Unfolding on the Mat
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What a new world we are in.
Everything before this pandemic seems like ages ago. I'm finally returning to my weekly blog and establishing routine at home.
We are all being rocked at Chakra One (Muladhara: root support). Our feelings of safety, security, health, and abundance are on shaky ground. Our tails are drawn under in fear, as my friend Dr. Deb Kern would say.
One of the first things to do to fortify strength at your base is establish routine.
Erect a scaffold so you can build your day.
In our house, I didn't attach it to time but more of a rhythm. (The openness of time during this global pause of all activities is to be cherished, in my opinion.) When thinking of the rhythm, I keep remembering how I established routine when my kids were babies. (Thank you, Baby Whisperer!) Babies don't know time, but they have a rhythm that we can create a container for with intention.
In a New Time like this, aren't we all babies? We've never done this before!
Babies, like our nervous system, thrive in a solid container of safety. For them, it's the arms of their caregivers and the predictable home they create. For us adults, grounding comes through connection to the earth and a healthy routine. Let's see how we can apply the wisdom of the Baby Whisperer to our life today and establish a routine that will hold us so all the feelings can move through. The rhythm has an acronym: EASY
1. Rise around the same time each day, do your morning routine with breath and movement (yoga!), and EAT a healthy breakfast.
2. ACTIVITY: Do some work, chores, or home project.
3. SLEEP or Rest. The world has given us a moment to rest, take a nap, read a novel, meditate, or just stare out the window. To pass up this opportunity would be a shame! Learn the power of powering down.
4. YOUR TIME: What's that thing you always wish you had time to do? What if you allotted time each day to work on your novel, learn to paint, start knitting, or support a charity in whatever way you can right now? NOW IS THE TIME!!
And now it's time for lunch :) and the cycle begins again!
Actually, for us adults this would probably take the whole the day, since we have the attention span to do it. We just fold our meals in (at regular times!) where they make sense to us. But for those of you with small or bigger kids, you can cycle through this 2-4 times, depending on their age. (YOUR TIME is kids' nap/rest time for you to do that stuff you can't do when they're around.)
When you set up your routine and rhythm, be sure and include Tuesday/Thursday 9am Yoga on Facebook LIVE in your weekly schedule! And if you're not on Facebook, you can access the class recordings on Chakra Savvy. They should only be a day behind, if all goes well on my end.
Another friend of ours, the fabulous Renee Trudeau, shares with us her favorite self-care resources for unprecedented times. She's the guru of self-care, so I recommend you check her out!
One last thing I want you to know, which I talked about on my first Facebook LIVE class and posted to my podcast as well, is that we ourselves may be babies to this pandemic experience, but our genes are not. I recall my grandmother and great-grandmother and how the Spanish Flu of 1918 affected them--and I inherited their genes that have done this before. Which means that I, too, have done this before. I have already survived. I have within me the fortitude to persevere...and so do you!
Someone in your history has had this experience. Chakra One connects us to our roots, our ancestors. Let that give you strength!
May you be fortified in your courage by taking action through routine and remembering your connection to your ancestors.
Jessica lives, has a family, and teaches yoga in Austin, Texas.