Good morning world! So excited to be sharing my day today with the HCI Tribe! This is my “See… I’m just like all of you” face. I wake up frazzle-ma-dazzled, hair disheveled and a hot mess most mornings ? I love that I get to wake up and start my day at whatever speed feels right, rather than punching a clock, serving someone else’s dream each morning. I always start my day with warm lemon water and a journal. I take about 10 minutes to download my thoughts, give gratitude, and unload everything that is taking up precious space in my mind. Anything goes; it’s just a “Divine Dump,” as I call it, so that I can head to my alter and start my meditation practice with a clear mind. I do this most mornings still in my PJ’s, and I find it has become one of my non-negotiables. My day is so much smoother, I get more accomplished, I’m less stressed, and just happier overall when I make my morning routine a priority. I encourage my clients to do this, and even those who don’t have a formal mediation practice find value in using this practice to release the mind chatter before taking on the day. I’m blessed to live in Southern California, so I LOVE to get my sweat on outdoors as much as possible. I used to teach Barre Fitness classes, and still think it’s one of the best workouts for sexy thighs, so I often incorporate some of the postures into my beach-side stair days. Although most people assume I’m a fitness fanatic, I get by most weeks with just a 10-15 minute HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) workout at home 3x a week. I believe it’s a misconception that you must do rigorous daily training for hours at a time to have the body you want. I certainly put effort in every day with my food choices and I’m active in general, but working out doesn’t have to run your life, and burst training is really time-efficient and effective. Wanna feel this chair-pose burn for yourself?
- Step 1 – Simply pull your belly up to the barre/rail/countertop that can hold your bodyweight. Grip can be over or under the barre, whichever feels better to you. Elbows at your sides.
- Step 2 – Lift heels high and sit back, like you are sitting in a chair. Keep wrists in line with shoulders, shoulders over hips, knees over ankles. Keep a flat back and sit up tall. If you have ankle issues, just keep your feet flat.
- Step 3 – There are several options, but one series is simply to hold this position as low as you can, keeping your thighs parallel with the ground, and do the following: