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Top Eleven Things Not To Do In A Yoga Teacher Training Class

After the top ten must-do list for yoga teacher training class. Now there are top eleven things not to do in a yoga teacher training class in yoga institute. Yoga is a journey (and that letting go is too!). I hope you enjoy these and possibly even see a reflection of some of your own behaviors. None of these things are really going to add to your yoga class – so do your very best to avoid them!

 

  1. DON’T gasp or hold your breath or breathe through your mouth. If you hear a sudden “haaaaaaa” as you finish a pose, it probably means you’ve been holding your breath!

 

And mouth-breathing under stress (for example: hard yoga pose!) tends to trigger paradoxical breathing, which mimics anxiety. Always breathe through the nose, except when directed otherwise (eg kapalbhati).

 

  1. DON’T wear loose clothing or fleecy track-suit pants. We’ve probably all done it – or at least seen someone turn up to their first yoga class wearing classic yoga gear – long baggy pants and a loose t-shirt.

 

Unfortunately it traps the hot air and soaks up the sweat, making your clothes heavy, hot and clingy – and more importantly, it’s harder to lower your core temperature efficiently. Not a good recipe for hot yoga!

 

  1. DON’T gulp too much water. You’ll end up feeling sick and downright uncomfortable in some of the belly-down poses. Trust me … I’ve been there!

 

  1. DON’T talk to others in class. It is tempting (especially when a tough pose is held for a long time) to turn to your friend in class and discuss what is going on.

 

I’ve even heard inane conversations about “relationship issues” going on during class. Leave your gossip outside the yoga room please!

 

  1. DON’T ignore the instructor or anticipate poses or deliberately procrastinate. It simply means you are not “present” and you will not get the best out of your class.

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  1. DON’T make up your own poses or do a pose modification without first consulting your instructor. It could be dangerous and you may not be approaching it in the right way.

 

  1. DON’T wipe the sweat away (unless it’s stinging your eyes). Your sweat is there to cool you down. It is counter-intuitive, but wiping it away WILL make you hotter.

So don’t refer this article again- http://goo.gl/fjZDzX

  1. DON’T push past pain (“no pain, no gain” is NOT yoga!). Work to your own edge – that’s all you need to do. You don’t need to do ‘better’ than yesterday at a pose. You need only to be a better version of you (and that means listening more to yourself).
  2. DON’T eat a large meal 2-3 hours before class. I won’t describe what is likely to happen!

 

  1. DON’T come to class after drinking alcohol or taking drugs, no matter how “brave” you feel.

 

(Yes, I have taught classes where someone had had a few shots before coming. He admitted it to me after class – and had spent most of the class on the floor. He said that he’d never do it again – it was that unpleasant!).

 

Actually it’s unfair to your teacher. They are supposed to take care of you and be responsible for everyone in the class.

  1. DON’T compare YOUR practice to that of anyone else – including your own! Who cares what you could or couldn’t do yesterday – it has no bearing on your regular enjoyment of the benefits.

Our bodies can work in mysterious ways, so just let the yoga work for you. A yoga teacher training class actually has a ton of information about how to correct common mistakes that are some students still make after years (and even decades) of practice.

Know more- http://goo.gl/YHRkbt

 

Reference Gabrielle

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Top Ten Things You Must Do In A Hot Yoga Class

In reality this is a lifelong journey – so appreciate that I’m summarizing a few tips that can and will make a big difference to YOU! There are top 10 things must do in hot yoga teacher training class in a yoga school.

 

  1. Wear the right clothes! That usually means form-fitting moisture-breathable sports-style gear such as bike shorts and lycra-style sports bras. You can wear knee-, Capri or mid-calf pants too.

 

  1. Drink plenty of water during the day, both before and after class. Sip water in class to replenish fluids, especially if it’s very hot (whether or not you can see that you’re physically sweating). Remember to keep sea salt in your diet (and consider electrolyte supplementation).

