This Vedic routine is a beautiful way to start each morning, adding to the benefits of meditation and making you feel fresh, connected and full of creativity for the day. Do what you can fit into your current schedule, starting piece by piece till it becomes a habit. Radical change can cause more stress then good, so integrate this routine part by part. It might look like a lot but trust me, it doesn’t take long. And damn do you feel good when you do it.
RISE WITH THE SUN (Vata time is 2am - 6am)
Waking just before the sun rises allows you to take the light, fresh and creative energy of the VATA dosha with you throughout the day. It is an hour of stillness and purity. Rest a few moments before you arise thinking positive and happy thoughts for the day.
CLEAN YOUR TONGUE
Scraping your tongue each morning removes toxins that have accumulated in the body over night from undigested food or experiences. Try it out and see what you scrape off… you’ll never not scrape again. Tongue scrapers can be bought here.
CLEANSE WITH A DRINK
Drink a full glass of warm water with lemon (ginger optional), wait 5-10mins then go to the bathroom to cleanse the insides of your body. The more you do this routine, the easier a morning evacuation will become.
Daily Abhyanga massage is a powerful self-healing Ayurvedic modality. It connects you to your body, facilitates in the removal of toxins, enlivens your senses and creates flow and movement. If you don’t have time for a whole body massage (usually takes about 10-20min) simply focus on your belly for 5 minutes. Massage is such a great way to become aware of your own body and how you’re feeling so that during the day you make more self-aware decisions that are really going to be of benefit rather than living solely from your mind. Belly massage video here and more videos on the incredible Damian Hagglund’s website here.
Water purification is a daily ritual in India, and although you might not be able to dip into the Holy Ganges each day, having a morning shower will do the trick. Feeling cleansed and purified you are fresh and ready to start your morning meditation program.
YOGA ASANA (10-30min)
Starting the day with some simple yoga asanas is highly beneficial. You don’t have to attend a yoga class, or push out a 90min hot yoga session to be ‘doing yoga’ and gaining its benefits. It’s actually more beneficial if you are calm, relaxed and doing yoga as if you were ‘swimming in a warm ocean watching the sun rise with a smile on your face.’ Start with a few repetitions of the Sun Salutation (facing the sun), or any other gentle yoga asana sequence you have been taught. It’s the morning and the body may be slightly stiff, so take it easy, be kind and caring to yourself and allow the energy in your body to flow.
PRANAYAMA BREATHING (2-5min)
Pranayama breathing techniques help in purifying the subtle bodies and bring coherence to your brain. There are a wide variety of breathing techniques; ask your yoga or meditation teacher to suggest a technique that will benefit you in calming the body and mind before you dive into meditation.
Doing yoga asana and pranayama prepares your body and mind to transcend in meditation. When we meditate we have no expectations, no preferences for a certain experience and no preconceived ideas of what is going to happen. We let go, surrender to the moment and go with the flow of natures intelligence. It’s all about easy and effortless repetition of the mantra and a nonchalant attitude to thoughts. If you need any help with your practice get in contact with your teacher or email me here.
Nourish your cleansed body with a beautiful meal. Eat a medium sized breakfast (lunch should be your biggest meal) or if you’re not that hungry have a blended drink. Eat with the seasons, with your body type and with what FEELS good. Trust your intuition and listen to what your body wants - that’s why we do this morning routine and why we meditate! It’s all about connecting to your innate sense of wisdom. Eat something that tastes amazing, that pleases all your senses and will give you energy for the day.
WASH HANDS AND BRUSH TEETH
Hygiene is important. You’ve cleansed your body in the shower, mind in meditation, and now we clean our hands and teeth after a delicious breakfast.
DRESS WITH CARE
Dress yourself and allow your style to be an expression of your truest self. Colour is a powerful tool in reflecting and altering your mood so pay attention to how you clothe yourself. Be comfortable and confident and allow fashion to be a tool of self expression.
DIGESTIVE WALK (20min)
Walk briskly for about 20 minutes or so after you’ve had breakfast to aid in digestion and stimulate the release of good endorphins throughout the body. In Ayurveda, when you are exercising your heart rate should increase but not to the point that you wouldn’t be able to have a conversation with the person next to you. Be easy, be calm and allow your senses to absorb the incredible world around you as you briskly walk around your suburb, to the train station or wherever you need to be next.
The FBI launched an investigation Tuesday into the death of a man who was beaten by authorities amid questions over whether officials tampered with cellphone videos confiscated from witnesses.
Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said he asked the FBI to get involved after learning that one of two phones seized from witnesses had no footage on it.
