So, after a year of feeling unsettled and unhappy in Wishaw, Chris and I are finally on the move. We have found a gorgeous 3-bedroom detached bungalow in the even more gorgeous town of Biggar.
This is a lovely rural town in South Lanarkshire which is much closer to Chris’s work and works out at a shorter commute for me to Edinburgh for my Yoga Teacher Training. It reminds me of Moira or Hillsborough (that’s for my Northern Irish readers!) in that it is full of independent shops, including a BOOKSHOP! It also has world-famous ice cream so I am in heaven!
However, as often happens when people are uprooting their lives, I’ve been feeling very ungrounded. For me this manifests with being completely focused on my mind and ignoring my body. I’ve been making plans and changing utilities and living in the future while ignoring the present. So, I’ve been eating junk food and drinking Coke to keep my energy levels high enough to allow me to get all our wordly goods packed up. Unfortunately this diet makes me feel even more ungrounded.
Therefore, I decided to use some of my Ayurvedic knowledge to help me feel more “present” in the moment and to help me cope with the move. I have talked about Ayurveda before – it is the sister science to yoga which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatments, and yogic breathing to help bring that balance.
A favourite ayurvedic trick of mine is dry body brushing. I do this every day before my shower. It is quick yet really effective. Yoga Journal tells us:
On a physical level, daily light exfoliation can stimulate the skin, eliminate toxins more efficiently, and remove dead cells. It also helps clear the mind, according to Janet Wright, author of Ayurvedic Beauty. “In modern Western terms, we might call this a symbolic cleansing, or note that mindfully carrying out a physical process, like body care, can have a meditative effect,” she says. Simply put, the benefits are more than skin deep.
I then follow this up with oiling my body and I will talk about this next week. I’m also trying to replace the Coke with Yogi Teas (which I bought at the OM Yoga Show last weekend) and which are energizing in the morning, soothing in the afternoon and calming in the evening. Another ayurvedic tool I’m using right now is Brahmari or bee breathing which is a simple humming breath that clears the sinuses and calms the mind by creating a healing vibration that grounds me. I just do between 5 and 10 breaths before bed and it helps me to drift off to a relaxed sleep so I can do it all again the next day!
Why not give one of these tips a try and let me know how you get on by email or through the Facebook goup?