Whenever I start to feel a little “under the weather” I always look forward to making my get-well-soon apple lemon spice tea. It only takes about 15 minutes and it always seems to slow whatever inflammatory process that might be a brewin’. The get-well-soon spices are known to aide in the reduction of inflammation.
Preparing your yoga space can be just as important as the practice itself. There is a sense of serenity that comes with creating a clean and beautiful sanctuary for yourself. I like to start my morning by making my bed. For some reason this small little chore that only takes a couple of minutes is surprisingly relaxing and gets me in the mood to get my day started. Then I make my way into the kitchen to have my morning coffee or tea with my husband. I have a few nice quiet moments with him as we wake up together and get ready for the day.
I struggled for a long time with the concept of “yoga hands.” I didn’t understand what I was trying to achieve or what I was supposed to be trying to achieve. I didn’t understand the purpose or meaning behind it, and I just simply did not like it. In fact, I hated it. When it came to applying “yoga hands” to my practice my body would simply say, “Nothing about this feels good.” I would hear the cues and just roll my eyes and continue to do whatever felt right for my body. Don’t get me wrong, now as a yoga instructor, I follow the school of thought that as students of yoga we should always listen to our bodies, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that rolling my eyes was the healthiest option. At the time I was experiencing not just pain, but pain that lasted. I was angry at myself. I was angry at my body. I just couldn’t understand what I was doing wrong, but I just kept pushing through it. I didn’t realize at the time that it was a very unhealthy way to practice, both physically and mentally.
Change is hard. A study conducted by Phillippa Lalley suggested that “the time it took participants to reach 95% of their asymptote of automaticity ranged from 18 to 254 days; indicating considerable variation in how long it takes people to reach their limit of automaticity and highlighting that it can take a very long time.” Sounds a little discouraging doesn’t it? But there’s good news. It means that all those times you tried to get in a good habit or get out of a bad habit, and you just didn’t quite make the mark, maybe that particular habit just needed a little extra love and is still an attainable goal. As a yoga practitioner and wellness advocate, I firmly believe in the power of the mind. Creating positive associations to reinforce your new habit may help you to turn a new leaf.
There is not a single recipe that I can manage to follow to the T. I typically find a recipe that sounds amazing and somehow always manage to have missing ingredients. Whether I forgot an ingredient at the store, an ingredient is absolutely impossible to find at the store, or I simply don’t want to go to the store. Although I might be missing out on a great recipe, I end up with something just as good and sometimes these kinda mickey moused recipes become some of our family favorites.