“YOUR MORNING DETERMINES YOUR DAY.”
Waking up at 5:50am everyday has been surprisingly easy as well as challenging at the same time. Its not so much about actually waking up but more so about sustaining your energy throughout the day. Setting up for a successful day in the morning is rewarding and leaves you feeling inspired and ready to take action. It’s maintaining that mindset or frame of mind throughout the day that can be challenging as energy levels, willpower, discipline and motivation fluctuate.
I’m basically experimenting with the 20/20/20 principle at the moment at least for the first hour from 6am – 7am. 20 minutes exercise, 20 minutes meditation, 20 minutes study/journal. Exercise doesn’t have to be yoga. You can go for a run or do bodyweight training which I will also dive into at some point.
I digress. Here’s one of my days that I had this past week.
The alarm goes off at 5:50am. I ‘jump’ out of bed which helps to overcome those first ten seconds where your brain decides whether to do it or not. I’ve taken a liking to the 5 second rule. 5 seconds to take action before my brain tells me otherwise. I walk straight to the kitchen and drink 2 glasses of water.
Next I return to my room and get on my yoga mat. I stand up straight in tadasana and begin some deep breathing. I will do 10-20 sun salutations which are great for warming up the body and gets the system up and working. This takes about 15-20 minutes depending on how fast or slow you’re doing them.
After this I take a rest in Savasana for 3 minutes. Get up and take a seat and begin my Pranayama (breathing) practice for 10-15 minutes. I will elaborate on and break down my pranayama practice in a future post.
Finally I close with a 20 minute seated mediation which really seals the practice in.
By now it’s about 7am and I can see the early morning light hitting my mat. Time to make a nice cup of coffee and get to some journaling and studying. Once coffee is done I move into more advanced yoga practice or some mornings I go take a class at Pure Yoga within walking distance from my flat. I’ve been going to 7am classes this past week so on these mornings I will do some studying and journaling after class or right after meditation.
Round about 8:30am and it’s time for breakfast and I get some food in before showering and heading off to work at about 9:15am.
That’s what one of my mornings looked like this past week.
I’d love to know what a morning looks like for you and if you’re interested in yoga and meditation but don’t know where to start, I am here to help you take the first step.