I first began yoga about three years ago, like many, during a less than peaceful time in life. I went with a friend to a very advanced vinyasa style class and even though I considered myself to be very in shape from surfing and other activities, I nearly passed out. I had never sweat like that in my life. I can’t say I loved it that first time and it took some coaxing to get me back there a second time. But….after going three or four more times, I was hooked. I began exploring other types of yoga and classes, bouncing around until I found a practice based loosely on the teachings of Dharma Mitra. I really became addicted to this practice because by this point I was becoming more and more flexible and really liked the athleticism and challenging nature of the practice. But…..as I was not only gaining experience as a practicer of yoga, I was also starting a transformation of my inner self, which had me subconsciously looking for “something more” than just gymnastics in my practice. All of this somehow lead me to Ashtonga. As I’ve come to realize, yoga is more than just a work-out and the philosophy of Ashtonga resonates clearly with me. The physical practice serves one purpose only: recognizing your true core. I honestly can’t fully explain exactly how it happens but somehow amongst the holding of uncomfortable poses and consciously breathing through them in a meditative state, it magically transforms your ability to stay calm in difficult situations, love yourself, have compassion, become less worldly, view the ego as the main driver of unhappiness and most importantly, be grateful. A quote I recently came upon hit home so I’m sharing it with you: “The yoga pose is not the goal. Becoming flexible is not the goal. Standing on your hands is not the goal. The goal is to create space where you were once stuck. To unveil the layers of protection you’ve built around your heart. To appreciate your body and become aware of the mind and the noise it creates. To make peace with who you are. The goal is to love, well…..You. Come to your yoga mat to feel; not to accomplish. Shift your focus and your heart will grow.” -Rachel Brathen- What does any of this have to do with Bubble Shack and why am I blogging about it on my company’s website? Well…….everything comes full circle…….and as the creator of our products, I tend to make concoctions that support the transformation process, whether it be internal or external. For instance……with my new found enthusiasm for my new practice, I probably over did it a bit in the beginning and with it came some tendon soreness in my left knee. After taking a few days off and it still just not feeling normal, I doused my knee in castor oil (recommended by my teacher) and mixed in some of our Bungalow Glow “Hawaiian Glow” essential oil. Within 24 hours it really felt just about back to normal! Stoked! Castor oil reduces joint pain/arthritis and heals inflamed skin. Our “Hawaiian Glow” essential oil blend is a deeply relaxing and nourishing massage oil blend of basil, grapefruit, peppermint, lavender, carrot seed and natural vitamin E. All of the individual oils in this blend help to heal overworked muscles and reduce inflammation. On a side note, I recently found another use for our Hawaiian Glow Essential Oil. It works really well at clearing up doggy hot spots. Our dog, Buddy, had one that came up early in the week. (He’s allergic to everything under the sun) I put the oil on him before we went to bed and the next morning it was nearly dried up! I think we should call it “Magic Glow” instead of “Hawaiian Glow” Okay, that’s all from me for now! Aloha and Namaste