I have been doing a bit of pranayama and meditation before bed. Rising and drinking warm tea before my feet hit the floor. The one change of drinking something warm to hot as I arise is a Life Changer itself! Both physically and energetically it stokes my life fire and starts my fires burning for the day. As the warmth spreads from the physical plane to the spiritual and emotional, I am filled with positive energy and a look-foward-ness to the day.
I have modified my asana-pranayama-meditation routine to include some techniques I learned or was reminded of in Rishikesh by my wonderful yoga teachers, Vivek and Sanjay. Vivek reminds students to have a "smiley face" and begins and ends his classes with 11-21 OM chants. He reminds us at the end of this chanting periods to "Feel OM" and that "OM clears negative energy". As I chant OM to open and close my practice, I repeat the thought: "I am clearing negative energy. I am opening to positive energy." After asana, I did pranayama: khapalabhati, bhastrika, and nadi shodanham. Then I meditated on Saraswati, goddess of wisdom: "I honour my inner wisdom".
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