A Day in the life of Lee Tracey.
The very first thing I do in the morning as I wake up is say thank you. I find having a gratitude practice when you wake up sets your mind set and intention for the day and can colour your whole experience of that day. I get up, wash my face and have a cup of lemon water. I then begin my Yoga practice which usually lasts for approximately an hour to an hour and a half. This includes meditation, breathing exercises (pranayama) and yoga asana (physical postures). Some mornings I may practice by myself at home, others I can take a class depending on my schedule. My home Yoga practice changes daily depending on how my body is feeling and my energy levels but in general my morning practice is a rounded practice working and waking up each joint and muscle of the body. I usually start with the Jivamukti magic 10 sequence (which I will explain in a further post!) and then move into a flow.
After this practice I have my breakfast which usually consists of porridge topped with dried berries and nuts and rice milk. It’s warming and hearty and delicious. I always try to practice Yoga either on an empty stomach or not having eaten for at least 2 hours. This helps the energy or prana to rise and also insures that you don’t feel queasy!
As a Yoga teacher my schedule changes each day so I have to be flexible (excuse the pun!) and arrange my day around classes, workshops, meetings and other work commitments. I also either go to boxing or go for a run at least 4 times a week. I have a lot of energy and I love being active so I really enjoy these cardio based activities, although I do find them challenging, but I like being challenged! I think it’s really important to step out of your comfort zone and do something that you may perceive as difficult. It pushes you and teaches you resilience as well as discipline and perseverance.
I usually cycle to most of my classes as most of them are around town and cycling is the quickest and easiest way to get around the city. I am lucky that I live quiet close town and most of my classes are within cycling distance.
My lunches tend to be quick and easy, maybe a bowl of soup or a filling salad or avocado on toast. I don’t eat meat so most of my protein comes from beans, lentils, quinoa and vegetables. People often ask me do I miss meat but to be honest, I don’t miss it at all. My Yoga practice off the mat is about living a sustainable, ethical life and that is equally if not more important than my practice on the mat. I might have a square of dark chocolate or an apple and some peanut butter after my lunch for something sweet, although I am aware of the effects of processed sugar (I try not to eat a lot of it but I definitely have a sweet tooth!).
In the afternoon or evening, I do about 30 minutes in the afternoon of more specific yoga asana primarily focusing on specific postures such as handstand or areas of the body such as the hips or the spine.
Most of the time I am home after my work day by about 8.00 or so. For dinner I might have salad with chickpeas & vegetables, a lentil bake or a bean burger with hummus (I love hummus!). Usually something quite simple and wholesome but tasty! My diet tends to be whole foods and as much organic food as possible.
In general I tend to live a very active and social life. My days can be sporadic so I need to plan carefully so I can get everything in that I need to do each day. If I for some reason miss my Yoga practice (which does happen occasionally) I feel unsettled or a little on edge for the day. My practice grounds me and allows me to start my day the way I mean to continue, with an inner softness, a willing to bend and a sense of gratitude and appreciation.
So there you have it, that is a typical day walking in the shoes (or lack thereof!) of a Yoga teacher in the city of Dublin! If you would like more information or to get a more intimate idea of my life, you can follow me on Facebook or Instagram @LeeTraceyLife. Thanks for reading!