Martha Soffer is the founding father of Surya, Santa Monica’s acknowledged chief of contemporary Ayurveda. A instructor, lecturer, and acclaimed professional within the area, Martha’s deal with “Ayurveda for contemporary life” is achieved via a system of sensible and straightforward self-care, serving to every particular person attain stability and wellness via therapeutic retreats, restorative magnificence, wellness, and meals merchandise, in addition to instructional steering and help. Martha additionally works with medical docs who refer sufferers when Western medication can not ship a passable resolution. With the Surya workforce, Martha brings long-term vitality and well being to purchasers who vary from next-door neighbors to the highest stars of the movie and leisure industries.
Even on Sunday, I get up early — round 5:30 or 6 a.m. I like to meditate and do forgiveness prayers when every little thing is quiet. I often get up excited in regards to the folks I’m serving to, what are their therapies, what are their issues, what can I do for them, however I don’t wish to get busy with that till after I meditate. I like TM (Transcendental Meditation), which I’ve been doing for 34 years. I do an prolonged model previous the traditional 20 minutes. It provides me deep relaxation and further vitality, and units the world proper. Additionally, I pee in a jar. It’s not as a result of I don’t have an excellent bathroom (except we’re sleeping within the yurt on our hill), however as a result of I’ve an incredible backyard, and the morning’s first pee, diluted 50% with water, is unbelievable for vegetation (excessive in sulfites, potassium, phosphorus, and so on.). Which may appear bizarre, nevertheless it’s conventional in lots of cultures, and definitely in Ayurveda. It took some time to persuade my husband, Roger, however now it’s simply routine (and our backyard is prospering!).
After meditation, for my pores and skin, I do some dry-brushing with Bass’ Bamboo Facial Dry Brush or a garshana, which is a fast physique rub with uncooked silk gloves, to encourage circulation. Then I do a brief self-massage, and abhyanga, with considered one of Surya’s 4 herbalized oils. I decide the one which seems like what I have to stability for the day. Once I bathe, I solely use cleaning soap on my yoni, to let the physique oils soak deeper into my tissues. For my face, I begin with Sacred Rose Water, which helps with my freckles and normal cooling, then do a facial therapeutic massage with an Ayurvedic Kansa wand and Surya Face Oil, which is richly natural and made with a wide range of milks, all of which helps rejuvenate the pores and skin. I apply Surya Balancing Collagen Cream, which is predicated on a recipe handed down via many generations of girls in my household, mixed with every little thing I’ve discovered in 30 years of Ayurvedic apply. If there’s one factor now we have that’s magic at Surya, it’s the Collagen Cream. We even make it on the total moon, with all the standard mantras. I additionally use Santa Maria Novella Solar Display screen to guard my pores and skin from extra solar.
So — slightly meditation, slightly magnificence, after which, on a Sunday, it might be something. I like going to farmer’s markets, going to the flicks, mountaineering, flea markets, and dealing within the backyard, and on the finish of every Sunday, we attempt to have a Colombian household dinner. My youngsters and their companions come over, perhaps a household buddy or two, and I prepare dinner ajiaco. It’s a standard soup of corn, potatoes, and then you definitely add no matter you want on the desk — rooster, capers, avocado, cream. Or I make one thing else, like empanadas. However largely it’s the household, all of us collectively, speaking, laughing, sharing, and even dancing after dinner.
I comply with the identical magnificence routine as Sunday, however earlier than work, as soon as every week or extra if I can, I do some Qigong with a Grand Grasp named Koncho. It’s proper on the Bluffs in Santa Monica, about three minutes from Surya Spa, so it’s very handy, and immediately calming and energizing. Koncho additionally does some Chi therapeutic on our purchasers as one of many accessible companies for visitors doing Panchakarma at Surya. Within the day, it’s purchasers and consults, seeing many individuals within the therapy rooms, and Zoom check-ins with faraway purchasers. Then, at night time, again residence earlier than mattress, I wash my face with Surya Collagen Cleanser, which helps to tighten the pores and skin. That’s not in the marketplace but, however it is going to be quickly. Within the mornings, I placed on slightly rose water, then the Balancing Face Oil, and at last the Balancing Collagen Cream, and at night time I exploit further Collagen Cream as a result of it acts like an all-night masks and works its rejuvenating magic whereas I sleep.
