa class.

How has the practice of yoga affected your life? Spiritually? Mentally?

Practicing yoga has changed my life completely. As a person with a mood and anxiety disorder, the practices I’ve learned on this journey have allowed me to begin to navigate life in much healthier ways. Yoga has helped me better my relationships, feel empowered in my abilities, and deepen my capacity for joy.

Tell us more about BWYC! What led you to create this space?

I created BWYC because I noticed a lack of resources and representation as a Black woman starting my own journey with yoga. When I stopped attending yoga classes at my gym in Crenshaw and branched out to actual yoga studios, I was disappointed to often find myself the only Black student in class. It also became apparent that finding other Black instructors was going to be a challenge.

I knew that a part of what helped me connect with yoga when I did was the comfort I felt being surrounded by my community. I had practiced before a few times throughout my life but had never felt like it was truly for me, until I experienced yoga in an environment that was for me. So I decided to create a space for more of that and it’s bloomed beautifully over the last few years.

How do you incorporate what you've learned from your practice both on and off the mat?

I do my best to flow through life with ease and intention, much the way we’re taught to flow through a yoga class. A lot of the Baptiste methodology particularly is around staying in alignment with your true purpose, facing tough times with ease, doing what you can and knowing it’s enough. In a class I use those things to remind myself to be kind to my body, in life I use those things as a reminder to be kind to my whole self.

What would you share with a beginner?

I would say don’t be afraid to explore all of the different styles of yoga to find the style that fits you best. A lot of people think “yoga” is just one thing but there are so many different ways to practice.

How has your understanding of Karuna grown and changed over the years?

Before I started practicing yoga, I believed that compassion was something I only gave to others. Over the years and through practice, I’ve come to understand that it starts with me. I’ve come to understand that when I am compassionate to myself, it is much easier to be compassionate to others. When I’m kind to myself, it’s much easier to share kindness with others. When I heal myself, I create space for others to heal themselves.

You can follow Mel's journey and connect with her on Instagram at @meldouglasyoga. You can support her work at Black Women's Yoga Collective on Instagram at @blackwomensyogaco. You can also practice alongside Mel this month with our Karuna Heart-Opening Asana with our mantra:

I extend deep and unconditional compassion with each breath. I find presence and happiness through boundless, abundant compassion for all living creature


The Low Down on Dharma: 5 Questions to Ask and Answer to Own Your Passion

An inquisitive mind is a busy, active, reaching mind who loves to solve mysteries and develop destinations. Determining our dharma only asks that we continuously seek our deepest understandings of ourselves and what drives and impassions us.

While various religions and philosophies embrace and utilize the concept of dharma, there is no definitive definition. The overall idea is that our dharma is our passion and the reason we exist. Heady stuff, but most importantly, it's the most exciting knowledge we'll ever gain.

Not certain what your dharma is? You are far from alone, and we want to help! Asking questions, owning the ardor and zeal we feel for certain things and people, and trusting our truths are how we land with feet firmly walking along the path we're meant to follow and love.

If you've already developed an understanding here, these questions and answers many coax an even more extensive and heartfelt commitment to your passion.

It's crucial for each of us to understand our dharma is not necessarily how we make money, nor is it anything anyone can determine outside of ourselves. No one knows you the way you do. And this is the very best news. However, surrounding ourselves with others who seek constant growth and a deepening understanding of themselves and why they live the way they do will only light up our own paths with more luminosity and vivid comprehension. We need our mentors and examples of living dharma to propel us towards our own.

Grab a pen and paper or your laptop and get down with starting right here, right now. No moment of meditation or contemplation is a wasted moment. Can you feel that growing giddiness in depths of your spirit? Let's get going.

