Submit to a daily practice.
Your loyalty to that
Is a ring on the door.
Keep knocking, and the joy inside
Will eventually open a window
And look out to see who’s there.
A Daily Practice…
After over a year of world travel, moving across the states and landing to begin a graduate degree on a new coast, the only constant I seem to know lately has been change.
Maintaining a daily practice might be one of the hardest things to say yes to when travelling. It may also feel like the hardest thing even when grounded and settled. And yet, I find it to also be the easiest and most nourishing thing to say YES to. For a dedicated yoga practitioner, daily practice may look like rolling out a yoga mat for 60 or 90 minutes. I personally don’t judge the quality of my daily practice based on the number of minutes clocked but rather the presence it cultivates. Some days it may not even “look like yoga”. Some days it looks like breathing deeply while walking in nature, or hunkering down for a morning of art-making, or mindfully preparing a nourishing meal.
Pausing to slow down long enough to notice subtle changes and catch moments of stillness is a necessity amongst a busy schedule. With the busyness of beginning graduate school in a new city, it was easy to let the details of a daily practice slip. And yet, I found that getting really CLEAR on what nourishes me each day to be the most important constant amongst the daily bustle.
I say YES to what NOURISHES me…
· Wake early: start the day with hot ginger + lemon tea
· Light a candle, write in my journal, move my body, sit quietly, stretch, and sweat
· Enjoy nourishing meals: simple, warm, well-spiced, plant-based, whole foods meals
· Sleep 8 hours a night
· Listen deeply & set intentions
· Make time to connect with loved ones – new and old
· Unapologetically snuggle animals
· Spend time in nature – breathe deeply and let the senses soak in the beauty
· Take time to get quiet
· Make art
· Notice beauty everywhere
· Embrace joy
Ground yourself amidst the chaos: a few tips from me to you
If you find yourself feeling hectic or scattered – perhaps from travelling or running around with family or work – try a few simple tips to ground yourself this summer:
· Drink ginger tea: This is a stellar practice especially around air travel or when your immunity feels compromised. I even carry raw ginger slices to chew (or ginger capsules) during long flights before eating a snack or meal to stoke agni (digestive fire) and boost immunity. Get fancy by adding fresh lemon juice and a bit of raw honey to your ginger tea. This is also a great way to start the day!
· Give yourself an oil massage! Try giving yourself an abhyanga (Ayurvedic oil massage). Use warm sesame oil to nourish the nervous system, calm elevated vata dosha, and alleviate stress and anxiety. Follow your self-massage with a warm shower or bath and only use soap where necessary. (If you are running hot, use coconut oil which is cooling in nature while sesame oil is warming.)
· Legs up the wall (Viparita Karani): This is my go-to daily posture to recharge after a busy day or after travel. Give yourself permission to get quiet, listen to some calm music and cover your eyes with an eye pillow if you have one. Allow yourself at least 5 minutes to rest and restore here. Don’t underestimate the power of a few minutes of concerted rest.
Take a few moments to use these pages to reflect on the question:
what NOURISHES you?
Fill the spaces with words, a poem, drawings, intentions, or whatever inspires you to NOURISH yourself in this moment.
If you’re feeling inspired, print a copy of this coloring page, handmade JUST FOR YOU. Break out your markers or colored pencils, turn on some favorite soothing tunes and allow yourself to BREATHE fully as you fill the page with color.
Let’s connect: seasonal shifts & refining daily practices for balance
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