Each day is a puzzle piece to your life as a whole.

Make the puzzle vibrant, stand-out and memorable.  Fill each day with meaning and purpose.

Set up each day to align with your purpose.  Make your mornings sacred and for you.

How you start your day, can truly set up your mind, body and emotional state for the rest of the day, making each one lead to that meaningful life you set out for.  Start it with intention and live to the fullest.  Create daily rituals that fill you up.

It starts by creating space for you.  To connect in.  To charge and fuel up for the day.  So if your household is full, and energized first thing in the morning, take time to prioritize YOU before the rest of the house awakes.  Go to bed a bit earlier (shut off all devices, and create space at night to get to sleep a little earlier), so you can wake an hour before the rest of the house.  Let this time be YOUR sacred time – for you and no one else.  Indulge and devour this silent time for you.  And let it set you up for the day – so you can bring YOUR best to your work, family and overall life.

Cleanse the body with warm lemon water to kick start your internal engine.  This helps to flush the digestive system and rehydrate the body.  Wait at least 30-60 minutes before eating or drinking anything after this.

Continue with your daily rituals and let the water move through the entire system.  This helps your body absorb the vitamins from the lemon to support your immune system.  By cleaning from the inside out, your biggest organ will thank you – your skin, feeling and looking healthy, glowing and smooth!

Move!  Get the body and endorphins moving quickly in the morning, to elevate your mood first thing and set your day up right.  Do whatever works best for you.  Ride a bike, go for a run, roll out the yoga mat and do a few sun salutations, watch an at home workout video…  do something to move the body for a minimum of 20 minutes.  Release endorphins which will send a signal to the brain to feel positive and good all day!  Your morning movement ritual is the best time to get the endorphins moving.  If you prefer a longer workout, keep that in your schedule for when it works best.

Chose the right physical practice that works for you.  Movement is important, and it should be enjoyed!  Explore new classes offered near you to expand your options and experiences.  Join our free Living Well Without Borders Private Facebook Group – where Karen hosts weekly live hatha flow classes each Saturday, and a restorative/yin class every last Sunday of the month.  Join for the live classes, and catch the recorded videos as often as you like!

Cleanse the body with your normal routine, including brushing teeth, tongue scraping and shower.

After your shower, indulge with an Ayurvedic self-massage (Abhyangha)

The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much, even if subjected to accidental injuries or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts, and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age.— Charaka Samhita: Sutrasthana: V: 88-89

This self-massage offers great benefits, and is recommended to be done daily to support your immune system and decrease aging.

The “king of oils” is sesame oil – good for all body types.  Make sure to use unrefined, cold-pressed (un-toasted), and that it is warm and not rancid.

  • Start by massaging the scalp in clock-wise circular motions (8x)
  • Move down to the face – from forehead, around eyes, cheeks, lips, chin – using finger tips and downward motions (8x, around each area)
  • Use palms to massage neck and throat, in downward motions (8x)
  • Around breasts, in clockwise circles (8x)
  • Around the belly, start at the top right (below breasts), motion to the left, down (below belly button), and across to the right (moving in the line of the big intestines) – do not close the loop, as the intestines are not in a circle!  (8x)
  • Long downward motions for each leg (8x), and around hip, knee and ankle in clock-wise circular motions (8x)
  • Long strokes along feet, and through each toe (8x)
  • Long downward motions for each arm (8x), and around should, elbow and wrist in clock-wise circular motions (8x)
  • Long strokes along hands, and through each finger (8x)
  • (if you can reach along the back – downward motions – 8x)

Take your time and enjoy.  Touch is an important sense to tap into daily.  Offer self-love and compassion and slow it down!

Let the oil set into your body, while you take some quiet time to reflect.

Whether its a short mindful meditation, breathing practice, or journaling – take some time to quiet the outside world, and come into your own space.  This will help you to enhance your awareness, and manage stress and anxiety throughout the day.  Journaling is a great to way to set intentions for the day/week, and expresses a gentle reminder for the little things in life to be grateful for.

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