 

  1. Breathe! Yes, it’s true one can always breathe more effectively.

Watch a video on breathing- http://goo.gl/2IKZsZ

 

  1. Connect with yourself – use the mirror and keep your eyes open during the class (no nap taking in savasana!).

 

  1. Use struggle as your guide. By this I mean when things become frustrating and you find yourself struggling, this is a useful sign to adjust something – your thoughts, your breathing or a simple correction of posture. Using struggle as your guide will also help stop you going too far and exposing yourself to injury. (Another way of expressing it is this: Identify struggle as you encounter it and then move away from it.)

 

  1. Respect your fellow students. Everyone is on their own yoga journey. Some days you might find yourself commenting to yourself about what others are doing. You may even feel judgmental or concerned or even smug about any little thing. Or you could be comparing yourself as better as or worse than them.

Read more about cooling, sweat and hydration here- http://goo.gl/fjZDzX

 

  1. Follow your instructor’s directions (with an important waiver)! With a repeated set of poses the question remains: How on earth do you treat each class as if you’ve never done it before when you keep hearing the same thing again and again? Running on auto-pilot is perhaps your biggest danger. It is the opposite of being present.

 

It is a real conundrum and conversations with thousands of students over the years (in person and on the forum) have shown me that this is the biggest reason why people give up or consider giving up their yoga. Their solid habit is always good physically but the now mindless approach (because that’s what habits are) has ripped the soul out of their precious practice.

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The trick is to follow instructions with a critical attention to detail. Don’t just let instructions flow into you without passing through your gatekeeper. Your gatekeeper keeps you safe. Of course, YOU are the gatekeeper! Every phrase uttered has to be consumed by you and then you attempt to follow that cue. If at any time you find there is a twinge, an ache, or a feeling of the slightest bit of struggle then you take affirmative action!

 

Look, struggle is not the same as challenge. Challenge is good! You want some challenge. Struggle is when you feel uneasy, a pained expression, maybe your forehead has creased, your hamstrings hurt, your brow curled, or your jaw or shoulders tightened.

 

Sometimes all it takes is a little patience. Use a little TIME to honor your teacher AND YOURSELF and to keep you safe. Make an effort to momentarily WAIT for instructions from your teacher to process exactly what’s being asked of you before you progress. What you discover will sometimes amaze you. You might find that you can do exactly what’s said and other times you’ll realize that it doesn’t make sense or is impossible to do … or more importantly that it hurts you.

 

It is a CRUCIAL part of your personal development to make the right changes in your poses if you happen to interpret something in your own body as risky for you to do. This is where learning best technique is so important [and perhaps where I can help you].

 

Final point for now is a common example for you: If your lower back or hamstrings are hurting you in a pose where your teacher says to lock out your legs, then stop auto-pilot from locking your legs. So it does not matter if you are being cajoled to lock your legs, you keep them a little bent to keep space in your back and hamstrings. Aaaaahh! 🙂

 

  1. Be present. Again, running on autopilot could cause you to think about other things while absently practicing your asanas. When this happens (it happens to all of us from time to time), simply refocus on 3 and 4 and all will be well again! Self-assessment and keeping yourself safe is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY regardless of what you’re told to do. When it comes to interpreting risky instruction your body’s voice is the most important one (and more important than your teacher’s).

 

  1. Find your Savasanas quickly. Your practice will be oh-so-much-more effective if you go quickly, without rushing, into Savasana. So many benefits are deepened by letting go into Savasana immediately after each pose, whether you’re standing or laying down. Find your Savasana without any extra activity… no wiping sweat, no adjusting your mat, no moving your water bottle, just get there and be still!

 

  1. Practice your OWN class. It doesn’t matter what on earth that noodle is doing next to you, or that someone somewhere is grunting in and out of every pose. It’s YOUR class, so be in it.

