I didn’t need another person telling me to ‘ground’, meditate, think positively, practice mellow yoga, rest, nor shroud myself in self-love. I already knew the psycho-somatic-spiritual perspective; I live and breath it…teach it!… for crying out loud. When enlisting the help of professionals when it dawned on me earlier this year that I felt just-not-myself despite my mind-body practices, Dr. Emily at Roots Natural Medicine was a breath of fresh air.
Of course, the above contribute to healing. However, I needed a Natural Doctor opposite to my air-y, head in the clouds at times, stoked on teaching and practicing mellow + vinyasa flow yoga-self. A fire-y Cross Fitter with two feet on solid ground, she approached my situation from her practical perspective. She immediately suspected adrenal fatigue, a lingering mononucleosis-ish virus, perhaps picked up from my travels, and a gluten/dairy intolerance. Dr. E ordered labs, and prescribed the following:
High doses of Astralagus herb, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A to treat the virus (yuck).
An RX to keep up the grain- and dairy-free Wild Woman ways of eating.
…and the most recent RX to stimulate immunity and balanced energy?
Five minutes of, in Dr. E’s verbage, “balls to the wall” cardio within ten minutes of waking.
I call my new rx,
Bursts, when performed within ten minutes of waking, I repeat,
fire up your metabolism,
and trigger the body’s healing mechanisms.
Only five minutes. Ten if you’re in the flow.
So grab a jump rope, drop down for push ups, sprint around the yard, try plyometric squat jumps, and dance with flailing limbs. Oh, and make a high-energy playlist.
My playlist includes upbeat yoga jams, M. Ward’s “Chinese Translation”, Lady Antebellum’s “We Owned the Night”, Florence and the Machine’s “Shake it Off”, Nashville’s “Telescope”, Crosby Stills Nash + Young’s “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”, The Givers “Up Up Up”…
I love the way bursts makes me feel. Moving first thing in the AM gives me a chance to check in with myself before taking on the world: “Hello me! How am I doing today?”. I’ve even adopted these little cardio-dance parties at any low-energy points throughout the day.
Bonus? Mental focus + ripped abs.
Try it out. Only five minutes that get your day off to a clear, energized, and balanced start.
Follow with another five to twenty minutes of yoga or stretching, plus a tall glass of water.
As result of totally switching gears last Fall, I have a flight credit with Hawaiian Airlines for $436.50. It expires on September 4 of this year.
Grounding myself in tadasana, mountain pose, during today’s early morning sandy stroll before a juicy-full day, I visually absorbed the pure beauty of a school of dolphins and wetsuit-clad dapper dudes alike surfing the morning glass waves.
Contemplating the thought of an upcoming trip to the islands, an unfamiliar thought crossed my typically gypsy-footed mind:
I don’t need to go anywhere right now.
I’m pretty darn content. My life is bursting with the simple pleasures that keep Beach Girl Abroad happy: family, friends, community, sharing my passions with the world through teaching yoga and writing, enough space when I need it, intellectual stimulation, daily communion with nature and it’s expansive ocean only a block away. I’d say I’m on a good path towards santosha, contentment as described in Patanjali‘s Yoga Sutras.
A warm, strong Santa Ana wind kicked up during my block-long walk home, gusts not unlike the warm Fall tradewinds that’d breezed along my skin in on Oahu, Maui, and Big Island. Ah, the perfection of a California morning like today’s. On a day like today, I don’t particularly feel like going anywhere.
Acknowledge the wounds and release them, retaining the lessons you’ve learned from them. If we transform emotional trauma into emotional awareness, we can better deal with learning to work as a group while standing in our own personal power.