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?