PAAVANI Ayurveda is an artisan line of small-batch, pure, organic health and skincare products formulated in Northern California. Handcrafted with the knowledge of Ayurveda, India’s 5,000 year old medical system, each product introduces ancient traditions to the modern world, with the intent to reconnect people to their innate body wisdom. PAAVANI products are designed to encourage self-care; from empowering people to create their ideal dosha-specific skincare ritual, to encouraging people to take time each day to listen to the body’s specific needs.
One of the rituals we love is the Abhyanga Ritual
Abhyanga is the Ayurvedic term for lovingly oiling the body. The Sanskrit word “sneha” translates to “oil” or “love”. So, “snehana” to oil oneself, is to love oneself. Practicing abhyanga regularly provides a profound feeling of stability, strength, hydration and well-being,
A daily practice of self-abhyanga restores balance to the three doshas, moves the lymphatic system, increases circulation, improves skin tone, increases stamina, calms the nerves, moisturizes the skin and counteracts the effects of aging.
The Charaka Samhita, one of Ayurveda’s most ancient and revered texts, has this to say about abhyanga:
“The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to accidental injuries, or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age”
Charaka Samhita Vol. 1, V: 88-89
How to Self Abhyanga:
- Begin by placing your oil in hot water until it becomes a pleasant temperature. It could be nice to invest in a small crockpot that you can leave in your bathroom and heat the oil in each morning. If you do not have a small crock pot, you can run hot water over your oil bottle until it heats to the desired temperature.
- Lovingly massage oil into the body for 10-15 minutes, beginning at extremities and working towards the center of the body.
- Vigorously massage feet and hands using back-and-forth motions with the open part of your hand.
- Massage arms and legs with circular strokes on joints, and long, back-and-forth strokes on limbs.
- Massage abdomen using clockwise motion, following the direction of the large intestine.
- Massage chest with small, upward, circular motions, starting on the bottom of the breastbone and making way up to collarbone and also around outside of breasts.
- Massage back as well as you can. You can use a downward stroke on the lower back to help increase the downward flow of energy.
- Once you have massaged your entire body, let oil penetrate into the skin for as long as you can, preferably 20 minutes. Ayurvedic Practitioner and Naturopath, Dr. Meghana Thanki of Second Nature Clinic suggests doing your yoga asana practice at this time. She recommends doing 5-10 sun salutations in order to increase the heat in your body. This will help the oil penetrate even more deeply into the skin. After your 20 minutes is up, enjoy a warm shower allowing your pores to open and receive the benefits of the oil even deeper into the skin’s layers.
- After your shower, there is no need to apply any other moisturizer. The oil will have absorbed into the skin and the body, providing you with grounded energy and moisturization.
- If you find you do not have 20-30 minutes prior to bathing in the morning to perform your self-abhyanga, an alternative would be to bathe and then apply the oil to the body. It is best to apply the oil when the body is still moist or damp from the shower. With this method of application, you may notice that you use less oil, as your moist skin requires a smaller amount. Proceed with the same steps 1-8. Again, allow the oil to replace any body lotion.
Named after the Sanskrit term for purity, PAAVANI takes pride in offering pure products that are made entirely of ingredients from the earth. Selecting quality ingredients to craft their line is important to uphold the ancient Ayurvedic traditions and to offer products that are rich in nutrients.