Lifestyle

Morning Routines

Setting up a morning or even a daily routine is essential to maintaining good health and to transform our mind and body to functioning at a higher level.  When I set my morning routine up I found that this was my time to give me some self-love. Most of us have a very busy lifestyle we are being asked to be present in so many different roles in our lives.  In any given day I’m being asked to be a:

              • Mom
  • Employee
  • Yoga Teacher 
  • Business Owner 
  • Home Owner 
  • Student  

Each of these areas require some type of energy, whether high or low.  How do we balance all of our responsibilities? We prioritize and make sure we are carving some time out for ourselves.  The best way we can give ourselves some time is first thing in the morning and choose to not let any of our responsibilities ask anything from us until our morning routine has been completed.

My Morning Routine

The morning routine that I’ve set up for myself has evolved over the years, and today looks like the following:  

  • Wake Up to my alarm no later than 6am everyday (even on the weekends).   Prior to going to bed I ensure my phone is placed on ‘Do Not Disturb’, so I can’t be woken up by random emails, text messages or phone calls during my sleep, for the exception of the people in my life that might need me in case of an emergency, like my children.  I’ll keep my phone on this setting until my morning routine has been completed. 
  • Stretch my body to give it some good morning love.  Our bodies have been laying down from anywhere between 6-8 hours, by stretching we are getting the blood and energy flowing through our bodies and waking it up.  
  • Play Music to get my senses up and excited for the day ahead and if I’m feeling pretty dang good and the right song comes on, a dance party might start up 🙂 
  • Tongue Scraping and Brushing my Teeth to remove the toxins from the day before.  This step brings awareness to my body because the toxins that I’m removing is located on my tongue.  The toxins on your tongue can give some great insight on how your body is digesting your food, and thus be aware of what foods your body is having a hard or easy time digesting.  
  • Drink Water to hydrate our bodies.  It has been about 6-8 hours since your body has had anything eat or drink, it’s important that the first thing to give it is nice refreshing, clean water.  When I drink the first glass of water, I can physically feel the water hydrating my body with each drop.
  • ShowerI’ve adopted the practice from Ayurveda called abhyanga (self massage) of massaging my head and body with sunflower oil before my shower.  This step in my morning routine is my favorite because it provides great benefits to include:
      • Lustrous Hair 
      • Soft and Healthy Skin
      • Nourishment of my Body
  • Mediation and Journal.  This practice is so important because mindfulness is the key to being aware of your surroundings, handling stress and an increase in emotional healthiness.  I find that meditating and journaling before I start the day is a great way to reset myself and give my emotions the space they need. 
  • Podcast Listening while I get ready.  Throughout the day I can get so busy that the idea of listening to a podcast is in the far distance.  As an alternative, I listen to my favorite podcasts while I get ready. My favorite podcasts include:
      • J. Brown Yoga Talks
      • How I Built This with Guy Raz 
      • Mastering the Business of Yoga 
      • The Lively Show 
      • Guru Singh 

Finally, I’m dressed and ready to start the day – this is when I grab my phone and answer any text messages or emails I have received over the evening.  

By setting up your morning routine you are preparing yourself for success by syncing your unique body and schedule to harmonize it with the natural rhythm of the day.  My hope is that you find this helpful as you set up your unique morning routine.  

Have a great week my beautiful friends! 

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