 

  1. Where is your very favorite place in the whole world and why? If this answer came to you in a nanosecond, cool. Now, why is this your favorite place? What feelings or opportunities does this place evoke?  If you're not sure, that's also quite amazing news. It means travel and exploration are your dharma right this moment. That doesn't necessarily mean you have to get on a plane or pack. It might mean your journey is a book you've never read that will introduce you to concepts and beliefs you hadn't yet considered in this life. Or, perhaps it's dusting off your yoga mat and exploring breath, movement, and your inner teacher's voice.
  2. What's the one thing you want to do every single day without question? Omg, I LOVE this question. I didn't use to love it because I didn't have an answer. Now I know it's to teach yoga to eager, willing, and passionate students who come to their mats to feel. If that one thing for you is being a parent, for example, each day offers singular thrilling moments, teaching opportunities, learning possibilities, and so much joy. Whatever it is, don't let a day go by without experiencing the thing that gives you purpose. If you're not yet clear on what that is, again, this is a big opportunity. Not yet knowing means each day offers you the chance to try things you're interested in and curious about until you have that lightbulb moment of, "Oh. Yes. Here it is." It's intoxicating. Keep looking.
  3. What moment made you so uncomfortable that it propelled you forward? See, we kid ourselves sometimes and convince ourselves that discomfort is bad. That's empirically untrue. When we embrace and revel in our discomfort, our truths come to light. Even really wonderful feelings can be so powerful that they cause us unease and we question what that's all about. It may be that abandoning one identity so another layer of who we are can be revealed is the only way we cut the bullshit. Honesty is often coupled with discomfort, so look for those awkward moments and run towards them to find out what they offer.
  4. What were the three most compelling takeaways you learned from your biggest growth spurt? We're not talking growing five inches in six months here. Growth and wisdom come at all ages. When it happens, we change. And everyone and everything around us changes too because we are different. Write down your lessons and where they took you. If it hasn't happened yet, oh, it will. Welcome it and bear witness to how your life shifts to accommodate the new you.
  5. When did the Universe speak so loudly you had no choice but to listen? Synchronicity is a compelling force. Signs are everywhere, especially when we are really tuned in and alert. Stay vigilant and don't ignore the obvious signs all around you leading you in the direction of passion, purpose, and deep contentment.


It doesn't matter what anyone thinks or what everyone wants for you. What drives you? Where do your wisdom and insight lead you? Own it or find it and enjoy the experience of discovery. Enjoy the ride and be true to you. Dharma is your destiny when you are willing to walk with it. We are so incredibly excited for you.


4 Practical Things to Do When It Isn't So Easy to Love Yourself

Self-love is not a destination—it’s a continuous process that lasts a lifetime. And while it feels much easier to love yourself when everything is going right in your life, the truth is that it’s a totally different story when things aren’t going so right.

The tricky part about genuine self-love is making it unconditional. If you only really love yourself when it feels like your life is in order or you’ve just achieved a desired goal, but turn on yourself when your make mistakes or face rejection—then you’re making self-love conditional.

Loving yourself through the messiness of life does not mean that you have to like what you’re currently facing. It does, however, require you to stop judging yourself and accept that your current experiences are happening for a reason.

 

1. Give yourself permission to take a break from yoga or tailor your practice to what you’re going through.

When life gets tough, you’ll only make things harder by expecting yourself to live up to all your normal responsibilities—and that includes yoga if you have a regular practice. Take some time off to process your emotions, focus on what you need to regain your sense of balance, and leave no room to feel guilty or ashamed about it.

As an alternative, you can shift the focus of your practice to help you with what you’re dealing with. For example, many classes offered by studios and online platforms focus on helping students cope with specific problems like stress, addiction, and even grief.

