If you’re anything like me, waking up in the morning can be a struggle (see tips for a more mindful morning HERE). Thankfully with the right kind of routine, mornings can become a tad bit easier — and will set the framework for how the rest of your day will go. Although I tend to prefer evening over morning workouts, there’s something to be said about making an effort to spend 30 minutes on your mat before you go about your day. The thing about yoga is that your body will react differently depending on the time of day you practice. A morning yoga flow feels way different than an evening flow, even if the sequence is exactly the same. Our bodies tend to be cold and stiff when we first wake up, making vigorous Vinyasa flows 10x more difficult to go through. That’s why I designed the following flow to be slow, gentle and, at risk of sounding cheesy, melodic. Doing power Vinyasa with it’s repetitive chaturangas, inversions and arm balances makes me feel strong, but this gentle flow makes me feel more at peace.
Sometimes I go through this flow with my eyes closed and pretend that I’m back on my favorite beach in Florida. That’s the beauty of a mind, body connection — you can use your imagination to transport yourself anywhere in the world.
For easy reference, you can pin the sequence below.
Remember, you should move gently, slowly and with intention. Feel free to modify where you best see fit and make this flow yours. The time spent on your mat is about you. Your body. Your mind. Your moment. I hope it helps you find a little more peace before your day begins.
With love and light,