Lesson From India - Create Routine to increase serenity

When I registered for the 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program at The Krishnamacharya Yoga School (KYM) in Chennai in 2017, I didn't realize just how much I'd learn. Since I had already completed 200 hours of training in the US and had been teaching for 9 years at that point, I thought I had a good understanding of yoga. Turns out I had a good understanding of āsana, but a very limited understanding of everything else yoga has to offer.

One thing I learned that has been key to cultivating Serenity in my busy life as a wife, mom, business owner, and yoga teacher, is the importance of developing a routine. I know that "routine" may sound impractical to many people, but I invite you to be open-minded and hear me out.

Yoga and Ayurveda (the Indian system of health and healing) teach about the importance of eating and sleeping at fixed times each day. Can you imagine my confusion when I was filling out the New Student paperwork at KYM and it asked if my meals, sleep, and bowel functions were "regular". What they meant was, are they on a regular schedule. Hmm, why would this be such a priority that they'd put it on their intake form?

Well, it turns out that our bodies function best with routine. If we can manage to develop a consistent sleep schedule, our quality of sleep improves, our health improves, and even our appearance improves. If we eat on a consistent schedule, our digestive system regulates and knows when to expect food and when to rest. We avoid getting hangry. We begin to understand our body better and we get a better feel for how much food it needs.

The same goes for all of our daily responsibilities. If we have a fixed time for all our regular tasks, we greatly reduce our stress and experience more Serenity.

I encourage you to sit down with your calendar and spend half an hour brainstorming and organizing your weekly schedule. You can start with baby steps - make a sleep routine and start putting it into practice. When you feel ready for the  next step, make a meals routine and start putting that into practice. Once you get the hang of those, you can start organizing more of your daily and weekly responsibilities into your routine.

As your daily habits become more routine, your body and mind are less stressed, and you'll begin to experience more Serenity.

I'd love to hear what you think about this idea, and how this exercise goes for you! If you have a minute, please shoot me a note and let me know how it goes.

All the best,

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P.S. This weekend is the start of my 4-week series, Yoga for Fibromyalgia. I'll be teaching gentle yoga postures and breathing techniques designed to calm the nervous system and reduce pain and the symptoms of Fibro. Please share this with a friend or loved one who may be interested.

Integrating Yoga Into Patients' Care Plans

Did you know that yoga is becoming increasingly “prescribed” by doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, psychologists, physical therapists, massage therapists, and other healthcare and wellness professionals? Even if they’re not calling it yoga, they often recommend breathing practices, relaxation practices, and gentle stretching to their patients and clients to help with their stress, anxiety, physical tension, aches, and pains.

Emily and I recorded a video for healthcare and wellness professionals, to give them specific guidance about how to effectively assign yoga homework to their patients and clients, who most likely have never practiced yoga and may even be skeptical about it.

The idea was to present the yoga practices in a way that feels easy and accessible so that anyone can do them and benefit from them.

Even if you’re not be a healthcare or wellness professional, I wanted to share this with you because you may know someone (or lots of someones) who you believe can benefit from a little yoga.

Believe it or not, people can be intimidated by the idea of trying yoga, and especially practicing yoga in a yoga studio. This little video can give them an introduction to how to do a simple yoga practice at home.

Even better, we created a yoga cheat sheet to print out and use at home or at the office for quick reference. These poses are so easy that they can even be practiced in the car while you’re sitting at a red light!

The downloadable cheat sheets are available here. Please note that, while the content of each of the documents is the same, the titles are customized for different patient/client scenarios. Please feel free to share printed copies, the electronic file, and/or the link to this page.

Easy Yoga to Make You Feel Awesome Easy Yoga for Tension Easy Yoga for Stress and Anxiety Easy Yoga for Relaxation


XO, Zelinda



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