I just returned from an amazing girls weekend for a yoga workshop in Victoria. It was a blissful time filled with nourishing food (here and here), progressive yoga, and deep and meaningful conversation. I went with two of my students who had completed my Align and Thrive course so we were all in sync with our daily habits.
We started the day with hot water and lemon which inevitably led to a conversation about poop (yes, we talk about poop and just about everything else in Align and Thrive. And if you're wondering, hot water in the morning helps stimulate bowel movements), we did a morning breathing practice and meditation together and then made green smoothies before we went off to yoga class.
It struck me that this was not how I used to spend time with my friends. If I reflect on girls weekends I had been on in the past, it was often a time of overeating rich and indulgent food, drinking too much alcohol, and staying up too late.
At the time I would have thought that abiding by healthier habits might have been less fun and entertaining but I couldn’t have been more wrong. The weekend was lovely and I felt amazing and energized – even after 4 hours of vigorous physical activity daily.
My new way of being has become my new normal. Before it was normal for me to overindulge and then feel bloated and disgusting (it still happens once in a blue moon) and it was normal for me to have 2-3 drinks at night and wake up feeling less than steller. It was normal for me to be completely dependent on my morning coffee to get me going for the day and feel two steps behind.
As I've incorporated the daily habits of dina charya – the daily routine based on Ayurveda, my life has changed in more ways than I can could have ever conceived. I feel in control of my habits, I crave things that are healthy and I deeply honor and respect my body. I take care of myself and know what I need to do to feel my best.
I'm so passionate about the power of our daily routine that I've dedicated my work to sharing and teaching this process. It's been so transformative for me and my students and I want to spread the word as far and wide as I can reach.