It’s almost been an entire decade since my first yoga teacher training. That’s a long time in my book! Of course, I don’t practice everything I learning during that training daily. Yet, there are quite a few things that I keep in my morning routine from my one month yoga immersion, years and years ago.
“Dasha Chalana” is the sanskrit name, meaning the ten churnings. This is something I do every single morning when I wake up. The “churnings” refer to churning or rolling the joints to increase or maintain softness and mobility of the joints. I have woke up in the morning feeling stiff and tight and after these movements, my body feels more fluid and flexible. These rotations get the synovial fluid moving in the joints. This fluid is a viscous, egg white-like substance that provides lubrication. How do you fix squeaky door hinges? The hinges need lubrication! Our joints are the same. Fortunately, we don’t need to buy anything from home depot to do this. Just wake up in the morning, and get moving.
This video is a quick demo of how to get the synovial fluid moving in the joints, and it’s not going to look exactly the same when you move your body. When you roll, and move and flow, your body is going to move differently than mine. That being said, make these movements your own by going at your own pace, and taking more time if something feels good, and adjusting if it doesn’t!
Give this practice a few days and notice if you’re feeling more freedom and ease in your body. Be sure to subscribe to The Pure Way and follow me if you’re ready to feel even better and live a life that honors the sacred temple, that is your one and only body.