Live Be Yoga ambassadors Jeremy Falk and Aris Seaberg are on a road trip across the country to share real talk with master teachers, explore innovative classes, and so much more—all to illuminate what's in store for the future of yoga.
My eyes slowly flutter open as I hear the soft and deep OM resonate through the room. I’m gradually becoming aware of my body and surroundings again. I am lying in a nest of pillows and cushions on a salt pebble floor, and there is a large salt stone resting on my belly. A warm pink glow filters the room, along with the sound of fountains. Inhale. And exhale. I am allowing myself to soak up this moment of presence and peace. To my right, I see Jeremy awakening into his body, seemingly in the same state of peace.
This 45-minute session at Asheville Salt Cave began with a walk into this beautiful space, which is covered from floor to ceiling in 20 tons of naturally occurring salt imported from the Himalayas, the Celtic Sea, the Dead Sea, and Poland. The softness of the lights behind salt fixtures, the water that keeps the room at just the right humidity, and the beautiful design drawn into the salt floor made the space instantly soothing.
We had options to make ourselves comfortable in the nook of pillows on the floor or on the anti-gravity chairs. Our guide gave us some details about the cave and its healing properties. The purest forms of salt are said to be filled with approximately 84 trace minerals, high in vibration, and in such small particles that they are easily absorbed by the skin. Salt is known to balance health and energy, as well as to activate our own self-healing powers. Our guide told us it specifically assists in the healing of:
- Respiratory illness
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Stress and feeling depleted
- Healthy brain function
- Mineral deficiency
We were then guided through a centering breath practice to help us to let go of the outside world. From there, we were left to absorb the natural healing benefits of the salt and the soothing sounds of water—and simply to have a few minutes of much-needed quiet time.
Many people nap, meditate, or read in the cave. No matter what we did, we were sitting in a space that closely mimics salt caves that occur in nature. Unlike many urban caves that are known to use “halogenerators” to disperse the salt into the room via dry fans, Asheville Salt Cave designed its cave to be a “speleotherapy” cave. This method uses an exact formula of temperature and water placement to keep the atmosphere balanced at a certain level of humidity. In fact, the room has created its own microclimate and is starting to naturally produce more salt on its own!
This practice of sitting in a salt cave may sound a bit “woo woo” to some, but there is something about getting back in tune with the simplicity of nature. After all, our bodies are largely made up of water and salt. Upon awakening from my meditative nap in the cave, I felt different than awakening from the usual Savasana (Corpse Pose) state. I felt both an internal stillness and more vibrant. I felt emotionally and energetically more balanced, which was so needed for both of us—life on the road is exciting but can be disruptive to the nervous system. Offering a space of stillness and the opportunity to heal, balance, and realign, Asheville Salt Cave was an oasis in the midst of our travel life. If only there was one at every stop along our way!