May 13, 2020

Build resilience to change


This time of shelther in place has given us a collective pause. And many of us are now entering a time of transition as we begin to see the world open back up. It is a time of change. 

There are questions about how we will transition back to ‘normal’ and what each of us wants that to look like. Questions about when we will be able to gather again, to see our loved ones, to touch each other. Questions about our work and if it will be there for us when this is all over. So many questions. So many uncertainties. So much change.

Notice if you are resisting these changes or building the resilience to adapt to these changes. 

There are many ways to build resilience. Today I invite you to continue on this journey of resilience through the lens of the Pancha Maya Kosha Model and look more deeply at the Pranamaya Kosha, the breath body. This is composed of the energetic systems of the body; respiration, circulation, digestion, the Chakras. Basically anything that moves through the body. 

We can build resilience in the Pranamaya Kosha through asana, pranayama, energy work, abhyanga, nutrition and creating a dinacharya. 

According to Ayurveda a dinacharya is the daily habits that bring the whole body back into alignment with the rhythms of nature. And when we are aligned with the rhythms of nature we are able to better manage our circumstances. The very basic foundation of a dinacharya and the science of Ayurveda is focused on digestion. 

Everything that we take into our senses lives in the physical body at the cellular level. That includes so much more than just the food that we eat. It includes what we watch, read, listen to. It includes the air that we breathe. It includes what we choose to put on our skin. It includes our thoughts, our emotions and all of the experiences that we have throughout the day. 

When we do not allow ourselves the appropriate time and space to digest our food, our emotions and our life experiences they become ama (anything that is undigested; food, thoughts, emotions, etc.) and lives dormant in our body. It causes a number of issues from chronic pain, difficulty sleeping, weakened immune system, infertility, auto-immune disease, anxiety, depression, etc.

It is incredibly important to allow our bodies the chance to rest and restore. This will help support the autonomic NS to find balance by taking us into the parasympathetic response so that we can not only digest our food, but our emotions and daily experiences. 

Today I wanted to focus on the digestive system and how we can use the tools of both yoga and ayurveda to support the digestive process by stoking the flame of agni that is often times represented as living at the solar plexus. Agni governs our metabolism, digestion, absorption and assimilation and its job is to turn our food into energy and bodily tissue. 

How can you improve your digestion? 

  • Drink warm water with lemon upon rising in the morning until you can eliminate fully.
  • Drink warm water throughout the day.
  • Intuitive eating. Pay attention to how the foods you choose are making you feel. Choose fresh, local foods that invite you to feel more energy, prana. 
  • Meal spacing. Limit snacking to give your body the appropriate time to digest your meals. 
  • Eat when you are hungry and stop eating when you are full. There is something called the ‘burp test’. When you have that burping sensation, even if it isn’t a full blown belch, that is your body giving you a message. If you choose to overeat we don’t give the stomach enough space to begin the digestive process. And often times it leaves us feeling lethargic. 
  • Eat your largest meal at the noon hour when your digestive fire is at its hottest and when your body produces the most bile.
  • Make your evening meal early, simple and easy to digest. Give your body time to digest your food before you hit the pillow so that your body is freed up to do what it’s meant to do overnight, cleanse and reset your systems. Attempt to eat at least 4 hours before your bedtime.
  • Move your body everyday...and move throughout your day. Set a timer to move every hour. Get up and take a walk around the block or do a short, simple asana practice.
  • Pranayama:

Give some of this a try over the next week and notice how you feel. Notice not just how your energetic body is impacted, but your muscles, tissues, joints. Notice your ability to get things done and find clarity. Notice if your levels of stress change or if you are managing your day differently. Perhaps with more patience. Notice how you are sleeping. If you want some extra support getting good sleep check out 3 Simple Tips to Better Sleep. The Koshas are interconnected. When you balance one the others will also benefit. 

Here's the truth. The world needs you right now. The world needs you to be resourced right now. 

This is why I created Align & Awaken. A deep, transformational journey that allows you to take small, simple steps to make taking care of YOU a priority. With the support of a motivated group all working together to evolve and nurture the daily habits you need to feel present, clear, easeful, energized, on purpose...even in these times. I'm here for you if you want to chat about joining me for the next cohort. Schedule a call and let's find out if I can support you. 

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