A few years ago, an unconventional word made the shortlist of Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year…. “hygge.” Pronounced “hoo-gah,” it’s a Danish term meaning “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.”
In Helen Russell’s best-selling book, “The Year of Living Danishly,” she explains that hygge is “taking pleasure in the presence of gentle, soothing things.” Imagine how you feel when you drink a freshly-steeped cup of tea, or put on a pair of warm, fluffy socks by the fireside. That’s hygge.
Autumn is the perfect time to add some hygge to your life with warm blankets fresh from the dryer after a cold-weather hike, or spending time with your family in a relaxed atmosphere.
Here are 5 of my hygge morning rituals that help me feel more relaxed, connected, and harmonized….
• An energizing stretch that allows me to get the energy and fluids moving in my body and wake up the brain. Try my stretching routine above.
• A cup of warming tea that uses an Ayurvedic formula including turmeric, cardamom, black pepper and ginger.
• A barefoot walk that gives me an overall full-body sensation… especially with the cool Autumn grass.
Join me in today’s 8-min slow and sensual calming stretch to restore and rejuvenate your body and mind…