I find myself trying to find a proactive way to be helpful as we heed the request to be socially responsible through self-quarentine and distancing ourselves from others during the outbreak of the coronavirus.
In my Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) at Cultivate we discussed the Kosha's, and touched on the Ayurvedic philosophy (yoga's holistic sister science of health to keep the mind, body, & spirit in balance). The first of the five Kosha's is the Annamaya Kosha which is the food sheath.
Ayurveda suggests that the first item you ingest in the morning sets the mood for the remainder of the day. I actually do my best to drink warm lemon water first thing every morning. Lemons are high in vitamin C, a natural antioxidant which enhances the immune system and has antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Lemon water instructions are pretty straight forward. First thing in the morning before you consume any other food or beverages, pour 10 ounces of warm water into a cup and squeeze the juice of a whole organic lemon and stir. More importantly, add some zest - commonly known as the lemon peel as this is where many of the beneficial compounds are found.
Warm lemon water can stimulate the gastrointestinal tract to keep things "regular" and the high minerals and vitamins help loosen toxins found in the digestive tract. I think it's important to be mindful and make a concentrated effort to drink water throughout the day to help continuously flush your system.
It's not the end all be all, but it can be a natural tactic to add to a stay healthy strategy.
While my Restorative Yoga Class at Cultivate on March 21st has been postponed, I'm absolutely thrilled that Cultivate's owner, Karyn and some of my yogi sisters will be offering FREE FB live online classes beginning this week. SO tomorrow start your morning with a warm glass of organic lemon water and followed by Karyn's, free Vinyasa Yoga Class at 9:00 am on the Cultivate Facebook Page
If you found this helpful please comment or DM me to let me know. Perhaps there are more things we can collectively share to help the community get through this difficult time together.