 

Read more- http://goo.gl/YHRkbt

Reference Gabrielle

What is the physiology of happiness?

The Physiology of happiness is your deep practice of yoga teacher training in yoga institute. That way, when you do dissect the poses you discover the joy of learning to really listen to your body with a deep understanding that will astound you. Here we’ll drill down into some specifics for-

  • Neck, shoulders and arms
  • Legs, knees and feet

Here will approaching your practice systematically – not by using any specific pose as a reference – but by using your body as the reference.

  1. Neck, shoulders and arms- So many yogis routinely engage this part of the body wrongly. I can see it a mile off. And with the information today you’ll be able to not just see it in yourself and others, but identify what it feels like and how to fix it. You’ll have a ticket to pain-free posture (and yoga poses)!

The way you SHOULD hold your neck, shoulder and arms is one of the unchanging relationships that you will learn to rely on in your practice. The only issue at the moment is diagnosing if you are routinely not doing it the right way.

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Like many people you may need an overhaul to what you’re doing now. It’s oh-so-easy when your mistakes are um, unmistakable and big. It’s when you need TINY changes but you think you’re doing it right and so are not looking to make any changes. So pay attention to everything and test drives it all here, now and in the yoga room.

So here’s your yardstick for your constant reminder and referral. They are ground rules for yoga and in fact ANY movements you do. They are very simple but they take a combination of practice and good-habit-forming movements and awareness to make the benefits stick!

  • Your shoulders must stay down and back so you can open up and maintain best range of motion in your shoulders, neck, back and arms.
  • Great habits here are one of the most important keys to a long neck and even a stress-free life.
  • When you learn the nuances of this important key to your posture you’ll be able to stand correctly as well as counter those forward bending, slouching, crouched over, desk- sitting, baby feeding, child holding, driving, eating (ad infinitum) postures that most of us have developed via bad habits.

The key is in a position that’s activated by ‘externally rotating’ your shoulders. You’ll be able to securely seat your shoulder blades down and back and away from the ears.

Whether you’re at your desk, shooting one arm up to the sky in Triangle pose, or curled over tightly in Rabbit there really is never a time where hunching your shoulders will help you!

In fact the simple act of holding your shoulders down and back will resolve so much tension in your back, neck, shoulders and head that your headaches may disappear, and you WILL breathe more deeply and enjoy your life more.

It is part of what I call having a “Physiology of Happiness “!

Stand this way, outside of yoga with your upper arms externally rotated and your chest lifted and discovers a new spring in your step and a compelling need to put a smile on your face. So get out there and enhance your happiness with this cornerstone life skill and yoga technique.

For more info see video- http://goo.gl/aHLuDS

  1. Legs, knees and feet- Someone who walks on the tips of their toes (and even someone who wears high heel shoes) isn’t as connected to the ground as someone barefoot who is spreading the weight consciously through the feet to support their body!

Seems obvious that how you connect with the ground really makes a huge difference to everything you do.

“Standing properly on your own 2 feet” takes on new meaning because you can really make excellent alignment start where it should … at the ground.

When you practice this yoga frequently enough you will likely find your feet change to support you better than they ever have before, especially if you learn how to use them in the best possible way.

Not just pose by pose, but in a way that helps you ‘get’ the nuances of balance and support and how it affects you from toes and heels right upwards to through your hips and shoulders to the top of your head. Onwards and upwards!

So in your practice, noticing what you do with your feet, ankles, knees and hips can form a strong focus for you … and help you enjoy more satisfying progress in every class!

>> The keys:

>> Start with feet facing forward not splayed out to the sides.

>> Feet misalign for most students when they bring “toes and heels together”. DON’T do that. Really DON’T.

>> If you squish your heels and toes together your ankles are probably squashing together too. Each is kind a holding the other up. This is disastrous for when you lift one leg off of the floor. In fact, I can see most people shift the foot on the floor to compensate the moment the lifted foot is airborne.

