Day #7 of our mandatory isolation following our trip to Ontario
I have always believed in routine and structure, always.,when my children were little we always had special routines to keep everyone organized and I guess I have always followed a routine and I feel I benefit from that in many ways, even more so right now.
I am going to post my morning routine as a picture journal to share with you. This is my personal routine, for me, it comes before others get up and I start my routines of making breakfast, sharing time with my family in person and over the phone or FaceTime….
I have done a lot of thinking this past week. With the necessity of travelling to another province during a global pandemic, it has given me a lot of time to think, a lot of perspective from other people and from watching as our country manages such a huge crisis.
I realized that it would be challenging for my family to manage this essential travel experience, that we would face the judgement of others as we travel across two provinces with high numbers of covid 19 and face our extreme efforts to stay safe through this travel.
This experience has taught me that so much of what happens in our lives is beyond our control, but even then, we are faced with choices that we have to make and sometimes those choices can be uncomfortable and difficult and sometimes even the most difficult decisions may still be the right ones.
I made the very difficult decision to take my family and travel across three provinces at the height of a global pandemic because it was the ONLY right choice. In my heart, I know that this was the ONLY choice. I know I have a large group of people who surround me and my family with support and with love and prayers and that through that love our path was made much lighter and we felt as they held safe space for us as we made this trip. Through that love and those prayers, the path of circumstances of this trip was made clear and we felt shielded by the amazing faith and support that surrounded us.
As we face this difficult time together we should remember to lift each other up, remember that a kind word of encouragement and support can make all the difference to someone who may be struggling. I am hoping that I can offer some light to all of you in this time of darkness. I have felt the difference this can make, my family felt the power of this through this trip, don’t underestimate the power of prayer, the power of positive thoughts and the power of connection.
Like that old saying “Reach out and touch someone today!” Of course we can’t physically touch someone right now with a hug or a physical shoulder to cry on but we can feel touched in so many ways!
A big thank you to those who were that support for us on this journey.
So today I think everyone should think about getting outside…. maybe just in your yard if you are quarantine or out walking, while keeping social distancing measures of course!
Here is a little fun challenge for outside🦚🌲🎄🌴🌿🍃🌱🌷
Grab a skipping rope and try skipping , if you want to make it real exercise: skip 20 skips pause 10 seconds x 8 reps ⭐️
See if you can spot one squirrel or chipmunk (you can take a picture and post in comments if you like !)
Listen to see if you can hear any sounds of birds
See any geese or ducks ?
If you have some sidewalk chalk: go write an inspiring message at the end of your driveway for other walkers to read 😃 This is one of my favourite things to do in the spring!
Got any bubbles ? Go, take them outside and blow some !!! Or if you don’t have any, make some – here is a recipe :
6 cups water
1/2 cup blue Dawn dish soap
1/2 cup corn starch
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp Glycerine if you have some
Maybe sit outside for a 5-10 minute mindfulness session and just close your eyes and listen
Try a walking/counting Meditation: count each step 1-10, then start at 2-10, 3-10 and so on and then start over once you get to 10 🌱 This is a great way to clear your mind, you can’t really think about other things while keeping count!
Go outside and have some fun!!!!
Take good care of yourselves!!! Love & Light to you all ✨💛✨💛✨
While we are burdened with so much stress in the world right now we need to find some balance and some peace.
Deep breaths are vitally important right now, long deep breaths, in through the nose and out through the nose. Repeat mindful breathing for a few minutes, just focusing on the breath, the sensations of the breath, the sound of your breath….. each time a thought comes to mind, acknowledge and let it pass, give yourself permission to just breathe…..
My favourite restorative posture is legs up the wall.you could practice this posture each evening before bed.
Set the mood…. dim the lights, play some music. My favourite is the Loka Samastah sukhino bhavantu chant, this version is beautiful and 7 minutes long so would give you a nice amount of time for legs up the wall .
