Believe it or not, we're more than halfway through the 200-hour yoga teacher training. Only three more weekends to go! Although this has been one of the hardest things I think I've ever done -- mentally, spiritually and physically -- I can't imagine my life any other way. Working full time, planning for a wedding (this October!) and making such a large time commitment has had it's challenges, but hey, like they say, "nothing good in life comes easy"...right?
One of the things that I don't think I was fully prepared for going into this type of training was the physical demands it would put on my body. Before I started this training, I had a routine in which I worked out four to five times a week doing various activities such as spin, bootcamp, barre class, biking and yoga. But at most, I was doing yoga two times week.
I'm here to tell you, that when you do anything repetitively, no matter how "good" it is for you, it will wear you down over time. We start each Saturday and Sunday in the studio with a 65-minute asana practice followed by various physical activities which include practice-teaching, adjustments, inversions, forward bending backward bending and balancing postures.
By the time I get home around 6:30pm, I'm BEAT! It took me a couple of weeks to figure a routine that would help me maintain my body, my energy levels and ensure I was getting a full eight hours of sleep but here's what my regimen looks like now:
- First things, first. HYDRATE. I drink a ton of water throughout the day in my reusable Kleen Kanteen, but when I get home I add a pack of Ultima 8 oz of water and chug!
- After hydrating, I fill the bath tub full of warm water and add Dr. Teal's Lavender Epsom Salt and SOAK... for at least 20 minutes (I use my iphone and set an alarm).
- As I'm draining the water out of the tub, I turn the shower on and I EXFOLIATE using these gloves -- this gets rid of dead and dull skin cells keeping your skin looking refreshed.
- After bath time, I grab the tub of Coconut Oil and MOISTURIZE from head to toe. Slather it on the bottoms of your feet and put socks on for a few hours to lock in the oil.
- Now fully relaxed, I pop a Magnesium SUPPLEMENT. Here are several articles that talk about the benefits of having enough of this in your life -- muscle recovery, keeping PMS and anxiety at bay and ensuring shut eye are a just a few of the reasons I take it.
- After that, I put the tea kettle on and make comforting Chamomile TEA and treat myself to some DARK CHOCOLATE. Alter Eco Mint is my absolute favorite.
Take these ideas and apply them to your life as needed. You don't need to be preparing for a marathon, doing a yoga teacher training or be an overly active person to benefit from taking time out to treat yourself to a little extra attention every now and then.