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When we think about our roots, we think about the things that make us who we are, help us thrive, and feel connected to our truth. When we dig deep we uncover things we can’t relate to yet. When we start to bring these things into our spectrum of awareness, we slowly begin to peel back layers that expose us to new perspectives. We may feel raw at first and slowly regain our strength with time.
It is important to support our immunity during transitions. Turmeric and ginger are extraordinary roots that aid in supporting a number of ailments including colds, digestive, skin disorders, and inflammation. I love these spices and have used them in treating my acne, colds, stomach upsets and inflammatory issues since I was a child.
I believe that there is meaning behind everything especially the ancient medicinal wisdom behind spices.
Turmeric symbolizes adaptiveness and the ability to make the most of what you have. It is aptly known for its anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. In India, turmeric is used as a scrub to heal skin imperfections, a clotting aid when treating minor cuts, added to many dishes to improve digestion, and to build immunity.
Ginger is associated with all forms of prosperity. It is known for calming nausea, stomach ailments, colds, muscle pain, and joint stiffness. In India, ginger is added to tea, curries, eaten raw, and powdered for use in aromatherapy and skincare.
Many yoga students will find that eating a clean diet according to their ayurvedic health profile (dosha) greatly improves their energy levels. Incorporating spices is like adding vitamins to your diet and supplements these nutritional, health and fitness goals. Since many factors contribute to individual inflammation, finding the appropriate exercise routine is also important to finding relief from the symptoms.
This week try adding some turmeric and ginger into your daily routine to support your immunity. You don’t need much, just a dash of turmeric per day and few slices of ginger to boost your energy and maintain it.
Yoga Routine to Connect to Our Roots
Sit in a comfortable seated position. Take 3 rounds of deep cleansing breaths.
Transition to table and complete 10 rounds of Cat/Cow.
Inhale and push yourself back to Downward Facing Dog.
Walk up to the front of your mat, Forward Fold.
Roll up to Mountain. Take 3 rounds of deep cleansing breaths.
Inhale, reach your fingers to the sky and bring palms together at the top. Exhale hands down through heart-center and all the way down to the mat, Forward Fold.
Step back to Plank. Sink all the way to the mat.
Transition to Cobra.
Exhale. Downward Facing Dog.
Walk up to the front of the mat. Forward Fold.
Roll up one-vertebrae at at a time. Mountain.
Repeat steps 5 through 11 two more times.
Take 3 cleansing breaths.
Practice Tree Pose.
Savasana with 15-20 minute Yoga Nidra
Sit in a comfortable seated position. Complete alternate nostril breath, by alternating closing each nostril with the thumb and ring finger as you breath in through one nostril and exhale through the opposite nostril.
Complete 10 rounds of alternate nostril breathing.
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