A morning routine is a series of activities established by you to create the most positive and productive foundation for the day ahead of you. These activities form a daily habit and allow you to settle into yourself and the day, setting yourself up for success and focus. This practice can last a few minutes or hours depending on when you decide the routine ends and your day begins.
When negative thoughts arise, let them go, or re-align them to your positive values.
The morning routine sets the tone for the day and begins when you wake up. The more positive start to the day, the more likely your day is to be constructive and favorable. By having a regular pattern, your mind and body have a structure that requires little decision-making while creating good habits using the least amount of energy.
Your routine sets the focus for the day before outside forces and events step in and direct your day. Waking up in a healthy manner helps keep you mindful of yourself and your plan for the day. You can take the time to be steady and focus on what is important.
Some elements of a morning routine may be:
Stretching or physical activity
Planning and goal setting
What are your expectations for following through with your morning routine? Is everyday a reasonable and realistic plan? Maybe not, but your practice can be your point of stability that you can always return to when life gets in the way of your regular schedule.
You decide what benefits you feel after waking up and following a structured process. Here are a few benefits you may consider:
Creating healthy habits
Feeling steady and more patient
Thinking about your goals daily
Improving physical and emotional health
Building a foundation of gratitude
Starting the day from a place you define as good
What components are in your morning routine? What do you avoid and why?
One of my clients describes her morning routine:
"When I first get up in the morning, I go into our second bedroom and do yoga stretches and a few yoga routines I learned from your Standing Tall class. I also lay on my foam roller and while stretching, I mentally send out well wishes and good thoughts to friends and family that I feel need it. I like the thought of filling the air with positive energy. I then go into my office and sit comfortably in my chair and meditate for 21 minutes, clearing my mind. After my timer goes off, I do 8 to 10 alternate nostril breathing exercises. I then write in my journal, listing 3 things I am grateful for and my wishes for the coming day." - Diane M.
There are many wonderful experiences practicing yoga. In the beginning, I would encourage you to try a yoga class and if you feel discouraged or that yoga isn’t right for you, try another instructor and a different class format.
Some of my clients want private sessions until they feel comfortable enough with their bodies and minds to join a studio class. They feel like they don’t know enough about yoga or aren’t physically able to perform in the group class setting and need some individual instruction.
This is my intention for you:
- you feel successful when you finish a session
- you begin to understand your body and how it works
- you have an understanding of the poses (asana) and what they are called
- you understand that you are working with the body you have today and what you can do is good enough
- you realize that passing judgment on yourself and your capabilities produces negative results
- you acknowledge that through repetition, you make progress
- you begin to get to know a little bit more about yourself each time you get on the mat
Research has indicated the many benefits of yoga –
- increase mobility
- improve sleep quality
- boost fitness level
- improve overall health, posture, flexibility, strength, balance, and endurance
- cultivate mindfulness and coping strategies for stress
- increase relaxation
- lower heart rate and blood pressure
- reduce anxiety and help relieve depression
Take it one step at a time. Learn about your breath and meditation through yoga.
Please contact me with questions!