Two witnesses told The Times that they watched the videos on each of the phones last week in the wake of David Silva’s death. The case is generating widespread attention because several witnesses have come forward to say deputies ruthlessly beat Silva with batons on the head, even after he was motionless on the ground.
i think maybe it’s something we share, us immigrants, us children of immigrants, those of us thrown into diaspora, scattered across countries and continents with names we still struggle to pronounce, further from the heartland than our parents ever dreamed we’d end up. we spend so…
African-American students at USC are accusing the LAPD of racial profiling after dozens of officers responded to a noise complaint at a party wearing riot gear.
Many of the students present at the party circulated videos of what they viewed as racial profiling by the LAPD.
In response to the outcry, an LAPD spokesperson says the department only responded in riot gear after beer bottles were thrown at them. Students attending the party say beer bottles were never thrown at officers.
The LAPD spokesman told USC’s student newspaper that police responded to a noise complaint at around 2AM Saturday and asked the DJ to turn down the music. The DJ reportedly complied with the officer’s request but when he began to use the microphone, officers shut down the party. Officers say some students refused to leave the party and began throwing beer bottles and that’s what prompted a call the riot squad.
Six students were arrested in the melee.
“When police arrived and told us to disperse, most students were leaving. But they came with excessive force pushing all of us out,” student Nate Howard told ABC News.
Lamar Gary, a student who was at the party, can be heard narrating video he took of the party and put on YouTube: “I want you to witness … LAPD right now. We were having fun at a college party. No one had a gun, it was straight up college students. IDs were checked at this party. No one had a gun. And there are 79 LAPD officers right now. I want you to realize there are 79 LAPD officers right now.”
Something I’d like to point out, unrelated to the content of the story - if this had been a different group of people (i.e. not African-American) then the newspaper wouldn’t use the word “accuses.” Headlines would read “Racial profiling at Party” and the article would talk about everything matter-of-fact as if it were obvious that racial profiling had taken place and the tone of the article would imply that the riot gear was a wrong move. However, because the subject of the article is a group of black kids, the media likes to act as if they don’t have an opinion - an accusation is being made, but it’s “unclear” as to what really happened. I’m sure that this is the end of this story in the media. Even if it were discovered that racial profiling was really happening in this case, that story wouldn’t get any coverage.
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“Women complain that life’s rough for them and then men complain it’s rough for them, too. Heads nod amid a collective sigh of relief at once more avoiding honest talk about privilege. Sometimes it’s women who save the day by hastening to point out that for every female who is disadvantaged, men suffer some ill effect of their own. But no matter who does it, the typical result is a dead end or a conversation that focuses more on men’s woes than women’s, taking attention from patriarchy and male privilege and reinforcing male centeredness. In this way, even when the subject is privilege and oppression, somehow the path of least resistance is to turn the conversation toward focusing on and taking care of men.”—Allan G. Johnson, The Gender Knot (via wretchedoftheearth)
hollywood sure has an easy time finding brown and black people to play terrorists, thugs, drug dealers, gangsters, servants, “barbarians”, hypersexualized or desexualized caricatures but all of a sudden you need a lead role and
gosh where did they go i swear we put them here right after zero dark thirty??
Memphis-based photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero has long been aware of strangers making fun of her behind her back due to her size. So aware, in fact, that she has turned the whole concept into a full-blown photography project. Titled Wait Watchers, the series consists of Morris-Cafiero’s self-portraits in public in which strangers can be seen in the background giving her strange looks and/or laughing.
The project was born when Morris-Cafiero was working on a separate project titled Something to Weigh. For one of the photos in that project, she snapped a self-portrait while sitting on some steps in Times Square.
After processing the film, she noticed that there was a man behind her making a face at her while being photographed by a female friend:
She noticed something similar in a photograph captured just five minutes later at a different location.
Morris-Cafiero then began setting up her camera in heavily trafficked public areas, composing the shots, setting a self-timer, and then stepping into the frame. The camera snaps a photo while she’s doing everything things (e.g. chatting on her phone or grabbing a bite to eat), and her hope is that the image also captures an interesting expression from at least one passing stranger.
I now reverse the gaze and record their reactions to me while I perform mundane tasks in public spaces. I seek out spaces that are visually interesting and geographically diverse. I try to place myself in compositions that contain feminine icons or advertisements. Otherwise, I position myself and the camera in a pool of people…and wait [#]
The images capture the gazer in a microsecond moment where they, for unknowable reasons, have a look on their face that questions my presence. Whether they are questioning my position in front of the lens or questioning my body size, the gazer appears to be visually troubled that I am in front of them [#]
People have always claimed that I “don’t look African” so growing up I was never ridiculed or teased for my African roots. But my supposed deceiving appearance did not shield me from the insulting questions and reactions I received upon informing people of my Nigerian heritage and African…