Enliven the hips, belly, neck, and upper chest by letting the conscious breath linger in those areas of your body. In Day 5, we explore engaging the bandhas, or energy locks, of the body through pranayama techniques and focused mindful movements. Engaging the bandhas gives us lift, support, and better posture, and helps us be more awake and clear in our minds. We close in a seated gratitude meditation.
Your Self Care Homework Challenge for Day 5:In Ayurveda, transition seasons like Fall may make us more vulnerable to catching colds. In addition to the practices you have been building for yourself, consider a reset of your diet, and have a day where all you eat is kitchari, a traditional, warming, whole-protein dish that is easy to make and digest.
Please see Melina’s Fall seasonal wellness blog for more Ayurveda self-care practices, as well as her very own kitchari recipe!