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Q&A: How to become a morning yoga person

Shoutout to all my Bad Yogis in the Bad Yogi Studio and The Perfect Body Yoga Program— this one’s dedicated to you 😉

How great does it sound to wake up feeling rested, inspired to get on your mat to do yoga, and finish a class all before you head out the door? Kind of great, as long as you’re a morning person, right?

And there’s the problem: most of us do NOT feel like morning people. I’m not an EARLY morning person either, but I’ve been able to train myself to become more of a morning person by changing a few of my habits.

Here’s how to get on your way to becoming the morning yogi you wish you could be!

Do NOT snooze.

I don’t care how tired you are for those first few mornings. Get out of bed when your alarm goes off. … or just about when it goes off. Give yourself a 5-minute window to wake up, stretch out, rub your eyes, and just be still, and then get to it. Here’s the thing: these first few mornings of getting up early will be rough and you’ll be tired. But guess what that means? You’ll be ready for bed earlier at night, too, which means you’ll have a fuller night’s rest the following night and waking up early will be that much easier. It gets better after day 2 if you stick with it

Set a schedule for your evenings.

Again, this will not be an easy thing to do for the first few days, but you’ll get in the swing of it soon enough. For me, I like stepping away from technology by 11pm, getting ready for bed/doing my evening routine, and being in bed by 11:30pm. I read until midnight and then it’s lights out. Then I wake up at 7:30am and get my day started. Depending on your lifestyle and work schedule, this may not work to the minute, but do your own version. Leave at least 30 minutes of wind-down time before bed and lie in bed until you fall asleep even if it takes a while.

Incentivize yourself!

When you wake up a little earlier, you have time to do something enjoyable that you normally don’t have time to do. Yoga, an extra cup of coffee by yourself, a quick skim of the news or a new book— you choose. But make sure it’s enjoyable. This is your reward for waking up earlier.

Prep for the morning.

Know what you’ll have for breakfast, set out your clothes for the next day, and make sure your living space is moderately organized before going to bed. It’ll make you look forward to the morning ahead and ensure a calm, inviting start to the day.

These are ALL things I do to make sure I’m ready to get my day started when I need to. I’m not saying we should all be super early birds and get up at 4am to run a 5k and meditate, but we could all use a little extra time to ourselves in peace and quiet. And it’s possible.

PS: Here’s a class to inspire your first morning practice 🙂

Over to you! What are your best practices for being a morning person?

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8 Comments

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    Åsa

    December 13, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Great subject, Erin! Getting a good start makes the whole day better. I always wanted to start my day with yoga, but found it impossible, as I am far from a morning person. I love to snooze!
    Then I went to a yogacamp this past summer, and a fellow yogi gave me the tip to get up and tell myself that I can do yoga for just two minutes in the morning. Of course, once I start I stay on the mat for at least 10 minutes, up to 45 minutes on mornings when I don’t have to rush, but just saying that two minutes are fine got me out of bed, and into the habit of doing yoga before breakfast. Now I look forward to my mornings since the yoga invigorates me even when I haven’t slept well. This was a way to trick myself to do morning yoga that really worked!

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      Erin Motz

      December 13, 2017 at 10:40 am

      love that! i implement that myself too when i’m not feeling like getting on my mat 🙂

  2. Marica

    Marica

    December 13, 2017 at 7:55 am

    I actually do that too Åsa, telling myself I’ll do a short session and then I end op loving being on the mat and it easily turns into 45 minutes to an hour. Great way to trick the mind into doing morning yoga and starting the day off feeling great!

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    Cherie'

    December 13, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I have also “scheduled” out my morning. I’ve recently developed a good morning routine, and I did it by “scheduling” everything. It goes something like this: up/pee, start water boiling for coffee, take out dogs/feed chickens, roll out mat, take water off boil, measure coffee for french press, brush my teeth while it steeps, drink coffee while reading/journaling, then yoga. I found writing it out step by step made it easier to maximize my time.. and after a few days, I had it down! Give it a shot!

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      Erin Motz

      December 13, 2017 at 10:40 am

      sounds relaxing just reading it! i think it’s the image of coffee brewing that gets me every time…. ahh, that could make me a morning person by itself!

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    Amanda C.

    December 13, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I have NEVER been a morning person. Ever. But I started doing yoga regularly about a year and a half ago and started telling myself how nice it would be to do it before leaving for work. Unfortunately I could never get myself to do it. It wasnt until recently when I joined PBYP (🙌🏼) that I have been able to make it a regular practice. Having the class I was going to do already planned out and getting my clothes and yoga area ready beforehand was what started it for me. Now two weeks later I find myself doing it because even if I slept badly I tend to feel more invigorated after class and before leaving the house. Plus getting an extra cup of coffee in the morning is a good incentive for me.😉

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      Erin Motz

      December 13, 2017 at 11:48 am

      Well THIS is just the coolest thing to read! SO many people have become “morning yoga people” after joining PBYP… I wonder what it is?! Either way, it’s a good thing! And I’m with you on that extra cup of coffee. The smell in the morning is meditation for me 😉

  5. Pála Margrét

    Pála Margrét

    December 20, 2017 at 4:25 am

    I love this! For me, deciding before going to bed that I´ll wake up refreshed really matters. Turns out, if you think in bed before you´ll go to sleep that you´ll be so tired when the alarm goes off, you´ll be very tired! Visualizing waking up refreshed has helped me change this thought pattern.

    I´ve also used sleepyti.me every night this year and it has changed everything! Also, I´ve realized that sleep isn´t as holy as I once considered it, I can actually go on without sleeping for 10 hours each night, and that it´s okay to sometimes feel tired.

    A shift in mindset is what it took for me 🙂

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