I don’t think I know anybody with a more active mind than mine… or maybe I do… my mother! Seriously, even if a creative mind is good in my line of work, I do wish sometimes I could find the “turn off” button. Yes, even a yoga teacher! So whenever I see my monkey mind getting wild this is what I do.
- Find structure. Waking up at the same time everyday, finding a morning routine (cleansing, yoga, breakfast) that will set the mood of the day helps me center and focus and actually get things done.
- Feel, observe and slow down the breath. It is common sense that you cannot be feeling grounded and breathe like you’re being chased by a bear, yet we often forget to use the breath as a powerful tool to alter the state of the mind. A practice as simple as sitting, observing and smoothing out the breath does wonders.
- Warm oil massage. Use a warming & grounding oil (like sesame) to feel nurtured and loved. Make sure you reach the entire body (spending extra time on the feet and the toes) and use slow, calm & soothing movements.
- And for an extra treat, take a warm bath after your self-massage!