Every person has their time of day that is optimal for them. For me, it’s the morning – especially early morning. I wake up naturally around 5:30-6:00 am. I am mentally sharp in the morning, and that is the best time for me to execute on all of the tasks ahead of me. By 2-3 pm, I start to get tired and need to work on more menial tasks. It is very important to start your day off right, and I usually start with 20-30 minutes of yoga. In this post, I am going to share with you my go-to yoga routine. If you’d like to skip to the actual sequence, click here.
What to Include in Your Morning Yoga Sequence
First, you should include whatever you want! We are all individuals and have our own likes and dislikes. Your sequence might even change from day to day. In fact, I really like to do Yin Yoga on Fridays, as a celebration to the end of a work week. For me, my morning yoga routine needs to start slowly. I want to ease into it with some mindful centering and then slowly make my way up to standing. I need to stretch and feel my body wake up. I also do some sun salutations to get warmed up.
When to Practice
I wake up, fix some hot lemon water and get situated in my yoga room. Since I wake up quickly, I can start practicing right away. If I don’t, I might not practice at all. Some people need to ease into their day a bit, but try to abstain from eating at least 2 hours before your practice.
The Most Important Element of a Morning Practice
While planning and preparing for your morning routine is important, try to be flexible (ha ha, yoga humor). If you have planned a yoga sequence with a lot of strength poses and sun salutations, but you woke up with a headache, you may want to reconsider. Maybe that day would be better for some restorative or gentle yoga.
The Bottom Line: Your Go-To Morning Yoga Routine
Your morning practice should reflect who you are and your intent. If you would like to start your day with a heart-pumping challenge, your practice will look much different than someone wanting to ease into their day. Get to know yourself through your practice!
To use my morning routine, click here.