gratitude practices

Practicing gratitude reduces stress by channeling focused attention towards positive affects, naturally increasing dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain.

Bring ceremony to cooking and feeding to decrease cortisol levels. Less stress translates to more energy for digestion and relationship.

Simply pay attention to detail while cooking. Acknowledge and celebrate the origins of ingredients as well as the various culinary techniques and traditions applied during meal preparation.

Pause before a meal to consider the exchange of energy. Give thanks to the foods in addition to the pathways of nourishment, both internal and external.

self care rituals

Make your daily and weekly self care practices sacred by bringing to them a strong sense of presence, awareness and clarity of intention. Allow enough space and time that these rituals unfold with ease into an observation of self love.

Ritual and intention promote a calm presence and sense of direction which supports the letting go of stress (or the letting go of the need to control which leads to stress).

Add self care techniques to your daily routine. Anything from hot baths and skin exfoliation to more specifically tailored Ayurvedic self healing, meditation and movement practices.

 

Here are a few go to Ayurvedic self care techniques  

-Tongue scraping  

Milk the tongue of build up with a stainless steel tongue cleaner.

Work from the base of tongue to the tip 7x in the morning before taking water.

-Dry skin brushing 

Exfoliate the skin with a dry brush, working in small circular motions from the periphery towards the center of the body.

-Oil massage

Put massage oil in a small container (one may choose to seek the advice of a trained Ayurvedic practitioner to help determine the type of oil that best suits) and place that container of oil into a mug of warm water to heat the oil to body temperature.

After dry skin brushing, massage oil into the skin, using long strokes along the limbs and circular strokes at the joints. On the abdominal region, begin massaging oil near the right hip up to the ribs, then transverse above the navel to the left and down towards the left hip. Follow with a steam or a warm shower.

a simple meditation to explore

Observe the level of tension or stress in the head and body.  

Place the right index finger on the left nasal bone and right thumb on the right nasal bone so that the the index finger on thumb are on either side of the bridge of the nose. Place left hand behind the head on the occiput at the base of the skull. Close eyes and gently send energy or awareness from the right hand, through the skull, to the left hand. Continue for several minutes breathing normally.

Relax arms and hands. Allow eyes to gradually open and observe the state of body mind, sense organs and quality of perception.