For the past 10 years, I have worked as a Cardiac Electorphysiology Technologist. We are rhythm specialists. We create rhythms in the hearts of those without it and we have many tools to hunt down and treat problem rhythms in others. It is our job to restore balance (sinus rhythm) to the hearts of those who are suffering.
Finding balance and proper rhythm has been a passion of mine in my yoga practice and teaching. In 2016, I was introduced to the self care practices of Ayurveda by Deanne Caputo during my 300 hour teacher training program at Create Karma , and this October I will complete my training as an Ayurveda Yoga Specialist through the Himalayan Institute under the guidance of Katheryn Templeton. Ayurveda teaches us to live in rhythm with nature and nurture ourselves. This is a deep topic that takes years of study and practice to master.
A great way to start is to nurture yourself by living in rhythm with nature. Ayurvedic teachings recommend going to bed by 10 pm and being up by 6 to stay in rhythm with the energy of the day. You know that 2nd wind that you get when you're up past a certain time? That energy could be better used by letting your body "rest and digest" while you sleep. That groggy feeling when you've slept in? It is more in tune with nature to rise early and begin your day in the rhythm of your daily self care rituals (more on that in a future post).
If you have trouble getting to sleep early, you can sooth yourself by massaging your feet with oil (consider adding lavender) or focus on your breath, gradually lengthening your exhale and feeling the heaviness of your body. If you want to learn more about ayurvedic self care practices and living in rhythm with nature, find me in one of my yoga classes or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment for a private consultation.