Nourish Your Physical Body

Exercise – get the prana moving. This is important for your digestion. For your mood – hello endorphins! And – don’t you love that feeling when your favorite pair of jeans fit just perfectly?!

Don’t make it a chore.

Do something you enjoy – walk with your dog, meet a friend and go for a run, jump on your rebounder and listen to NPR, go to a yoga class or do a quick HIIT video in your living room!

Feed your body.

Pay attention to your body when you start your day. Your body serves as the vehicle for your amazing mind, so treat it well, but don’t obsess.

Drink a few pints of warm lemon water, to increase the alkalinity and to help flush out your digestive tract!

Then eat nutrient dense, easily digestible food, like oats and chia seeds or a green smoothie (heavy on the veggies, not the fruits).

Nourish Your Mind

Meditate.

When you get up, sit quietly and become friends with your mind.

Sit on a chair, feet planted or on the floor, legs crossed. Spine in neutral curves, hands rested on your lap, gaze dropped.

Place the mind on the breath – the slow inhale and exhale. When thoughts pop into your head, label them thinking and let them go, coming back to the breath.

You may notice that you’re disturbed by internal dialogs – what you want to eat, to-do lists etc. Or you may be disturbed by the external world – dogs barking etc. Learn to let go of both of these, not reacting and gently returning to the breath.

There are a lot of great apps out there too, for tracking your progress or guiding you.
Meditate.

When you get up, sit quietly and become friends with your mind.

Sit on a chair, feet planted or on the floor, legs crossed. Spine in neutral curves, hands rested on your lap, gaze dropped.

Place the mind on the breath – the slow inhale and exhale. When thoughts pop into your head, label them thinking and let them go, coming back to the breath.

You may notice that you’re disturbed by internal dialogs – what you want to eat, to-do lists etc. Or you may be disturbed by the external world – dogs barking etc. Learn to let go of both of these, not reacting and gently returning to the breath.

There are a lot of great apps out there too, for tracking your progress or guiding you.

Feed Your Mind.

When you wake up, give yourself the gift of feeding your Mind. You can read something that is inspiring to you – rather then listening to the News which can often be negative!

I have recently been reading Marcus Aurelius’ book Meditations and was struck by this passage in Book II of Meditations. He reminds us to look past people’s difficult behavior and articulates our connection, rather than separation.

“Begin the morning by saying to thyself, I shall meet with the busy-body, the ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, envious, unsocial. All these things happen to them by reason of their ignorance of what is good and evil. But I who have seen the nature of the good that is beautiful and of the bad that it is ugly, and the nature of him who does wrong, that is akin to me, not only of the same blood or seed, but that it participates in the same intelligence and the same portion of the divinity, I can neither be injured by any of them, for no can fix on me what is ugly, nor can I be angry with my kinsman, nor hate him, For we are made for co-operation, like feet, like hands, like eyelids, like the rows of the upper and lower teeth. To act against one another then is contrary to nature; and it is acting against one another to be vexed and to turn away.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book II

Do this one thing every morning

Wakeup.

MAKE YOUR BED.

Get on with your day.

Why?

It’s an easy task to complete – it only takes a few moments to straighten out your bed. BUT.. it has ripple effects for the rest of the day, because you gain a sense of achievement, of succeeding which impacts how you approach the rest of your to-dos.

Morning Routines. THE number one Secret to a Masterful Life.

Wake up before dawn. I know, I know. This seems like suuuuuchhh a drag, doesn’t it? But, there are few really important reasons to do this.

The first is that waking up before dawn means you are waking in the Vata hours, which in Ayurveda is associated with space and air, which is light, clear, expansive energy. You won’t feel the need for a vat of coffee to cut through the sludge.

The second is, that you if you wake up before everyone else in your home, you will have the time to start the day on YOUR terms. Starting the day on your terms means you fill your cup or put on your oxygen mask first, so when your family gets up, you are not being drained.

The third is that there’s a great precedent. The billionaires & CEOS of the world all have clear, precise morning routines – rise before the sun and then a variety of exercise, reflection, meditation, gratitude practices, reading, lemon water/healthy breakfasts.

Mini-cleanse Tip 3: Self-Massage/Abhyanga

Rub warm food-grade sesame, coconut or almond oil into your body & your children’s bodies and sit on an old towel for 10-20 mins, if you have the time, and then lie down in a warm bath with some tea. Add 1 c of epsom salts or himalyan salt or baking soda to the bath to up the detox element!

Do you know your Doshas?

The doshas are the organizing principles of the universe. Vata is Air and Space. Pitta is Fire and Water and Kapha is Water and Earth. If you know your unique profile, you can start getting specific (rather than general – seasons, time of day, age) with your daily rituals.

Here are three. Do at least three to get an overall picture – they all have a slightly different focus. Your prakruti is your unique combination of Vata, Pitta and Kapha, your Vikruti is what you are right now (which can be affected by the weather, stress, illness, addictions).

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<<https://yogainternational.com/article/view/dosha-quiz>>

Mini-cleanse Tip 2: Dry-brushing

Heat a small enclosed space – e.g. bathroom.  Take a shower brush or rough body-scrubber and vigorously attend to your whole body – including the soles of your feet.  You can do this with your children and lover too.