2. Get a new perspective with an inversion. Inversions are excellent ways to shift your perspective and help you focus on your bodily sensations, rather than your spinning head. If you don't have a personal inversion practice yet (or if you're on your moon time) try the legs up the wall pose. Here's how:
- Sit with your right hip closely facing a wall. Lower your back down alongside the wall and turn your feet up in the air. Use your hands and arms for support.
- Spin around so your legs can come up the wall and your torso turns away from the wall. (Use your elbows to lift your buttocks up and move your hips near the wall if you've slid out.)
- Place your feet face straight up in the air and place your arms relaxed by your side or up above your head. Stay for 20 breaths. After, you have the option to move your arms and open up different parts of your shoulders, or let the soles of your feet turn in toward each other and let the knees open out to the sides. This is baddha konasana.
- Stay in your next variation up to 10 minutes, but for at least 20 breaths. Your drishti, or gaze, is up to the ceiling.
- To come out, bend your knees into your chest and roll over to your right side. Stay here for another 10-20 breaths and then gently use your hands to push yourself up to sitting.
2 star anise
1/2 cinnamon stick
2 cardamom seeds
2 black pepper corns
A bit of fresh grated ginger
Boil all the spices in 1½ cups of water for about 5 minutes. Add 1½ cups of milk of your choice (from an Ayurvedic perspective organic, raw, whole milk is best) and bring to a simmer again. Serve with a bit of honey added at the end (never cook honey as it becomes toxic) for a warming effect, maple syrup for a more cooling effect. Enjoy in your favorite place before you move into the evening with a clearer mind.