I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!
Yoga made ME a morning person
May 15, 2017
If you are one of those people who just wakes up happy, energized and ready to go in the morning, 1. You are so darn lucky & 2. I ENVY YOU!!! If you aren't that person, I am right there with ya girl and this will be a helpful read.
Since I could remember, I have never been a morning person. And when I say that, I mean that I wake up grouchy, SUPER tired and I don’t want to talk…at all. There is even a running joke with my family that you give me a good 30mins and some coffee before you talk to me. Apparently I even sound like Darth Vader breathing through a mask… HAHAHA Pretty sexy! My hubs is one lucky guy.
With that being said, I have tried everything to try to become a morning gal. I tried getting extra sleep, not drinking caffeine before bed, not eating too close to bed time, getting up right when my alarm goes off, working out, drinking a glass of water, showering, I mean the list goes on and on! Literally nothing has worked!
Then I started craving yoga, I just kept having this thought in my head that my body needed some stretching/meditating.
Now, before you roll your eyes and stop reading thinking I am some Yoga guru, I am anything but that, I took ONE yoga class in college and it was pathetic…first of all the instructor was going so fast and using yoga lingo, so half the time I was looking up at her and looking around the class trying to figure out what the hell was going on, by the time I understood I was already three moves behind. I hated it, it felt like I was playing a very hard and awkward game of Twister and I honestly felt like it was a waste of my time! To think of doing Yoga in the morning…or any kind of workout in the morning made me sick to my stomach.
Fast forward 4+ years later, and I got interested again. This time I did some research to see what types of yoga were out there, thinking that there had to be a slower more calming yoga than my first go around and I finally came across one that I fell in LOVE with!
Gentle morning yoga!
So, what is it you ask? Like anything, there are several variations but the ones I enjoy are a very light and SLOW type of Yoga combined with a bit of meditation. I started implementing this when I quit my corporate job and have not looked back since! Below are a few of my favorite routines to do. And the great part is, that these are only 10-15 minute routines. Yeah girl, I am not a fan of spending too much time working out, especially not in the morning!
And I am telling you, it feels AMAZING! I wake up, PJ’s on, phone in hand and go straight outside to do my gentle morning yoga before I start my day. Obviously, you can do this anywhere you would like, but for me, I prefer seeing the morning sunrise, feeling the grass under my toes, and breathing fresh air. Since implementing this in my morning routine, I feel more balanced, my body feels woken up and stretched, my mind is more clear, my mood is 100 times better and I feel like I have a little sunshine in my soul and pep in my step. I encourage you to try it out. And if breaking up your work week morning routine freaks you out, try it on the weekend. You deserve 10 - 15 mins of YOU time. Whether you do it for health, tranquility, more balance or for 10 minutes of sanity, I promise this will be worth your time!