Every morning of my life begins with practice. The practices I have been engaging for the past three decades have helped me slow down, release stress, heal my body and mind and experience my deeper nature. They have made me a better mother, a better friend, a better teacher, and a happier woman. These practices come from the wisdom traditions of yoga and Ayurveda and have been generously passed along to me by wonderful teachers, tapping into a lineage that is thousands of years old.
When I didn’t prioritize the time to attune to myself daily, I was more stressed out and edgy; anxious, and exhausted; forgetful of my deeper nature and interconnectedness with all. The care I had to offer from that space was not my best. Yogic self-care is a willingness to shift your priorities—from getting everything on your to-do list done, to putting the list aside and taking time to BE with yourself. To let the mind rest into spaciousness. To allow the body to breathe and receive.
Stepping off the wheel of "busy" for a yoga class is great, but we don’t have to settle for that alone. We can learn to step into the moment that life is offering us NOW, slow down, breathe, and remember ourselves any time. This is the fruition of the practice—bringing presence to what we are doing in every moment. One way to cultivate this capacity is to imprint yourself with presence first thing in the morning. Try starting your day with this 20-minute meditation. May it support you throughout the day.