So… try instead to have the big toes touching but align your legs and hips and see if you too end up with a space between your heels. If you ever have trouble balancing on one leg this COULD be THE key for you.

To put it another way: Your knees face forward. As do your feet. No splaying. Hips won’t turn outwards as a result and your whole practice will be better. Could you take a little while to recalibrate your practice?

If you have knock-knees, bowed legs, pronated ankles or fallen arches the renewed attention to your lower limbs from the ground up will:

  • Correct the muscular imbalances that created the problem* in the first place
  • Set you up to benefit much more deeply than you thought possible

Just like any knew skill you learn, at first these adjustments will be difficult because they suck your attention and your energy. But after a while these adjustments will become second nature and only need checking in a holistic sense as you cycle your attention through your body.

If you like this idea then you should check out The Hot Yoga Master classes. Here- http://goo.gl/YHRkbt

 

I think you really will make breakthroughs if you choose to use The Hot Yoga Master Classes.

 

Reference- Gabrielle

Discovering Sattva…

Sattva means completion and harmony of the ying and the yang. – Anand

Before even thinking about spending sometime in India at Sattva Retreat and joiningSattvaCommunity in Rishikesh, and then decidingto take part of the yoga teacher training program…. I ‘ve already practiced yoga.

I’ve also taught some classes in my city,invited from my teacher that was so enthusiastic in having such a young student with such interest and passion for the yoga teachings.

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I had always enjoyed it very much and felt great and deeply changed and transform after each session, having the feeling I was going into the direction of who I really am.
But every time no more than couple months would pass and whatever class I was taking or teachingwouldn’t feel “right” to me.
I alwaysfelt that the practice was not aligned to my everydaylife, or didn’t feel that I had to believe or pray some Gods in order to become a “real yogini”.

Also, sometimes, I couldn’t manage all of the energy that would arise after Kundalini practices, as I often would walk out of a yoga studio with the energy to climb a mountain. But I was in a busy town and mostly of my friendswere more interested in climbing the steps of a bar in Rome.

Sometimes after an Ashtanga class, I felt very tired for days, I needed to recover and let my body to stretch, as I felt like I’ve exhausted myself in a workout class.

I always thought that the problem was in me, in my personality,and those were the reasons why after a short time I decided toquit with “yoga”…
It felt to me as I was searching for an answer in an infinite book and that the answer I was looking for was always on the next page.
Exhausted from that search,I’ve decided to give up… and I though that I was not made for practicing “physical” yoga, so I’ve decided to focus all my practice only on meditation.
And it went well: I enjoyed many benefits and have learned the power of the mind and applied to my work as a psychologist for a while.
But again at some point I felt that something was still missing.

When I finally had a blessing to meet Anandin Italy, it was last November during his first retreat inRonciglione. I followed him with my goodfriends during this trip, and from his teachings, I’ve realized that itwasn’t me that was made “wrong” for the yoga practice.
I’d realized that what I had been through all of those years of trying to practice was just a part of the original teaching….and finally I had the answers for the questions that I had given up sometime before.
I had interviewed Anand during Yoga Festival in Milan, where he taught some classes.

F: How have you started to teach? How come you started to teach yoga?

Anand:It happened naturally since ayoung age;I just always knew.It came very easy to me; and people always came to me and asked me questions about their lives, and this is how I started.
I was studying yoga in different places,and I have found that it was always a little fragmented,it didn’t feel complete anywhere. Hatha yoga was a very specific technique and I found it very limited. For mean enlightenment is all about freedom, as I have always been a rebel and thought that anything that limits you, can’t be freeing you. So this is how Sattva was born. I realized that all the practices where not meant to be separated. This is a modern invention, where there are Hatha, Kundalini and all different practices. Sattva yoga was born out of that intention of giving a real and complete way which focus on true wisdom, intelligence, meditation, physical practices, tantra … all of it! The whole way!I’ve realized this when I went to different ashrams and saw that in some people were only meditating, but were physically unfit, and in others, people were physical fit but mentally unfit and their consciousness was very narrow, as they were doing just the asanas but didn’t know the vocabulary. So Sattva came as a result of an intention to create a revolutionary whole way, a complete way. And when I say complete, and it doesn’t meant that it has been finished or that it has ended evolving, by complete I mean that is whole and it continues to evolve, like the Universe that is whole but it’s always evolving. That how Sattva came about. Sattva means Completion and Harmony of the ying and the yang.

