Yoga Way of Life. Looking for an organic skin care line produced in Washington? Olympia Food Co-op is honored to carry “Yoga Way of Life,” a line of pure and nourishing skin care products based on the principles of Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word meaning “life science” (ayus: science + veda: life). Bharti Nagal and her sister Sunila founded Yoga Way of Life in 2014. But years before this, in July 2007, Bharti was diagnosed by an autoimmune disorder and her symptoms went into remission following Ayurvedic treatments with doctors in India. She took special care of her skin because of the symptoms she had exhibited had during her illness. During this time, Bharti learned that the healthiest oils we ingest are also the healthiest skin moisturizers. Bharti decided that the best way she could show appreciation to nature for her healing was to create a line of high quality organic products that are safe and easy to use. She traveled home to India for six months and gathered her team of Ayurvedic doctors. After revising their soap recipe more than 20 times, the research team succeeded in developing Bharti’s desired results!
Yoga Way of Life launched their first soap in May of 2014, and by the end of March 2015, they had developed creams, body washes, shampoos and scrubs. When choosing your Yoga Way of Life products, you may wish to consider the Ayurvedic principle of the three doshas (or energies), inherent in every individual. These doshas are Vata (Air), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha (Water). According to Yoga Way of Life’s website, the following are skin characteristics of that can be used to help identify your predominant dosha and determine your most beneficial products, foods, and lifestyle:
- Vata: Dry, thin, fine-pored, cool to the touch, may be dry and flaky. Common skin imbalances are premature aging, dehydration, fine lines and wrinkles.
- Pitta: Warm to the touch, reddish or freckled complexion, sensitive to sunlight. Common skin imbalances are breakouts, redness, inflammation and rosacea.
- Kapha: Thick, moist, cool to the touch, pale complexion, large pores. Common skin imbalances are cystic acne around the mouth, excessive oiliness and blackheads.
This issue of our Co-op Spoonful contains a local coupon for 50¢ off all Yoga Way of Life offerings, which may vary somewhat between our east and west locations. Bharti says, “What started out as an idea to share my personal healing journey has turned into something beautiful that others are enjoying. I am grateful to all for your support!” We thank you in return, Bharti.