If you follow me on Instagram (@cherylfyoga), you probably know that Athleta nominated me for their #upforanythingchallenge.** Please note, my class and wardrobe were sponsored by Athleta in exchange for social media posts and this honest review of my experience.
So I did cross fit...I know, right? A slow flow, Hatha yogi doing cross fit?? Yeah, I was equally concerned. But I had a rocking new set of Athleta up for anything tights, a challenge to prove I could do something new, and the fact that I had already said yes, and announced it on social media...lol.
I'll be the first to admit that I was 100% wrong about my preconceived notions of the cross fit community. I thought it was all about swinging ropes, flipping tires, and being jacked. Hence my nerves. In reality, the experience was amazing. I took a private lesson from a trainer who studied functional mobility. We started with lessons on proper form and core stabilization before moving on to the actual workout. Each step of the workout started with a lesson on form, as well. I felt encouraged, supported, and extremely motivated. Plus, I had zero questions about whether my trainer knew what she was doing; it was obvious. She even explained things to me in the way that a yoga teacher would cue a class.
I'm not going to say that this is experience you'd have at most cross fit classes. I purposely chose a small facility in a small town nearby and took advantage of their "first class free" program on off hours, partly out of nerves, but mostly because I really wanted to dive deeper into the experience than I'd be able to do in a group class. Aside from that, I will say that if you do go to a cross fit gym and they don't talk to you about the reasons cross fit works, the unique and always changing nature of classes, your overall health, and functional mobility, then it's probably not the gym for you. There's more to cross fit than is often portrayed and definitely more than I thought going in. I will also add that I'm definitely going back, because I know at some point tire flipping really is involved, and that's something I definitely want to do. lol. Regardless, I got a good workout, pushed myself harder than I had in a while, and was sore in the best of ways for several days.
Are you up to try something new? Are you #upforanything?
Many thanks to Cross fit Vacaville for this experience and Athleta (www.athleta.com) for including me in this challenge!
Over the holidays, my family got quite a few lovely bouquets with roses and baby’s breath and other cute little flowers. That really got me to brainstorming: I have all these essential oils I’ve collected over the past couple of years, I love Epsom salt baths, and I love flowers. So, I started drying out the rose petals and tiny decorative flowers, picked some lavender from my herb garden, and hopped online to research ratios for my blends.
These blends make great gifts for friends and family. They also allow you to turn your bath time into spa time, reaping the benefits of both Epsom salt soaks, and aromatherapy.
I came up with two bath soaks that I really enjoy, but this recipe makes a good base for any essential oil blend you prefer. Let this be your jumping off point! Also, if you’re like me and don’t want to wait a while for all the flowers to dry, turn your oven on its lowest setting, lay your flowers, herbs, and/or petals out on a baking sheet, and stick them in the oven. Start with 8-10 minutes and check every few minutes after that. The good thing about low temperature oven drying is that its way faster than just waiting for air to do the trick, and it preserves the color of the rose petals.
And without further ado…
The base for the bath soak is 2 cups Epsom salts to one cup of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt. I got both of mine off amazon. I also purchased 6oz mason jars for storage. One batch of this salt blend will produce 3-5 jars depending on how many additional additives you put in and how full you make the jars. Add 8-10 drops (combined) of oils, and 5-8 drops of carrier oil, then mix while slowly adding additional salt at the 2 to 1 ratio until you have the texture you want. Add flowers and/or dried herbs, mix again and pour into your jars. It’s that simple!
“I am at Peace” Crown Chakra Blend
In a big bowl, put two cups of the Epsom salt and one cup of Himalayan. Add 5 drops of your carrier oil (if you are using it), then add 3 drops of lavender oil, 3 of patchouli, 3 of frankincense, and 3 of sandalwood. Blend with ¼ cup of dried lavender, 1/8 chopped rose petals, and 1/8 cup baby’s breath (optional). Feel free to add more or less of anything depending on your personal preference. Mix well, adding additional salt to get the texture you desire. The salts should have a hint of oil to the touch, but not be clumping together or obviously over saturated. Next, pour into your jars, and done! When it comes time to using your salts, if you don’t like the idea of pouring flower petals and herbs directly into your bath, take one of the little muslin bags I mentioned above, add your bath soak to the bag, and toss the bag in your tub for a mess free solution.
“Calm and Relax Blend” from Blue Ridge Hemp
I’m a big fan of blue ridge hemp products. I’ve had my calm and relax CBD roll on for a while and love the smell of the oils. I also love CBD products, so for this blend, I decided to just pop off the top of my roll on, pour in about half the contents, and blend with my 2 to 1 salt mix. Then I added ¼ cup dried lavender, about a tablespoon of tangerine zest, dried rose petals, and some dried little flowers that I can’t identify but came in a bouquet I got. The ingredients in the CBD blend are: Grapeseed Oil, Cannabis sativa L. Extract, Lavender Flower, Valerian Root, Tangerine Essential Oil, Orange Essential Oil, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, Patchouli Essential Oil, Blue Tansy Essential Oil, Contains Amethyst. You can purchase it here: https://blueridgehempco.com/products/cbd-infused-roll-on-oil-blend-calm-relax. I am not and have never been paid by Blue Ridge Hemp, but I did receive this product for free about a year ago.
I hope you guys enjoy this base recipe for making your own bath soaks. Remember, I used 6 oz. jars and each batch made between 3-5 jars depending on how full I made them and how many flowers I put in. You can use muslin bags for the same effect as adding the salts directly to the bath, but with the salts in the bag, there’s no chance of flowers clogging your drain. The blends I made are for what I needed for my body. Mix one is for relaxation, connecting with myself, and bringing awareness to the here and now. Mix two is for calming my mind and body. Both have multiple benefits because each ingredient (except the decorative flowers) is known to aid the body or mind in some way. Have fun with it! Experiment! You never know what you might come up with!
I'm Cheryl. I moved to California from Vermont in 2015, gave up the path I'd spent years planning for, and started down a road to a happier, more fulfilling life. Goodbye suits and courtrooms, hello bare feet and yoga mats. After a few years, a couple of cross country moves, and a broken heart, I know I don't have all the answers, but I'm slowly starting to get the hang of things. :) I'm just taking things one day at a time, trying to figure out how to live my best life and help others do the same.