 

2. At the very least, commit to doing three basic healthy habits every day—without question.

Sometimes even the most basic day-to-day activities seem impossible to do in the midst of extreme hardship, so it can be worthwhile to make a short list of three things to accomplish every day at a bare minimum rather than overwhelming yourself too many to-do's. This list might look like this:

  1. Get dressed.
  2. Take a shower.
  3. Eat at least 2 meals.

Or it might look like this:

  1. Hug/kiss my partner before leaving for work.
  2. Meditate/pray for 1 minute.
  3. Go to bed by 10 o’clock tonight.

3. Find a healthy outlet for processing your darker thoughts and feelings, and don’t try to rush “getting over” them.

Most people would rather fill their downtime with distractions than sit silently with themselves, but it is only by the power of distraction-free solitude that we can truly tune into ourselves and begin the process of healing from whatever we’re facing. A little a day can go a long way over time and save yourself from suppressed negativity that affects you years and years down the road.

Start spending at least 5 minutes a day in distraction-free solitude and silence. From there, gently increase your time limit as needed and consider moving toward journaling your thoughts, talking to yourself out loud, or allowing yourself to fully embrace all of your negative emotions by crying, screaming, cursing, or even punching a pillow if you feel the need.

 

4. Get support from friends, relatives, community members, or professionals.

Turning to others in difficult times is not about seeking validation or hoping that somebody else can solve your problems for you. Instead, it’s about getting out of your own mind by broadening your self-perception through the lens of others’ perspectives and considering ideas that you'd be less likely to become aware of all on your own.

Even though only you have the power to cultivate the self-love you deserve, connecting with other people can help open you up to new information, meanings, lessons, and even solutions based on their personal knowledge and experience. After all, just because it’s called “self”-love doesn’t mean the entire journey is a solo one!


5 Creative Ways to Use Green Tea in Your Self-Care Regimen

Researchers have dubbed green tea “the healthiest thing you can drink,” thanks to all its rich antioxidants that fight against cell damage—as well as its abilities to improve blood circulation and lower cholesterol.

Drinking a cup or two (or more) of green tea is the most common way to enjoy it, but there are several other ways you can reap the health benefits of this incredible superfood. Best of all, green tea can be used in some your favorite self-care rituals to help strengthen your sense of love and appreciation for yourself!.

 

1. Pre- or Post-Yoga Green Tea Smoothie

Whether you’re gearing up for a vinyasa flow class at the studio or needing to refuel after your at-home practice, a smoothie is never not a great option! You can use brewed green tea after it’s cooled down in your smoothie or straight matcha green tea powder.

Here are some recipes to try:

 

2. Green Tea Desserts

Believe it or not, green tea makes a wonderful ingredient in almost any type of dessert. From cookies and fudge, to cupcakes and cheesecakes, you’d be surprised just how versatile green tea can be when it comes to some of the most decadent and indulgent treats!

Just take a look at some of these:

 

3. Green Tea Facial Cleanser, Skin Toner, or Face Mask

Antioxidants help fight free radicals that contribute to aging skin, and since green tea is known to contain some of the most potent antioxidant components, it’s believed that it can contribute to healthy skin. Many commercially sold products contain green tea these days, but if you’re into DIY, it’s easy enough to make your own all-natural green tea skincare products!

Try these:

 

4. Green Tea Bath Bomb, Body Exfoliator, or Body Butter

Given the powerful antioxidant properties of green tea, why limit its use to just the skin on your face? Your entire body can benefit when you use green tea in other DIY bath and body products too!

Have a go at some of these creative DIYs:

 

5. Green Tea Shampoo, Hair Rinse, or Hair Mask

Last but not least, green tea can be used in your own DIY hair treatments as a replacement for chemical-based hair products. Green tea might aid in balancing irritation or skin imbalances of the scalp, essentially helping to open up the hair follicles to promote healthy hair growth.

Here are a few easy DIY hear treatments to try:


February's Theme: Love Yourself

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire Universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~Buddha

There’s more to self-love than feeling good enough to spoil yourself with lavender bubble baths, luxurious massages, and generous spending sprees on organic/non-GMO foods. As a matter of fact, self-love is more of an active process than it is a “feel good” state.

To love yourself means to appreciate your growth potential from the actions you decide to take in the current moment for the good of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Everyone loves themselves at the very core of their being because it’s simply nature, but the beliefs we form throughout our lives about ourselves based on social conditioning tend to draw us away from our natural state of self-love.