During the classes I had attended with Anand at that three days retreat, I had the “Sattva experience” of yoga and finally felt that I had found the practice that I was looking for but not only a practice…

Now that I’m at the Sattva retreat, and I feel this sense of deep wholeness that arises in me, Anand’s worlds keep running in my mind as I am understanding that whole doesn’t mean complete, but it means that keeps evolving, as the Universe. And me, as the Universe, I feel to have this incredible opportunity to truly and deeply evolve, expand and give up the searching for something that has to be complete. And know I understand why I was not finding what I really needed, because I was looking into “yoga” only a finished experience that would “fit” my life and not looking as experiencing life in yoga, as a “sattvic” experience.

May these worlds help you to find your answers….

In peace and profound gratitude,

Francesca

Source- Sattva Yoga Academy Blog..Read more blog..

Say Goodbye to Back pain Just in Four Simple Steps Formula with Yoga

In a class of yoga schools or a yoga teacher training can’t tell you these types of formulas. This is a “secret” – and fast – formula for fixing a backache and you should not that, if you have an injury, or suspect you have one, it’s always an idea to see somebody professional about it especially if you have any doubts.

But niggles and odd aches and pains can happen when you:

* Do some gardening.

* Do a full day’s desk works.

* Lift something heavy (say, packing boxes when moving house).

* Clean around the place / do chores (cars / house).

* Round forward for prolonged periods (manual labor etc).

Many doctors suggest you to avoid the activity and it’s very important to rest and even take anti-inflammatories  if you have an acutely sore and reactive back. This is a four step formula with great news that doing a well thought-out selection of backbends (for just about any niggle or ache) may actually restore your back to shiny and new.

Step 1:- Use a slightly under-inflated size 3 soccer or basketball (no bigger than c9 inches in diameter) and place it under the lower lumbar spine (or sacrum if you are very weak). Hold it there with 2 hands and do 10-20 leg lifts. If you can’t lift your legs off the floor, move the book closer to your tailbone.

You can see the demonstrating this here

Step 2:- Do 2 – 3 yoga Cobra Poses.

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You know Bikram style where you place your hands on the floor behind your shoulders. Rest those hands passively without pushing down and don’t use them at all in the lift.

You can see the demonstrating this click here

Step 3:- Do another 2-3 yoga Cobra Poses but this time make them arm-assisted Iyengar-style Cobras.

Place your hands a little forward of your shoulders.

Squeeze your lower body firm again as you did before. But this time, as you look up and lift up, position your shoulders down and back away from your ears and lift your body as high up off the floor as you can.

Your arms may be straight or could hold a slight bend depending on your body geometry and possibly the discomfort levels you have in your back.

Rest between and after your Cobras.

Step 4:- Take yoga Child’s Pose

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Keep your hands under your shoulders, your spine neutral, push up onto all 4s and bring your hips to your heels for yoga child’s pose.

See Half Tortoise photos here to turn this into Child’s Pose just bring your arms back beside you and no need to focus on any “extension or flatness” – just relax.

A surprising effect:

Do you know that feeling in your body when you are coming down with something like the flu? That’s all over achy feeling by using this formula? Yoga has a power to change the lives and your body positively. This formula is really works.

