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Yoga Girl Daily - April 21st 2020

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Healing, Self-Love, Tune-In Tuesday, Growth

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

Do you feel unmotivated? Sluggish? Are you having a hard time getting yourself off the couch?

What could be holding you back is a lack of connection to your body. Are you forcing yourself to do something you don’t actually need?

In today’s episode, Rachel shares how to check in with yourself and become present enough to know exactly what your body is craving.

Some days we need to rest and move slowly. Other days, we need to get off the couch - and we can only do that if it’s coming from the right place.

What day are you having today? Tune in to let go of any guilt and connect to what is true for you.


[00:36] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily and happy Tuesday, you guys! Welcome to our Tune-In Tuesday practice, our tuning in practice of this week, so time for us to contemplate a specific topic and practice a little bit of self-inquiry and perhaps if after this episode you want to journal on this to go deeper or if you'd like to share with a friend on this topic, please do. I don't know where you are at in this moment, but I'm getting dangerously close to the 40-day mark of this pandemic, of this lockdown for me. And I am finding it increasingly challenging to stay motivated to move my body. I feel really low right now, over the past couple of days I felt like, Oh, I just want to melt into a blob on the couch. And what I'm finding is it's been really, really helpful is not so much this idea of, Hey, you've got to move every day.

[01:38] Hey, you got to eat healthy food. Hey, you gotta, you gotta, you gotta. These ideas that we want to impose on ourselves as things that we have to do every day to make it through, right? But instead turning that around a little bit, making sure that I am present with my body every day. That is the more important place to be. So making sure that I'm tuning in with my body every day, that I'm having that time to check in. Hey, how are you doing? What does it feel to be here right now? And then from that place of just consciously being present in my body, then I find motivation to move or to eat something that isn't a bag of chips, which is what I've been eating a lot over these past couple of days. So, I would love to do that practice with you in this moment here, now. Just giving ourselves a little check-in. So how about we just close the eyes. Let's place our hands to the body, so anywhere where you intuitively want to let your hands rest. Taking a deep full breath all the way down into the lower belly.

[02:46] Open the mouth and exhale it out. So our inquiry for today is this very simple but very important question. How am I feeling in my body right now? How am I feeling in my body right now?

[03:12] Let's take a moment just to check in. What does it feel like to be here in this body in this moment in time? When I do that little check in, I can sense a bit of heaviness in my body today. I can also sense that I've spent a few days being fairly judgmental toward my body. I haven't been in a super loving and accepting place the past couple of days. And I can sense how that resonates as tension inside. So how about you? How are you feeling in your body right now and really looking for the truth of that answer. What is this energy that you can sense in the body and what does your body crave? What does your body need? And some days our bodies need to rest. Some days our bodies need to move slowly and gently and calmly through our day. Some days our bodies want to move. Some days our bodies want to remember what it feels like to be really alive. Some days our bodies want to sweat and dance and shake and jump. And some days our bodies want to be totally still. Take a moment just to feel in, what is true for you today? How about how you are nourishing your body? Are you drinking enough water? Are you balancing your pandemic diet with something that nourishes you from the inside?

[04:48] Take a moment, without judgment, without being hard on yourself, without going about this and this idea that you have to do better or like something is wrong because nothing is wrong with your body. There's nothing wrong with your body. Your body is the way your body is supposed to be right now. All is well. But just checking in, is there something that you can gift your body today and maybe even the ability to do this practice again tomorrow and then listen and act accordingly again. What does your body need today? If you feel like your body actually needs to move, then get up and move. If you feel like you need a change in what you're eating today or how you're drinking today, please do. And if your body needs to rest, you rest. Let's take another breath into whatever rings true to us. Open the mouth and exhale it out.

[05:58] And as you blink your eyes open immediately as this podcast finishes, give yourself a moment to really meet this need that your body has today. If it's with movement, or rest, or drinking extra water. or eating something nourishing, listening to the body and giving your body what it needs. Thank you so much for tuning in with me today. Yoga Girl Daily will be back tomorrow.

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