Anyone can practice self-love. It might not lead to instant good feelings, but it certainly has the power to affect your thoughts and feelings about yourself with regular practice over time.

Here are three big tips to always remember and prioritize in your self-love journey.

 

Practice Self-Compassion Until It Becomes a Habit

When it comes to self-love, the old adage “fake it til you make it” isn’t necessarily the fastest or most effective strategy. In fact, focusing only on what you like about yourself while ignoring what you don’t like about yourself could backfire on your self-esteem levels.

Research has shown that self-compassion—the practice of stopping all judgment of yourself, accepting yourself fully, and being kind to yourself regardless of what you do or don’t like—is the real key to feeling motivated to work on improving yourself. It starts with noticing that critical voice inside your head and consciously replacing it with a voice that sounds more like a caring friend.

 

Make Your Own Rules About What It Means to Show Yourself Some Love

There are countless books, articles, videos, and even courses you could use to learn how to love yourself more, but when it comes straight down to it, only you can know exactly what you need to truly cultivate more love. When it comes to self-love, there are no rules—only the rules you make uniquely for you and your needs.

Self-love can be cultivated in activities as basic as showering and making time to eat or as extravgent as going on a cruise and buying a whole new wardrobe. Just because certain actions work for one person doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily work for you, so be open to experimenting with various self-love rituals and take note of how they make you feel afterward.

 

Follow the Universal Law of Exchange to Cultivate Even More Love

When you love yourself a little more, you’ll naturally feel compelled to share it. The law of exchange states that the energy you put out into the world will flow back to you, so spreading the love that you’ve cultivated for yourself among others will undoubtedly help you cultivate even more love for yourself.

Simple actsof kindness like a smile here or a thank you there definitely count. Of course, the greater your acts of kindness and generosity that you genuinely feel compelled to express, the greater love you’ll feel for yourself not just as a separate individual existing in society, but as a unique expression of life connected to everyone and everything else around you.


3 Simple Ideas for Reinventing Your Sense of Self-Love

3 Simple Ideas for Reinventing Your Sense of Self-Love

So maybe you already have a daily yoga practice, or you make sure to feed your body with nutritious foods, or you make sleep a priority in your life. Perhaps you even do all of the above and more!

Despite the incredible benefits of engaging in self loving practices like some of those mentioned above, it’s true that they can begin to feel less engaging over time as they become automatic habits that are simply part of your routine. This, of course, is not necessarily a bad thing!

The goal of self-love after all is to make it a habit. This however doesn't mean you shouldn’t switch things up once in a while and try something new.

Here are just a few simple ways that you can add on to your existing self-love practice and give yourself a little extra dose of novelty.

 

1. Spoil yourself with small, healthy rewards more often.

The easiest way to strengthen your sense of self-love is to treat yourself to small rewards that you don’t get to indulge in very much on a regular basis. Whether it’s because of time constraints, lack of resources, or the simple fact that too much of a good thing can make it bad, these are the things that make you feel good and are relatively healthy for you—but are best saved for special occasions.

Sit down and make a list of some of the rarer small ways you can reward yourself. Schedule them into your calendar so that you treat yourself to one at least every week.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Have an extra piece or two of dark chocolate for dessert
  • Take a 30-minute soak in the tub after a long day
  • Set aside some time to color in a stress-relieving adult colouring book
  • Buy a cute new piece of yoga clothing that you could really use
  • Give yourself an at-home hair mask treatment, facial, self-massage, or manicure/pedicure

 

2. Replace some of the time you spend on passive activities with growth activities.

Passive activities are those mundane daily things that just need to get done no matter what (commuting to work, laundry, brushing your teeth, etc.) as well as those unproductive things that you feel compelled to do out of habit (checking social media, watching TV, reading the news, etc.). Growth activities encompass hobbies and activities that you love to do just for the sake of doing them and that challenge you in some way.

