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  1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up. Your body loses water while you sleep, so you’re naturally dehydrated in the morning. A glass of water when you wake helps start your day fresh. When do you drink your first glass of water each day?
  2. Define your top 3. Every morning ask, “What are the top three most important tasks that I will complete today?” He prioritizes his day accordingly and doesn’t sleep until the Top 3 are complete. What’s your “Top 3” today?
  3. Move and sweat daily. Regular movement keeps us healthy and alert. It boosts energy and mood, and relieves stress. Most mornings I strength train, do yoga, or ride my bike. How will you sweat today?
  4. Express gratitude. Gratitude fosters happiness, keep a gratitude journal. Every morning, write out at least five things your thankful for. In times of stress, pause and reflect on 10 things your grateful for. What are you grateful for today?
  5. The 50/10 Rule. Solo-task and do more faster by working in 50/10 increments. Use a timer to work for 50 minutes on only one important task with 10 minute breaks in between. Spend 10 minutes getting away from your desk, going outside, calling friends, meditating, or grabbing a glass of water. What’s your most important task for the next 50 minutes?
  6. Reflect daily. Bring closure to your day through 10 minutes of reflection. “What went well?” and “What needs improvement?” So… what went well today? How can you do more of it?

A Simple Quest

What do I have to do to be comfortable in this body as it ages? It would seem that bodies need a balance of strength, flexibility, and stamina. Of this sacred trifecta a few things to consider. Which is of most importance? If I am lacking in one, what must I do to improve?

If I tend to ignore what's lacking, and work on what comes easy this only makes the imbalances deeper.

Training

I’ve been talking with some of my elders. Guys 10 or 20 years older. I’ve wanted to believe that yoga was the thing that was going to save me. When I look at folks who do different things, they do better at yoga and life in general. My cross training includes strength training, yoga, swimming, pilates, and riding my bike. I walk places too.

Structural Integration

The combination of those two words describe Dr. Rolf’s work in a nut shell. Structural has to do with a body. Integration is how all the parts work and come together as a whole. I do this bodywork.

Yoga

Good yoga teachers go to great lengths to describe what’s possible in the postures and practice. Yoga is a work/release program. Work in particular ways, release in others. We are looking to be free from the bondage of ignorance. Our only enemy is that we don’t know who we truly are.

In the early years Mr. Iyengar didn’t want to be called guru-ji. Nor did he want to call what he did ‘Iyengar Yoga’. To him it was just yoga. He was Mr. Iyengar teaching what he found in his practice. He cultivated a magnificent practice, and at the same time, an effective means to teach. While at it’s very essence it is ‘Iyengar Yoga’, for it is born out of his practice. The asana and pranayama are the real essence of the practice. Leave the rest.