How To Start Preparing Now:
1. "Take a Deep Breath! It's All Good." When life throws you a test or a moment of greatness just remind yourself, All is Temporary and All is Well, these outside fluctuations are a way of testing how steady we are. This yoga practice will help.
2. "Ask yourself, 'What is it that I want?'" Yoga is designed to best accommodate and support You on Your personal wellness journey. Setting your intention and checking in with your body is a wonderful practice, just by simply taking a moment to pause and ask the question, the answer becomes available.
3. Start waking up a little earlier if you don't already. As soon as you rise, or before breakfast or your hot morning beverage invite some gentle movement into your body. This can be as simple as "shaking" and "tapping" all the parts of the body. These practices, shaking and tapping, stimulate the various muscles, organs and acupressure centers in the body, encourage healthy circulation and will leave you buzzing with fresh new energy for the morning. It's like your own private dance party, Give it a shot!
4. Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach, or around two hours after a meal. Following this simple advice greatly increases the benefits of the practice. During sleep you begin detoxing and healing the body, and the brain goes through a deep rinse cycle, following that up with a morning yoga practice will work wonders in your life. If you choose to, or are able to, go without food first thing in the morning the body doesn't need to expend energy on digestion and can further focus on strengthening and healing during the yoga practice. **If you do need to eat something before you practice yoga, start with a hot cup of tea, peppermint, tulsi, or lemon ginger are all very easy on the body and digestive system. If you'd like something else to take the edge off, try a piece of fruit, some yogurt, or a hot cereal like cream of wheat or millet.
5. Always drink water. Staying hydrated will help you always in all ways! You can drink water before, during and after practice.
6. Just Do It! If you're brand new and don't know where to begin, go with the Sun Salutations. You can find a dozen different varieties online, with pictures, videos and an endless supply of information! (Stay posted for a Sun Salutation blog in the future!) This well rounded practice acts as a general tonic for the whole body, it's great for supporting a healthy back, and positively affects the digestive and immune system functions. It can be practiced slowly for a more grounded feeling or quickly for stimulating effects.
Questions? Just Ask!
Blessings of Peace and Love,
OM OM OM
Bryan J. Nupp, RYT 200