As a part of our YogAuditing initiative, Advize Health has brought on board two yoga instructors dedicated to the practice and its principles. Designed to enrich life and improve work performance, YogAuditing is a movement to inspire movement. Follow the journey with us by subscribing to our newsletter, reading our blogs, tuning in to our podcasts, and following us on social media! The blog post below is how one of our resident yogis sets herself up for a better day.
1. I perform 1 to 2 minutes of meditation, cultivating my ujjayi breath. This is a discipline that might take some time to learn, but there’s no need to rush the process. The only way to master the discipline is by doing it. Start by sitting down, creating a powerful seat, find stillness while bringing your attention to your breath and the different parts of your body. Think of it as a full scan process, be with your thoughts with zero need to judge yourself for having them. Meditation is way more than perfection, rigidity or a blank mind. It is a practice that requires…practice.
2. Drink coffee while writing, reading or thinking of something inspirational.
3. Come into the practice. As a part of my life, I choose to move and create while on my mat as often as possible.
4. Drink as much water as I can, my brain and joints appreciate this effort.
5. Eat fresh food. Remember the adage, I am what I eat. I eat with intention; every color on my plate feeds every one of my chakras. As an example, tomatoes, strawberries, oranges, berries, watermelon, melon, and peach for my root and sacral chakras. Bananas, lemon, yellow peppers for my solar plexus chakra, baby spinach, avocado, broccoli, parsley, celery, green onions, olive and avocado oil for the heart chakra, ginger for my throat chakra, water for my third eye center chakra, and grapes, blueberries, prunes for my crown chakra.
Bonus: “Sit with your mess”. The idea behind this extra one came to my attention last week while practicing for the first time in 2 weeks (because YES!, my life gets messy, I freak out, I also run away from meditation. I get tired , angry and feek all of the feelings). This is when you must “sit with your mess”. Yes, do it, despite the fear. I did it, here’s how.
I arrive, explore and create- arrive into the messiness, get into it, surrender to it. Explore while breathing, in the practice, or in the meditation. Take a walk in the park, write something and create the possibility by using the tools you have right in front of you.
I believe, this is the real medicine, the greatest healing I ever have given to myself.