So, for example, you could take a passive activity like the time you spend tuning into Netflix every night and use that as a trigger to first spend 5 to 15 minutes of that time practicing guitar, or teaching yourself a new language. You’ll feel good about yourself when you’re done, and committing to a short amount of time makes it hard to say no.

 

3. Slowly start adopting a minimalist mindset in certain areas of your life.

The more you let go of the things you don’t really need in your life, the more time and energy you’ll be able to devote to the things that truly matter to you. Here are some ways you can start using minimalist practices to increase your sense of self-love:

  • Delete apps from your mobile device that constantly suck up your time
  • Spend 5 minutes a day removing or cleaning up clutter from around your home
  • Experiment with outsourcing a task like laundry, cleaning, bookkeeping or some other time consuming task for at least for 30 days
  • Make a list of your favorite 3 to 7 meals you love to eat and stick with preparing those only for at least 30 days

Minimalism frees up your physical, mental, and emotional energy so you can start valuing yourself more than material things and egocentric achievements. Loving yourself need not be anymore complicated than that!


5 Essential Tips for Creating a Self-Care Bath Ritual

5 Essential Tips for Creating a Self-Care Bath Ritual

In a world that demands so much of our time and energy to get things done and nurture the relationships we have with people who are so important to us, it can be downright difficult to prioritize our own wellbeing.

Self-care is essential to maintaining our physical, mental, and emotional health—and the way we choose to take good care of ourselves can be as basic as taking a shower in the morning or as elaborate as spending some serious dough to go on a week-long yoga retreat!

The following self-care bath ritual strikes a nice balance between basic and elaborate—offering you the freedom to tailor it your needs in the best way that works for you.

 

1. Schedule it.

Whether you can carve out 20 minutes or two full hours of your time for a good soak in the tub, make sure you put it in your calendar so you don’t forget. It might sound silly to schedule your self-care rituals, but believe us when we say you’ll probably find some excuse not to do it if you know you have other things to do!

 

2. Tidy up your bathroom.

If you want to feel calm and relaxed in the bath, you might want to plan on cleaning up clutter on the vanity countertop, scrubbing away any soap scum, washing your bath towels, and doing any other prep work ahead of time to get your bathroom in good shape. By no means do you need to have a bathroom that looks like it’s straight out of luxury hotel—just do your best to clean any areas that could distract you during your time in the bath.

 

3. Gather bath time essentials that make you feel good.

Some people like scented candles while others don’t. Some like to read in the bath while some would rather close their eyes and listen to soothing music.

Everyone has different preferences, but here are a few ideas of what you might want to include in your bath ritual:

  • Candles or incense
  • A waterproof bluetooth speaker to listen to music
  • Essential oils (We recommend these scents for their relaxing effects)
  • Unscented salts (such as epsom salts or dead sea salts)
  • Facial mask
  • Exfoliating sponge or brush
  • Soap bar
  • Pumice stone
  • Shower cap
  • Hair mask treatment
  • Cup of herbal tea
  • Bathtub caddy
  • A good book to read
  • Hand towel
  • Massage oil or lotion for afterward

 

4. Practice yoga in the bath.

If you’re the type of person who has trouble just sitting there in the bath, there are a few bath-friendly restorative yoga poses you can try. Fire log pose (agnistambhasana), bound ankle pose (baddha konasana), half lord the fishes pose (ardha matsyendrasana), seated forward bend (paschimottanasana), and cow face pose (gomukhasana) are just a few that you can do for an enhanced calming effect on the body and mind.

 

5. Take your time getting out with a mindful self-massage.

Rather than jumping out of the tub to quickly towel off, dress, and get on with your day, try taking at least an extra 5 to 10 minutes at the end of your bath for one last thing—self-massage. Massing your skin with natural oil or lotion can help get you more in touch with your physical body in ways that can help improve body positivity and self-love.