There's something to be said about having a morning routine. We keep hearing how important it is to start your day on the right foot, with a calming routine that will lead us into a much less "stressed-out" day. We won't be waking up with an alarm blaring, telling us we have 5 minutes to jump out of bed, throw on clothes, maybe have time to grab a "breakfast", and get in the car so we won't be late for work, school, etc. Just the thought of waking up to that routine everyday makes me shiver. I have a pat-down morning routine that I won't be changing anytime soon. However, over the last year, I have adapted that routine to where I no longer practice yoga later in the day, but very early, in the morning.
I'll tell you right now, I don't (and never have) practiced yoga everyday. But the days of the week that I do practice (which are always the same), I have switched the time which I got on my mat, from the afternoon, to the wee hours of the morning while the sun is still just rising. I incorporated it into my morning routine. But this post isn't about creating a morning routine, it's about something I've started to notice and become tuned in on with my practice recently.
When I used to practice later in the day, I would always feel so "done" with the day already or that my energy was already used up from the day. My mind and body were not as connected as they could be, too much had happened already and I wasn't allowing myself to fully be absorbed into my practice. However, with a morning practice, that's changed and I'm only just realizing how beneficial that change was.
In the morning, my energy is just waiting to awaken and burst from the mind, body, and spirit after a well-rested sleep. It wants to be used in such a way that it gets to heal, nourish, and enrich the spirit of me before it gets used for anything else. I can give my whole mind, body, and spirit to the practice and feel this great sense of awe, renewal, and awakening when I'm finished. My strong vinyasa flows feel so good, so natural on my unused muscles as they slowly awaken for the day. The only place my energy has to go, is to my muscles, my mind, and to creating an aura of peace within and outside of my body.
Another thing I've noticed about practicing at this time, is my eyes. They remain closed for most of my practice. Sleep-yoga? No, I am fully present, yet it's dark, the world is asleep and there is no need to clutter my vision or mind with outside stimulation from light, colors, or movement. I can simply feel and be within my practice wholeheartedly. When I do open my eyes, I feel even more rested, like just then I've awoken from sleep. During these early morning hours when I practice, there is nothing else going on, nothing else has happened yet, there is still peace and great stability.
When my practice (my physical practice) is complete for the day, and I open my eyes as I lay on my mat in savasana, I feel as though I have truly awakened to the world. Yes, I awoke from sleep before my practice, but now I have fully allowed myself to awaken to the world, the good vibes of the day, the clarity and untapped possibility waiting for me. My physical yoga practice has become exactly what I've always wanted it to be. A perfect cultivation of awakening and peace.
I start my day at my favorite time of day, with something so dear and precious to me. My muscles get awakened by something so beautiful and comfortable to me, my mind gets to slowly open and isn't crammed with the events of the day, my eyes can rest and open to the world when they are ready. My spirit is fully nurtured by my practice and feels safe, fully aware of the only thing that matters to it, me. My practice, my yoga, is now my awakening. Mind, body, and spirit.
So tell me:
+ When do you practice your asana? Have you ever tried it at a different time to see if you might benefit more form it?
+ Do you have morning routine? Some rituals you always do? It makes a world of difference to your day!
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