Tools to develop a morning yoga practice
Let me start this by saying I hated doing yoga in the morning, I would run away from morning yoga schedules whenever I could. I was so stiff and could barely access some of the poses I could do in the afternoon. I always thought my morning practice should look like my afternoon practice. Since the quarantine, I’ve been showing up twice a day on my yoga mat for the last three weeks, and I am discovering myself in an incredibly new way. What I want to share with you is my morning form. It’s crazy to me that I have a morning practice, I never thought I would, I always said, “morning yoga isn’t for me”. The morning has become this place where I do my self-care, some days it’s foot massages, some days it’s planks, some days it’s long stretches and holds, some days it’s writing, some days it’s anger, and some days I don’t even know what it is. I can tell you the difference that I have felt in my body and the clarity in my mind for showing up for my morning form practices. This practice lasts between 5 and 30 minutes each morning. My second practice is usually in the afternoon and lasts between 30-45 minutes. It’s so freeing to just show up to your mat and then just decide what your practice is going to look like based on your internal landscape that day. I have released the idea that it needs to be a certain thing or look a certain way. Ah! I’m so happy that I have truly let the idea of what it “should be” drop away. I have rekindled my relationship with my mat. I know all things have cycles, and the last 4 months have been what feels like to me, a “winter” with my own practice, only showing up a few times a week, lacking creativity, doing the same poses and shapes. It feels good to breathe a breath of fresh air into spring and step directly into my Tapas. I’m so thankful for the creation of this routine. Each morning I feel out the tensions that came from the dream world, I take some deep rooting breaths before I begin building my day, and then move through intuitive motion.
If you are wanting to build a more consistent morning practice or would like to dedicate more time to YOU… Here are the tools I used…
*Make your mat REALLY accessible, place it by a your designated ‘time for you’ space
*Designate a space for yourself (mine is the kitchen/dining room for my morning form)
*Create a playlist of songs for your practice (I have many, depending on my mood)
*Create a ritual of how you would like to open your practice space (light a candle, mantra work, prayer, or gratitude)
*Create a ritual of how you want to symbolize the of end your practice (stillness, breath work, mantra, writing, reflection, or dance)
To me it’s so important to symbolize the beginning and end of my practice. It helps me fully arrive to my mat. Instead of rushing into movement, I take a pause to mindfully enter my morning form time and exit out of it, to continue on with my day. Your practice doesn’t have to look like anything other than what you need it to.
Take what you need and leave the rest!