Love Letter to Ayurveda
by Leigh Rowan, Executive Assistant at AyurYogaSpa
This morning, I woke up at the crack of dawn (not even…more like 4:15am!) to join Gina in her early morning routine. I have been a late night person all of my life, and I usually rise between 7 and 8am. So this was a BIG deal for me to be up before the sun. We attended a 6am Hot Yoga Vinyasa class at Balance Yoga, and I felt heavenly afterward, as I knew I would. But I also knew that I would crash at some point this afternoon from the lack of sleep. So, after learning from Gina for several years now about Ayurveda, I looked at my day and promised myself I would leave room for self care to ensure that I would make it through until bedtime.
As expected, I hit a massive wall around 2pm, and thought I was going to fall asleep, face first, onto my computer’s keyboard! Wow was I absolutely exhausted. With a little resistance from my hard-worker, over-achiever brain, I excused myself from my work for about twenty minutes to practice some Yoga Nidra (guided, deep relaxation). I have discovered a great app for it on my iPhone (the link for this app is at the end of this post) so I can practice anywhere, anytime…even in my car (parked of course!) It is said that fifteen minutes of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to a two hour nap, so what better time for it then when I desperately need a nap but have no time for one?
Twenty minutes later, I rose from my peaceful ‘slumber’, opened the curtains to let lots of light in (Ayurveda would call this Sight Therapy), and turned on some jammin’ Michael Franti music (Ayurveda would call this Sound Therapy). And Voila! I am impressively no longer tired and really do feel as if I took a two hour nap. And it only took me twenty minutes. This stuff is POWERFUL medicine, folks!
You see, 5 years ago, I would have felt that wave of tiredness hit me, and then I would have immediately been on a mission to hunt down some cups or cans of extreme caffeine. And then I would be wide awake (if just briefly) but also a jacked up, jittery mess. That is all I knew how to do, though. Now I am discovering different, even more potent tools to aid me in my daily life. Ayurveda (and Gina) are two of the most beautiful blessings I have ever received .<3
I will take the prescriptions of Ayurveda (fun music, yoga nidra, and sunshine, among thousands of others) ANY day over my old habits. The effectiveness of such seemingly simple techniques continues to amaze me….day after day :)
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