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why I love my morning routine

This world is crazy and life isn’t any less. With the fast-paced lifestyles most of us are living these days, it’s tough to get a 5-minute breather in ever just to calm down and ground ourselves. But who wants to slow down? The craziness of life is what makes it fun and interesting; it’s what gets us up in the mornings. And that’s where you have to start…the mornings.

Having a morning routine is the perfect time to ground yourself and prepare your mind, body, and soul for the rest of your day. Life is crazy, and a lot of things happen that are out of our control and unplanned. Give yourself something to expect at least once a day, this will help ground your mind and get you prepared for life has to offer you. The mornings are great, because who doesn’t want to start the day with the right attitude?

The key to a morning routine is doing things that you love and make you feel good. My morning routine consists of a daily abhyanga or oil massage, meditation and prayers, journaling and reflection, and ending it with some pranayama and a short yoga sequence. Of course, life happens and I have to tweak my routine more times than not, but even then, I’ll try to do at least 2 of the above mentioned, because I know it will help me begin my day.

I love my morning routine because it lets me have my “me time”, that time to yourself that we are always seeking, yet never seem to squeeze in to our hectic days. It gives me time to be grateful for all of the wonderful things I have in my life. It gives me the space to be reflective and ponder the small and subtle intricacies of life. And most importantly, my morning routine prepares me to have the best attitude and perspective to start my day, because I wake up and do things that I absolutely love doing.

I never realized how essential a morning or daily routine is until I started studying Ayurveda a year ago. In Ayurveda, a dinacarya (daily routine) is key to help give your body and soul exactly what it needs to bring regularity and balance your health. It is one of the best ways to nurture and nourish yourself. With all of the incredible benefits you can reap from a simple routine, it’s bound to bring you happiness and an amazing start to your day.

Creating a morning or even a daily routine is super easy to do. Start the day doing things that make you feel good and appreciative. Some ideas to incorporate could be:

  • Journaling
  • Meditating
  • Writing 3 things you’re grateful for
  • A short yoga sequence
  • Breathing exercises or Pranayama

Of course if you want a more traditional guide of what a routine looks like from an Ayurvedic perspective, check out this awesome guide from Banyan Botanicals.

Just remember, don’t overwhelm yourself. Having a 5-minute morning routine just to take a few deep breaths before you walk out the door is better than nothing. Whether you’re spending 5 minutes or 3 hours, you’re taking the time out to care for you, and that’s the most important thing.

So, have at it! And have fun! What things are you going to incorporate in your day to nourish your mind, body, and soul?

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my 6am yoga class

Y’all, I finally did it. I made it to the 6am yoga class I’d been telling myself I’d go to since I’ve been back from India. I set my alarm for 5am, and as soon as it beeped, I turned it off. I argued with myself (yes, this actually happens), saying that I’ll just go and workout after I get off work. I wake up 10 minutes later, look at the time on my phone, and grudgingly get out of bed.

I realized I had been telling myself excuses out of sheer laziness. How pathetic?! So, I sucked it up, changed out of my pjs (okay, all I really changed were my pants…into my yoga pants), and hopped in my car to the gym. I even got there 20 minutes before class was going to start. Awesome.

Seriously though, I realized that I have been missing out. Getting up that early and starting my day with a good vinyasa flow has made all the difference in today. I was a huge ball of energy the rest of the day. Also, I’ve noticed that when I start my days with something like yoga or meditation (or both!), I’m more aware of what’s going on during the rest of the day. I also make healthier choices and am more cognizant of what’s going on, my options, etc. For example, when I came home, I decided to make a fruit and veggie packed smoothie for breakfast (which was so delicious, I’ll post the recipe!) instead of skipping out on breakfast all together.

The way you start your day really does make a huge difference as to how the rest of your day is going to be, and I finally experienced that today. Waking up early, will also help me go to bed earlier too, so I’m not staying up, or waking up in the middle of the night. It’s all about regulating our internal clocks and stuff folks!

I’ve been reading a lot about how a morning ritual that involves a slow, every-day routine is really good for you in general. Instead of immediately hopping out of bed in a frantic, thinking about everything that needs to get done, you should wake up and be aware of the present. Focus on yourself. When I say the word ritual, I don’t mean something mundane where you wake up, shower, make coffee, eat, and leave. I mean, make it something meaningful. Journal the minute you wake up, meditate for 20 minutes before you leave the house, sit in a room filled with candles and do 10 minutes of intentional breathing, read an inspirational quote to start your day. The options are endless! By the time you leave the house, you’ll be refreshed and ready to take on the day.

Mornings are usually when I’m the most tired (except for at night around 11pm). But, I am going to make the effort to start having amazing, intentional mornings. I’m telling you. One experience, and your whole life is changed. Try it out!