Getting out of bed in the morning is sometimes difficult enough, never mind doing it even earlier to practice yoga! However, if you do manage to escape the cocooned coziness of your duvet and make it onto your mat you will feel the benefits for the rest of the day – we promise!
Here are our 5 top tips:
1. Be prepared
Though time is always exactly the same length, it often seems very short in the morning – especially when you’re rushing to get ready to go to work or you have a busy day ahead. Lay out your mat the previous evening and if you’re doing an online class and want to save time making a decision over which class to practice, have it set up ready to play.
2. Keep it simple!
If you think about the number of things many of us do in the morning – brushing our teeth, having a shower, drying our hair, putting on make-up, deciding what clothes to wear, making and eating breakfast, checking our emails / Facebook / the news, etc (if you have children, this is just the tip of the iceberg!), it’s a wonder we even have the energy to leave the house! Reduce the number of things you do before you practice to just three: get up; go to the bathroom; practice – or for those who like acronyms, RPP:
3. Practice in your PJs!
Make sure you, and the room you practice in, are warm or getting up on dark, cold, winter’s morning will be even more of a challenge. The great thing about doing yoga at home is that it doesn’t much matter if you’re wearing flannelette pyjamas and your dad’s woolly jumper, as long as you can move! Make the room or space you practice in an inviting place to be or the lure of an extra 20 minutes in bed will win over doing yoga every time.
4. The greater benefit
At that mid-decision point when you’ve snoozed your alarm for the fifth time and are trying to decide whether to get up or have an extra few minutes in bed, ask yourself the question: What will benefit me more throughout my day?
If you’re absolutely exhausted, more sleep is probably exactly what you need and there’s nothing wrong that. On the other hand, getting up and practicing yoga may actually be the best start to the day you can possibly give yourself and the residue of peace, openness and equilibrium may resonate much longer than the benefits of a few extra minutes in bed.
5. Countdown: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 … Action!
If you’re anything like me and your mind whirls into action as soon as you wake up, you can spend (waste) ten minutes mulling over what happened yesterday or what you have to do today and you’ve achieved precisely nothing! As Gregg Krech writes in his article, Action, inspiration and resolution, lead with the body: You may not feel like doing something. You may have thoughts like, “I’ll do this later.” But you allow your body to take the lead. And you bring your mind along for the ride.
So, once you’ve made the decision to get up, count to five, then move!
Wake up to EkhartYoga!
If this has given you the incentive to try some morning yoga follow our program 30 Mornings with Yoga!