By Lisa Akesson
We all know the feeling after a long day at work. Whether you work sitting at a desk or with physical labor, the mind as well as the body is affected. Your thoughts are spinning, and it can seem impossible to sit down and meditate to quiet the mind. There are many techniques you can use, but here are a few of my favorite routines.
1. Take a conscious walk. Gentle movement in nature does wonders. Feel every step you take.
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:
3. Breathe. Breathing exercises are powerful tools to calm your mind. Breathing long and conscious breaths is a great way to get there. Let your hands lie relaxed on your knees, palms face up. Spend a few minutes focusing on your breath and bodily sensations. Where in your body can you feel the breath?
4. Have a cup of calming chai. I have a tendency to start snacking when I get home. Sometimes it’s because there are yet a few hours until dinner, or I simply feel like eating because I'm tired and need energy. This delicious chai tea is simple to make once you have all the spices at home.
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.