Sit your hip beside the wall and as you lay your back down, swing your legs up the wall. Support your head with a small cushion and let your hands rest to the sides with palms facing the sky. 💛 you can keep your legs straight or if that’s too much stretch for your hamstrings for 7 minutes, switch it up…. open the legs wide, bend the knees with feet on the wall or bring the soles of the feet together and open the knees in bound angle pose….. relax….. breathe, and enjoy. Peace.
So today my post is kinda late….. I have been keeping myself busy planning videos for my yoga students and Facebook page (The happy lemon yoga Shala). Also watching the news as I prepare for a family journey to Ontario next week. It is stressful to say the least.
So my thoughts today are to put a little fitness challenge out here for tomorrow. My intention is to go outside for a brisk walk and also to do a HiiT workout. (As well as my yoga practice and my meditation practice- which is what I’m finding most helpful right now!)
So I would like to challenge each of you to do something a little more energetic than usual today. Get your heart pumping!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
So if you would like to do a little high intensity interval training….. to keep it simple, you could go for a brisk walk and try jogging or running for two telephone poles lengths and walk for one. Repeat this 4 to 8 times depending on what your energy level feels like. Or dig out a skipping rope and go out in your driveway and skip for 30 seconds and rest 30 seconds repeat 4 times. These are just a couple easy suggestions if you would like to start there.
So this message is a fitness challenge, you decide what you challenge yourself to! If you would like to post about it in my comments, I would love to read what you challenge yourself to do !
I think a lot about boosting my immune system and my family’s immune systems at the best of times. So at times like this…. even more.
I’ve never been one to believe in using antibacterial soap in my home, I feel we use enough antibacterial products in other ways that washing my hands properly with a good soap is enough on a regular basis, I stick to that. However I am a fan of Lysol antibacterial wipes and cleaner for wiping surfaces and cleaning my kitchen and bathroom. During this time I keep a small baggie off wipes in my purse and put one in my Pocket if I go to a store, use it to open doors or touch anything while in the store, including money. We did have some extra if anyone needs a little baggie with a few Lysol wipes, hit me up 😊
Things I do on a regular basis to boost my immune system :
Drink smoothies ( here’s my fave). Orange juice or pineapple juice. Scoop Greek yogurt. 1/2 frozen banana, scoop frozen blueberries, handful frozen Haskap berries, handful fresh spinach, 1 heaping tsp spiralina, 1 tbsp omega oil. ( sometimes I add a little coconut water)
My breakfast. Harvest crunch cereal with 1 tbsp flax seed meal, 1/2 tbsp hemp hearts, fresh berries or banana, almond milk
Fresh squeezed juice 2 oranges, 2 lemons, 2 carrots, large beet or 2 small beets, 3 inches ginger root, 1 tumeric root, 2 apples, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp bee pollen, 1/2 tsp ground tumeric I mix all this once juiced and shake well to get the powders mixed in and drink it in shots ( literally a shot glass) throughout day. This juice does two people 2 days in shots through the day.
I Drink hi-antioxidant green tea ( which NEWSFLASH * I will be offering high quality loose leaf tea again this summer at The Happy Lemon Yoga Shala! And for those of you who don’t know…. I’m a certified Tea Master! Yup, it’s true, I took a 7 month online course over Skype around 10 years ago 😊
Right now I am buying my ginger green tea and rooibos tea from the Red Satsy in Moncton, they offer high quality loose leaf tea in bulk there!
I do still have elderberry elixir I made a couple years ago and I use it in my tea to boost my immune system
Vitamin C & D daily
Fresh air, exercise, meditation and yoga!!!! This keeps your immune system strong by lowering stress and cortisol and also by keeping the adrenal gland healthy and not over burdened. Do NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF exercise, yoga, nature & meditation!!!!!!!!!🙏
Get lots of quality sleep. I’m lacking a bit here right now, with the mind working so hard during the day and I will be honest I usually NEVER, EVER watch the news, EVER!!!! And like the rest of the world, the news has invaded my life, so that’s new for me to manage. I am ready to set some boundaries around the news but…. my family has an EXTREMELY IMPORTANT & ESSENTIAL trip to Ontario on March 23rd, so I have no choice but to watch the news and be informed about the situation at this point.
