The most magnetic and influential practice as a Yoga Teacher or avid student is Embodiment we are currently bombarded with what we should, shouldn’t be doing in terms of wellness as well as being bombarded with trainings, learnings and always pushed into up-skilling. This can be scattering and especially disturbing to natural energies.
One thing that I notice in myself and other teachers (especially the more successful you become) is that time for personal practice goes out the window. It is essential that you engage with your physical body most days and that you practice physically what you are teaching. Some days for me this looks like only getting onto the mat for a 45 minute evening Yin practice. Anything is better than nothing.
Embodiment will not only make you magnetic but it is sadly a point of difference for your business also.
If you want to be a successful teacher, a progressing student you MUST actually, physically dedicate time to embodying these practices. That means touching base with the Yamas and Niyamas daily, beginning to sense and make subtle changes according to the doshas in your environment, your physical vessel and your mind (yes they are separate entities). The most traditional and time tested way to become more embodied and therefore, more magnetic is through a Dinacharya or daily routine. This routine does adapt with the season as is referred to as Ritucharya when it is seasonally specific.
Dinacharya means daily routine and it traditionally consists of a specific set of rituals and exercises, it would also sit under the Niyama of Tapas. We do the same thing every day at least in the morning as it calms the nervous system and quells negative thinking - which we will discuss more later - just know that routine is the second most healing thing we can work on (only second to food). Daily routine specifically works to quell rajas and therefore cultivate more Sattva, as a method of practices is will generally lower vata imbalance which most people in the western world are dealing with.
The traditional Dinacharya (and what I do) would look something like this:
Tongue scrape with copper scraper
Drink a glass of room temperature Tamra Jal (filtered water that’s sat in a copper vessel overnight and ideally aerated with sunshine)
Put on ginger tea to sip on throughout the practices
Nasya practice (not while menstruating)
Oil pull 20-30 minutes - using black sesame oil
Salt water gargle
Mantra meditation 22 minutes twice daily or more
Pranayama - breathwork, Nadi Shodhana is the best starting point
Asana - yoga movement, a perfect way to start sensing into the flows that you wrote in the prior module.
Svadhyaya - journalling (on the yamas and niyamas is perfect)
Chanting, japa or mantra practice - for devotion
Incense or using scents to quell the doshas (get in touch for a one-on-one consultation if you’d like to no more about working with the senses for balance in this way)
Garshana - or full body dry brushing, grapefruit essential oil is a great accompaniment to this practice to further stimulate lymphatic movement
Abhyanga - full body self-massage with warm organic black sesame oil or herbal medicated oil (not while menstruating)
Walk in nature (with your dog would be ideal)
Begin your day
* Yes this is a lot and yes I get up at 5am and do this by candlelight to support healthy mitochondria and circadian rhythm.
* you can source organic, black sesame oil from most good health food stores or Indian grocers otherwise get in touch with me for the real deal or book in for a session with me to get an oil that is specifically medicated for you. As mentioned in the welcome email I do also offer an Ayurvedic cleanse for Australia and New Zealand which includes consultation, tongue scraper and organic oil.
Your svadhyaya exercise for this module and beyond the course is to begin to undertake a daily routine and dinacharya - pick and choose from the list above what is most important and possible in your current lifestyle and schedule.
(A note - Abhyanga is the most important always!)
If you would like to embody Ayurvedic principles more deeply in your life and you’re interested in Ayurvedic diet, nutrition and nourishment please get in touch to book a one-on-one consultation that will provide you with the most beneficial and individualized information.
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