The past few months have been a whirlwind to say the least...
As I reach the end of my resting week after surgery and this whole journey begins to circle around, I feel inspired to share this story of pain, expectations, misinformation surrender and healing. This is how I live my practice when off the mat.
In late November, my family planned a trip to the island of Kaua'i to celebrate an early holiday. At the time, I was dedicated to a really awesome and safe 5-day workout plan and was trying to get one last, hard and quick workout in before being away from the gym for over a week.
This was after meeting with a client the morning with needs for shoulder work. It was shoulder day at the gym and dips (a pretty iffy exercise when done carelessly) were prescribed after a morning of deeeeeeep shoulder opening. A relatively 'short' 15 hours later, we arrived on the Garden Island.
While I could write for pages about out trip and the fun we had, I'd rather save your time and show it in photos at the bottom of this post.
Long story short, the second day we were there, my partner and I went for a long, beautiful run on Powerline Trail. This was a pretty mellow trail but definitely had me gasping for air by the end of it! But besides feeling like my lungs were about to collapse, I felt like my arm was going to fall off!!
During the rest of our trip, I noticed pain and a decreasing range of motion and decided to make a doctor appointment when I made it back to the mainland.
According to ancient Ayurvedic medicine as well as modern doctors and psychologists, healthy morning rituals are good for one's brain and body as well as an important key to a happier and less stressful life. In my studies of Ayurvedic Medicine and general wellness mixed with much trial and experimenting in my own life, I have compiled a list of 5 Morning Rituals that I do every day and have immensely helped me.
If you're like me, you usually like to hit the snooze button umpteen times and feel groggy when you finally rise. Then before you know it you're running late for the whole day and didn't even get your second cup of coffee in! While this still happens in my life occasionally, these habits have helped me to cut way down on those days. I also have experienced weight loss, more energy, reduced cravings, higher levels of happiness, better sleep the following night, and being on time for appointments and work.
Here we go...
This September offered an experience of a lifetime as I journeyed to Kaua'i, Hawaii with Manifestation Media for the first annual ALOHA Yoga and Peace Festival where TLooP and I offered a musical Prana Vinyasa class for attendees on Sunday morning at 10 AM. Not knowing what kind of journey I was setting off for, I packed my bags and set off for the airport on the preceding Thursday afternoon to embark on a 12 hour travel to the Garden Island.