Whew! So there it is…… lots of fruits & Vegas too! I get those in my smoothies & juices mostly right now!
Stay healthy friends! Sending you all light & love ✨💛
Let me know how you boost your immune system in the comments or maybe leave behind your favourite smoothie or juice recipe! ❤️
There are many reasons why we feel the need for protection, and many ways we can protect ourselves.
Some things we seek protection for: when travelling to stay safe, from the negative energy and attitudes of others, protection from sickness or harm, protection from the negativity of world news, protection from the criticism and harsh judgments of others. We seek protection for these things among others.
Smudging Saje or palo santo is one of my go-to ways to protect myself from negative energy. I smudge my BoHo Shala (my bedroom) and my yoga Shala (yoga studio) every day.
The Aad Guray Nameh chant is a beautiful way to offer yourself protection.
The Aad Guray Nameh chant:
Aad Guray Nameh Jugaad Guray Nameh Sat Guray Nameh Siri Guru Dayvay Nameh
Translation: I bow to the Primal Wisdom. I bow to the Wisdom through the Ages. I bow to the True Wisdom. I bow to the great, unseen Wisdom
More Information: from Spirit Voyage :
“This is a mantra of protection and is recited to invoke the protective energy of the universe. “
“Many people chant this mantra when they need extra protection. It is part of the “triple mantra”, and is often spoken before driving a car to create a protective energy around the those in the car.
When you cannot be protected, this mantra shall protect you. When things stop, and won’t move, this makes them move in your direction.”- Yogi Bhajan
I also like to use crystals for protection. Malachite is a nice one to protect yourself from the negative energies of other people.
Praying to Archangel Michael , Saint Michael is a beautiful protector especially when travelling. We can ask protection from Archangel Michael and his guardian angels whenever needed.
Many people use the Young Living essential oil blend Thieves as a protection against illness. This is a beautiful blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus & Rosemary available from Young Living. I love this blend in the diffuser, they also have a whole line of cleaning products with Thieves,
I love the blend White Angelica as a protection blend of essential oils.
At this difficult time of fear and isolation I am practicing prayer & meditation as protection…..and of course…. a few Lysol wipes lol💛✨😃🍋
In light & love ✨💛
May you all be healthy, happy, safe & free 💛Namaste
The coronavirus has certainly been the talk of the day. Opening our inboxes to find email after email about the measures being taken. The news is all about how many cases there are today and what can we do to prevent the spread.
One Recommendation: social distancing
This is what scares me most. In a time where people are already so disconnected, our youth are on their phones and social media more than they are with their friends. Anxiety in a world full of fear has people becoming more and more disconnected all the time. Now….with the fear of the mass spreading of the coronavirus, many cities, states, provinces have recommended social distancing. Even Starbucks has sent out an email stating that when necessary there will be limited seating inside their cafes to help with social distancing, recommending more ordering online and picking up in store and discouraging the social aspect of “having coffee”. Understandable.
Yoga events such as Wanderlust festivals have been cancelled for the year. Kripalu institute has been closed for 6 weeks. This brings me such sadness. At a time when the world needs more connection we are being forced to disconnect. Understandable, given the circumstances.
Yoga is about connection. Connecting mind and body; body and breath; people to people in community. As we look down at our phones and less into the faces of our loved ones, we slowly become more and more disconnected.
Online yoga classes, virtual courses, workshops and events open up a world of possibility, yes. Also, opens up a world of disconnection to people.
What can we do to strengthen connection to people, to our communities now, when the world is experiencing a state of disconnection ? How will we heal ourselves, as a community, and as a world, when this scare is behind us? What can we do to strengthen connection to our loved ones and friends?
I wish you all good health and peace of mind during this time, and always. I wish you all the love and companionship to fulfill your needs. I wish you all the ability to stay connected to your people during this time.