The back pain is one of the major health problems in the USA. Most of the people have not a permanent treatment for the back pain. There are six more yoga poses that can help to relief from back pain. You can also try these yoga poses that can help with back pain and you can do these poses anywhere-

  1. Downward Facing Dog
  2. Upward Facing Dog
  3. Seated Forward Fold
  4. Seated Spinal Twist
  5. Lower Back Clasp
  6. Sphinx Pose

To check out more details about these poses and more click

These yoga poses may be the best alternative for back pain relief and you can get rid backache.

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Some Yoga Secrets That Nobody Tells You

Isn’t it strange, that the one thing that could make the biggest difference to you and your body is something almost nobody talks about? I mean, if there’s a pill for it why bother?

OK, let’s skip the cynicism. What I mean is that, years and years could pass you by, you could go to the doctor, exercise and do sport anywhere including at school, and talk to or be taught by literally dozens of people and never be advised to do this.

I’m talking about backbends.

I can’t remember what the teacher said to me in high school when I attended yoga on my first occasions. But I am absolutely sure that nobody else, and that includes my doctor, yoga school master, yoga teacher training guru, an orthopedic surgeon I saw, anyone at school, at home, my mom, any friends, nobody in Phys Ed classes ever said I should do backbends. Not a word, nada, zip, nothing, zilch!

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It’s crazy! I mean, before you started yoga, did you know that BACKBENDS were a CRUCIAL part of your overall health?

These days there really is a posture epidemic. Seeing elderly people stooping makes me stand up straighter. Hopefully it makes you stand up and walk right too! Because it’s pretty eye-opening to see someone umpteen years your senior with a hump on their back, stooping or walking with difficulty and realize you could be headed right there if you’re not careful.

But what REALLY makes my tummy turn is when I see teenagers with horrific stooping postures. Where are the people telling them that they are in for a long and bumpy future riddled with the possibility of worsening health and even worse posture (each making the other continually worse)?

Yep, young people with the bodies of 80 year olds is SCARY.I am positive that if we were taught from a young age to incorporate backbends into our lives then many of today’s problems could be a lot less prevalent.

Bend over backwards for your health … and reverse a few ills while you’re at it!

You see, most of your life happens while you’re bending forward!

Think about it. And simply look around. You sit, you stretch out for things, you do just about anything and it’s in reach through a forward bend, even if it’s up or down or under a bench. Chairs, desks, cupboards, keyboard heights and bench tops. You name it.

And to be honest you would be crazy to construct your world to make you do back bends to reach for things!

What we really need is an antidote to constant forward-bending & shoulder-rounding.

Well … H E L L O O O YOGA!

A well-designed class is actually a great balance of back AND forward bends. But the lion’s share of your time in the room will be doing backbends.

You may not know this. I certainly didn’t. The debilitating pain from herniated and so-called slipped discs is actually mostly caused by FORWARD bends. At least it gets worse with forward bends. In fact back bending could be YOUR way of treating it without having to resort to surgery.

And now for some well-placed logic..

Your spine WANTS to bend and has the CAPABILITY to bend in all directions (which we will loosely label as forward, back, left and right). So practicing backbends will actually counter the forward movements that we can’t help doing almost every waking moment (and even some of our sleeping ones)!

You can click for more: – http://goo.gl/YHRkbt OR http://goo.gl/aHLuDS

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Sattvic Living: Cultivating Daily Devotional and Self Care Rituals

Sattva Yoga Academy, Rishikesh

Cultivating daily rituals is an important part of living a conscious life. It is something we discuss and practice in great depth during Sattva Yoga Teachers Training and Immersions. These rituals include devotional and self care rituals. Daily meditation is a time where we open ourselves to receive grace as we are deepening in our spiritual connection, transcending and experiencing spaciousness and expansion of consciousness. During this sacred time we often times make contact with a deep state of gratitude that can only be experienced through the heart, and cannot be explained or comprehended by the mind. When we carry this state of gratitude into our day, we experience life in its brilliance. Each morning at The Sattva Retreat we rise just before the sun peeks through the mountaintops and gather with Anand Mehrotra, the founder of Sattva Yoga, at the river for our morning Sadhana. It is my favorite time of day. Hearing the sounds of running water, the bells of the donkeys as they pass by and various species of birds chirping while meditating brings forth an experience of true bliss and graciousness.

