I’ve been reflecting lately on mornings and how my morning habits have changed considerably over the years. I used to operate on the “sleep as late as humanly possible” principle, which is just as it sounds: I would set my alarm for the last possible minute so that I would have just enough time to get ready and get out the door. My theory was that I was better off having an extra half hour of sleep than a half hour of sitting around in the morning.
When did that change? You guessed it, during my yoga teacher training. During those three months, I started getting up a little earlier every morning to fit in a quick yoga practice before I started my day, and let me tell you, it had an impact on me.
Aside from getting the benefits of starting my day with yoga, it was wonderful to take some time for myself every morning before rushing off to work. Suddenly I had this little extra pocket of time in the morning that was mine, and even though it was usually only about 30 minutes, it made me feel like my day was about more than getting to work.
While I am obviously biased towards thinking yoga is the best way to spend your extra time in the morning, there are other great things to do: you can write, you can go for a run or do your other exercise of choice, you can meditate or pray, or you can just relax and read the paper for a while. Whatever you do, do it because you want to and not because you have to – this time is yours!