It’s the identical magnificence routine morning and night time. However the day is at all times totally different, and generally I see many, many consumers, so at residence within the night, along with my meditation, I like to get within the backyard, or feed the hummingbirds (now we have so many at our home!), and I like to prepare dinner even a easy dinner for Roger and myself. If it’s not too late, Roger and I’ll snuggle on our tremendous mushy sofa and watch a film or an episode of no matter nice present we’re into. Roger put a projector and drop-down display screen in throughout COVID, so it’s actually like being within the films proper in our home — however tremendous cozy and enjoyable.
I love to do a few masks within the week. I differ them based on my pores and skin’s wants, however considered one of my favorites is a potato masks. I reduce off the top of a potato, then rub that open potato on my face. You let the juice dry, and that’s it — it’s extremely easy and tremendous efficient for wrinkles and tightening the pores and skin on the whole. It’s additionally very cheap! I depart it on for about 45 minutes (whereas I’m meditating) however even 5 minutes is useful. After that, I simply rinse it off, and I’m achieved!
As soon as every week, I do a particular facial cupping — not with glass, however with a mushy silicone cup. My favourite set is the Pores and skin Fitness center one from Citrine Pure Magnificence Bar. I apply the Face Oil, then use my favourite mix of important oils: Floracopeia Helichrysum Important Oil Mix. I rub a drop or two on both sides of my face, then on my brow. Utilizing one of many smaller silicone cups (so the suction isn’t too robust), I squeeze the cup to create the suction, then glide it up both sides of my face in direction of my hairline. I glide it throughout my brow, then from the eyebrows as much as the hairline. On the finish, beginning on the hairline, I transfer the cup right down to either side of my face to the left and proper collarbone. After this, my pores and skin may be slightly purple for 10-Quarter-hour, however then it appears to be like — and feels (and is!) — rejuvenated.
On the finish of the week, after I can use slightly further de-stressing, I do a particular masks/bathtub combo at night time after dinner. For the masks, I make a clay masks combined with therapeutic botanicals (I like to make use of issues like neem, aloe vera, honey, royal jelly, cacao, and uncooked egg), put it on, and get into one of many Surya Tub Soaks. I select the kind of Tub Soak primarily based on no matter I really feel I want at that second — Calming, Cooling, Muscle Reduction, and Hormone Soothing — however actually, all of them are literal spa therapies that anybody can do in their very own residence. You’ll really feel the therapeutic results straight away — they’re profound, and so they final. And the best way I do it, you’re getting slightly face remedy on the similar time!
Earlier than meditation, after I know I’ve slightly further time, I mix a hair masks of egg, avocado, vinegar, lemon, olive oil, coconut oil, and a particular Surya herbalized oil we make for purchasers on the spa. Due to the avocado, it turns an attractive inexperienced. I therapeutic massage it into my scalp and all via my hair. I pop on a plastic bathe cap so I don’t damage something I would lean in opposition to, and wrap all that in a towel to create heat, which helps with the absorption of all useful properties of the oils and botanicals. Ideally, I depart this in for an hour (my mixed meditation and wonder second!), then wash it out within the bathe. The hair masks helps stop hair loss, reduces dandruff, and makes my hair splendidly shiny and mushy.
Saturday can be an excellent day for a yoga lesson — now we have great Dosha Yoga academics at Surya, and once in a while I rent them myself to work on opening no matter must be opened in my physique. Saturday can be Yoni Day. We do Yoni steams at Surya, however they’re simply as simple to do at residence. We additionally make a Yoni Cream, which moisturizes and soothes our most delicate pores and skin. Saturday can be an excellent day to compensate for my Italian classes. I like Duolingo, and I generally apply Italian whereas I’m doing a steam. Lastly, Roger and I often make Saturday night time an excellent date night time, perhaps at Santa Monica’s Birdie G’s, Rustic Canyon, or Tallula’s, the place we discuss something and every little thing. We each love good meals, particularly if it’s natural and cooked with love.
And that’s actually my mantra — no matter I do, I attempt to do with love, for others and for myself. It’s the proper power to be in. I believe everyone knows this. It’s the power that heals, that makes us really feel like we’re at residence, and once we’re in that power, we are at residence, with ourselves, and with one another. Then we really feel lovely, we glance lovely, and we’re lovely. That’s my week!
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