5 INSANELY SIMPLE WAYS TO RELAX

IS IT ME, OR WAS DECEMBER ON A HELLA OF A LOT OF CAFFEINE THIS YEAR?

I mean, it really flew (like the last housewives of NY season). Am I right? 

Anyway, I recently brought up the subject with my local students my input on "how we desperately need to calm the eff down". I mean driving and walking around during the holidays can legit make you crazy town. The whole kindness and compassion to one another mindset can easily get lost in the gallons of eggnog we're ingesting.

By the way, I'm full of holiday cheer, but I also have my own inner elf limits before the desire to flip the bird {yeah that's right} arises from my manipura {aka: core} chakra. Yoga jokes people.  

Now, of course, in an ideal universe, getting to a yoga class can literally pause the "holiday hustle" button.

But we can't always get to a class.

And so, I created this post for you to help you find and/or create some inner peace. {p.s. sitting on the couch eating cookies and watching "the voice" or a lifetime original movie isn't realllllly relaxation}. Though the cookies might give you temporary inner peace. Guilty, right here!

Moving on...

5 INSANELY SIMPLE WAYS TO RELAX

1. Do a mini restorative yoga sequence.

I'm a huge fan of mini's - especially since the reality of life includes "limited me time." So I highly recommend doing this one pose, for like 10 minutes up to 20 {stop, drop and put your legs up the wall}.

BONUS: Listen to this playlist on spotify that I created {prepare for a drool worthy relaxation sesh}. 

2. Get yourself into a tub. Take a bath, yup. 

Fill your tub up with water that's as hot as you can tolerate {clearly don't burn your skin off}. Then add 2 cups of epsom salts. My fav addition is to add an essential oil like lavender or serenity. Then dunk yourself in and relax for 20 uninterrupted minutes. I promise, this works. I felt chilled out like never before after my first epsom soak. Warning, don't fall asleep in the tub but wrinkly wet skin is a sign you were in there long enough.

3. Download my "sanity in seven" breathing technique. 

Click big yellow button below. Got 7 minutes? Cause we should all have at least 7 minutes, if you don't we really need to talk. 

4. Try this soothing tea or ayurvedic concotion "ojas" to sip on at night.

ANTI-ANXIETY TEA

Place ingredients in a medium saucepan with 4 cups filtered water, bring to a boil for 5 minutes, and then steep for 2-5 minutes.  Always add the lemon while the tea is steeping. Strain into a teapot or thermos.

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • ½ teaspoon coriander seeds

  • ½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger

  • squeeze lemon juice

  • (to taste) raw organic sugar, such as sucanat


OJAS DRINK: {IT'S LIKE SIPPING ON A MUG OF CALM}. 

  •  Take 10 raw almonds

  • ½ cup filtered water

  • ½ cup coconut milk (or regular milk/almond) 

  • 1 pinch cardamom powder

  • 1 pinch cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ghee

Soak almonds in water overnight or for at least 1 hour.

Peel off the skins.

Heat the milk in a saucepan until warm, add cardamom and 1 teaspoon ghee. Blend with other ingredients in blender. Enjoy!

5. Do An 11 Minute Mini Yoga Practice

With me! Watch the video now.