Waking up in the morning doesn’t have to be full of aches, pains, and negative feelings. The Ninja Science Academy has 4 rituals you can do every morning to feel loose, awake, calm, and ready to take on the day with light and love. From joint lubrication to sound healing, give one or all of these a try today.
<p>Joey Thurman:<br />I'm really stressed out, I don't know about you. I'm about to do some morning rituals, and you can do as well as part of Ninja Science Academy. Ugh, let's relax. I'm tight. I'm stiff. I'm stressed. Let's go.<br /><br />Shivani Rhea:<br />We start our mornings off doing these four things that really help us to get our day going, and we wanted to share this with the community. Joint lubrication, stretching, breathwork, sound healing, and last thing we do is vocal warmups. So with joint lubrication, so when we relax and when we're sleeping, the fluids in our body, they're still. And so when we wake up, it's important to get the fluids in our body to start moving, because if it stays still, then becomes solid. And you'll notice parts of your body is not fluid like water. So the reason behind that, is because we're not lubricating our joints.<br /><br />Shivani Rhea:<br />Because our breath is both voluntary and involuntary, that is one thing that you can control and at the same time, it builds that bridge between the involuntary muscles, and then also the voluntary muscles. So your breath can help you get through the cold, and through the hot, and it's proven scientifically, all of this. So you can get through your emotions through your breath. Sound healing is to help you with concentration. So concentration is the step before meditating.<br /><br />Garret Rhea:<br />The sound healing is designed to put you in a state of mind of healing and to kind of help you focus on yourself. It's so hard to relax today. Even sometimes when I'm doing sound healing for people, I need to personally relax my mind. When those bowls are making the sound that they do and vibrating together, they create frequencies in the air that actually interact. And sometimes, the bowl hits one ear with one frequency and you get a different frequency in the other ear, and they have to mix inside your brain. And so this is almost causing you to do a task for yourself unconsciously, and if you are able to really relax your conscious mind, your subconscious starts putting pieces together for you, almost like doing a puzzle. So you get to relax and still have your brain and body doing a puzzle for you that leaves you better off when it's finished.<br /><br />Shivani Rhea:<br />Okay, I did feel that, because I was laying down and the bowls were really close to my head and it just felt like this emotional experience. And I didn't know what to expect, but I knew that I was allowing myself to have something happen. But it was really great. It felt amazing.<br /><br />Garret Rhea:<br />Well, the nice thing about the sound healing and the vocal work is you're showing up for yourself, just like the yoga. And the reason that yoga is so valuable, one of the reasons that yoga is so valuable is you find yourself able to try something and fail in a situation where failure is not only permissible, but the punishment for failure is not high. If you get in a car accident, the punishment for that failure is very high. And your learning curve may be high, but the risk that you've incurred is high. Here in yoga and sound healing and vocal warmups, you're able to watch yourself learn, and watch yourself fail, and watch yourself grow, and heal in a position of safety. That's one of the nicest things about doing these rising rituals, is because you're warming up your voice, you're putting your brain right where it's supposed to be, and you're doing it before you even start your day.<br /><br />Garret Rhea:<br />Before you've had a chance to get derailed and knocked off your path. The vocal warmup specifically, because whereas the sound healing is laying prone and relaxing and receiving, which is hard enough. Giving yourself permission to relax is hard, so that practice is valuable. When you are really singing and beginning to feel the vibrations coming from your vocal chords and setting in different parts of your body, you are working. You're doing work for yourself. You're giving yourself permission to take the time to learn to sing and to start your day on the right foot. And there is nothing like good momentum. You can have all the intentions in the world, but if you do not have momentum, you're sitting still.<br /><br />Joey Thurman:<br />Well, that's it for Ninja Science Academy. Let's go get the day, huh?<br /><br />Garret Rhea:<br />Right.<br /><br />Joey Thurman:<br />Cheers, man.</p>