Good Morning! It is 3 am and I am up writing this blog. People always ask me how I can get up so early to teach my 6 am classes. I live an hour away and wake up early enough to have some quiet time before my long day of teaching. I do this routine two days a week and yes, sometimes it is hard to get going in the morning. But I always feel more relaxed during the day if I take the time to enjoy the early morning hours. The extra time in the morning gives me a chance read articles, explore my teaching themes and helps me to stay focused throughout the day.
I love the solitude of the morning. It is very dark outside and the moonlight is shining in my living room. I can still hear the crickets singing and the sound of the gentle wind. There is something magical about being awake at this time. I feel more connected to world and to myself. As I drink my coffee I can feel my senses becoming clearer and I feel grateful for this special part of my day.
In a few hours I will teach my first class of the day. I love teaching yoga at this time. As I watch my students stumble into class with sleepy eyes, I know that their minds are still pure. This is the first experience of their day and stress has not woken up yet. It is a beautiful time to set an intention for the day. To connect to the Self and the world. To cultivate peace and harmony.
If you cannot make it to my 6 am yoga class, you can still wake up a little early each day to embrace morning hours. Maybe you start with an extra 15 minutes in the morning for some time by yourself. You could just sit for a minutes and take in the morning sounds, you could meditate or do a short yoga practice. Taking a few minutes for yourself before you begin your busy day will go a long way in helping you cope with the day’s events.
Here is a short yoga practice you could do to start your day.
Start in standing up in mountain pose.
Inhale reach the arms over head.
Exhale lower the arms and fold to the floor.
Inhale place your hands on your shins and come half way up.
Inhale press down with feet and come all the back up to standing.
Exhale bring your palms to heart.
repeat 5 times.
Reverse Warrior 2 & Triangle pose– these will help you stay grounded.
Bend your right knee and rotate your leg to the right.
Turn your left leg in a little.
Bend your right knee and keep your knee inline with your toes. Reach your right arm up and gaze at your finger tips..
Hold this Warrior 2 for a few breaths.
Straighten the right knee.
Shift your hips and reach to the right, then set your right arm next to your leg.
Come out of pose, turn your feet forward into straddle position.
Begin the poses on your left leg.
After you finish Warrior 2 and Triangle on the left side, slowly bring your feet together and stand in Mountain pose.
Bring the palms together at the heart.
Bow your head a just breathe here for a few moments.
Set an intention for your day.
Have a beautiful day!