A Morning Yoga Routine… Asana Or Not
5:00 am. Growing up I often wondered why in the world my mother would wake up at what I thought was such an ungodly hour. What I have come to learn is that it is at this hour that she found peace.Call it a morning yoga routine, or call it whatever you like.
Granted, she did so through cigarettes, coffee and crossword puzzles but, alas, she cherished her early morning moments before the start of a busy day raising three girls and running a business.
I have since adopted pieces of her early morning ritual and have made it my own. However, mine beings at 4:00 am. When I tell people what time I wake up each morning I am met with reactions of all kinds but most often, “Why would you do THAT?” Let me explain: while I have never been much of a crossword fan and I dropped my smoking habit 14 years ago, I do find that at the very least a peaceful cup of coffee gets my day going in a good direction. But when I mindfully add a morning meditation in a space that has been designated for such practices, then I am setting up my day for success. Granted, this “space” is a stack of three pillows from my couch in a corner of my office, but it works.
I have dabbled in many forms of meditation and have found that it can be as simple as “Thank you.” When I take the time to be grateful for everyone and everything in my life and recognize the abundance that I have been blessed with, it gives me perspective regardless of what I have to do that day. And trust me, like anyone else, when I stop and consider everything that I have to get done in a 24 hour period I can feel the stress and worry rising up. So, before I start checking off my list of things TO DO, it always helps just TO BE.
My Morning Yoga Routine
My morning yoga routine has become a moving meditation to me. And it’s a very personal practice regardless of whether I am in a class with others or on my mat at home. I am always trying to do what feels the best for me in each moment. I do have a health condition that limits me some mornings from having enough mobility to practice asanas, but I do believe that it is in this movement of my body that I will heal. In this space is where my body, mind and spirit come together for the purpose of bringing me home to what’s most important. And it is only by taking care of me that I am best able to take care of and support others. So if the only way for me to get to this nourishing, nurturing place means that I am rising before dawn, then my peace is made with the early wake-up calls.
This article was originally written by Shannon Kelly: Wife and mother of three who is blessed to live on Cape Cod. In addition to being a writer, she is also a corporate trainer for a title company and Reiki Master/Teacher. She has authored a children’s book titled Silly Megan which was published in 2011 and can be found on amazon.com.