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In addition to daily meditation and devotional rituals, self-care rituals are equally necessary as our bodies serve as vessels, a home for the soul, for the divine to work through us. Therefore, It is so important to nourish our bodies, fostering a healthy environment physically, which begins from within so that we are able to carry out our dharma to our highest potentiality.

Here in India Ayurveda is a way of living, it means life science and is an ancient healing system dating back 1,000’s of years. As the sister science of yoga, the goal of Ayurveda is to align the body with the natural rhythms of nature as much as possible. Because in reality we are nature, nothing separates us from the tree, the ocean or the sky than matter itself. So aligning our bodies with nature¹s cycles is the key in creating balance and living our most abundant life… one full of vitality!

Ayurvedic principles suggest performing morning self care rituals in support of bringing the mind and body into a state of harmony. I have been practicing these rituals for quite some time and oftentimes recommend them to individuals who are seeking a more balanced lifestyle. If you at times feel ungrounded or out of balance, try this simple routine for 40 days to experience deeper alignment and vitality. We are lucky here at The Sattva Retreat to have a full- service Ayurvedic spa, where I love getting treatments when I feel my body needs a “re-charge”. However, this routine is easy for you to do at home or when you are traveling..

Morning routine:

Rise: with the sun or between the hours of 5 and 6am. Wakeup with nature and this is the most sattvic time of the day. Sattva means peace, stillness,
quiet. After 7:30 am rajas kick in. Rajas are movement and energy, (think traffic begins, people are outside moving, and sounds become loud) our minds
automatically align to that part of nature. By spending the first hours of our day in a peaceful state of consciousness we are open to receive, happier and clearer throughout the day. Wash your face, brush your teeth and scrape your tongue upon rising.

Meditate: Sitin lotus positionor on a chair in a quiet spaceand meditates for at least 30.minutes.This is sacred time for your soul. After you meditate light some candles, do some chanting, listen to soft music…anything to set a devotional mood, or Bhava, for your day.

Movement: Do at least 10 minutes of Asana, Pranayama or Kriyas to activate the Prana (life energy) in the body. It also will ground you into your body before you begin moving through the day. Oftentimes when we wake up in the morning we are not 100% in our bodies because we are transitioning from dream into a waking state.

Oil massage: Give yourself a massage with sesame oil, rubbing it on the body in circular motions beginning at the neck and shoulders. After waiting for 5 minutes, enjoy a nourishing shower connecting to the element of water. The oil calms the nervous system as well as removes excess vata (energy, air element within us, which causes mind chatter). You will feel more clear in your consciousness and calm all day.

Drink Hot water with lemon: Do this before eating or drinking coffee,
this alkalizes the body as well as gets the digestive system moving along.

Food: Food is Prana, life energy therefore we must be conscious of what we put in our mouths as it is our fuel. Alive, nourishing, colorful Sattvic foods from nature versus processed foods. If you ask your body what it needs it always will tell you. Just listen…Eat intuitively, balancing your meals with cooked vegetables and whole grains.

Throughout your day remember to take moments, or as I call them “sacred pauses” to connect with nature. Go outside breathe in some fresh air, filling the body with new prana. Nature always provides connection, serenity and healing. It is a space where I oftentimes find that the “answers” I am seeking are revealed.

It is my hope that after reading this you are inspired to incorporate these rituals in support of your wellbeing, leading you to experience a more conscious, abundant way of living, bringing you into deeper alignment with your true nature…sat chit ananda!

Annemarie

Sources : Sattva Yoga Academy Rishikesh Blog and Expperiance.