Notes on daily rituals that empower and nurture. Ideas on how to apply structure, colour and purpose to long days inside:)
Treat your hair
Rinse hair with warm water and ceremoniously apply a deep conditioner by dividing the hair in smaller sections and gently massaging the entire length from root to ends and then twisting till your entire head is covered. Put a plastic cap on and leave in for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes take the cap off and shampoo and condition as usual.
The entire day your head will emanate a beautiful smell around you which will promote calm and a sense of well-being.
Tone, detox and balance with yoga
Setting a regular time for yoga practice at home provides structure and a sense of purpose. A minimum of 20 minutes daily benefits the respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems directly leaving you feeling energised yet calm, positive and content.
You can mix it up to provide a bit more variety. Some days you can move more vigorously holding poses for no more than five breathes, continuously moving with the breath from one posture to the next in a very precise sequence (Asthanga Vinyasa). Other days, you can choose the poses you want to work on, stay in them for longer (10-20 breathes) focusing on correct alignment with the aid of props (Iyengar).
Early in the morning the body is more stiff so requires a higher degree of motivation but it does set you up for the day and feels great afterwards. In the afternoon your body will be naturally more capable. The whole experience will be rewarding and joyful with less effort.
Try both and see what feels better when.
Ensure you hydrate before and afterwards and not during your practice.
The Pranayanna Youtube Channel is a collection of short videos with exercises and yoga sequences that can be practiced on a mat, against a wall or a chair.
Is aimed at all levels and abilities promoting health and vitality.
1:1 instruction can be booked online and is currently only available via Zoom.
A bespoke program can be created to address your specific needs and aspirations which you can then take away home and practice in your own pace.
Surround yourself with flowers
The whole ritual of going to your favourite florist or visiting a flower market selecting the textures, colours, shapes and smells that best fit the mood of the day or the week is a profoundly healing and meditative practice in its own right.
If you have your own garden what a treasure to go out and admire them or bring some of the magic back inside.