27 Aug Never Miss A Sunrise – How To Become A Morning Person
Always fancied starting your day with an early morning yoga class, but you can father getting out of bed to make it to the studio that early?! Up with the sunrise and on your yoga mat – what a dream.
Imagine you’ve already completed your yoga practice, pick up your favourite cup of coffee and have your done before heading off to work. This early morning business is sounding good to you, but if you are not a morning early bird, then you’ll most likely have quite a challenging time leaving your house in the dawn hours. We have some inside scoop on how to ease yourself into becoming an early morning person.
You know that getting up early is the best way to start your day. It can change your life – it’s scientifically proven. You always have the best intention to get up early and start your day, see the sunrise and maybe even practice yoga. Then your alarm goes off, you hitting snooze (maybe 10 extra times) and sleeping in is the much hassle-free and more comfortable option. We get that. It only takes some simple changes to your routines, and you’re ready to make the change to an early morning yogi.
Here it goes, the secret lies in your nighttime routine. Yes, that’s right. You can prep your early morning start the night before. Read below three secrets to help you spring out of bed at the crack of dawn.
1. Set Your Bedtime
How much sleep do you need each night to feel good? 7 hours, 8 hours, maybe it’s 9 hours. Set yourself a bedtime that’ll enable you to get your ideal beauty sleep. It helps to count backwards from the time you need to wake up the next day, to when you should be in bed. It differs from person to person, so there is no generic rule. Did you know that you can activate the Bedtime mode in the clock app on your iPhone? The app will remind you to go to bed, and the alarm will wake you up the next day. So no more excuses to stay up another half an hour.
Get Your Clothes Ready
To prevent scrambling around in the morning and figuring out what to wear based on the weather, always lay out your outfit and pack your bag for the next day. Make sure to include everything from your water bottle, snacks, chargers, bus card, umbrella, hand sanitizer, headphones, yoga outfit and mat etc. For that first early morning wakeup, try picking out your favourite yoga outfit. It makes it a little more motivating, you’ll see.
Prepare Your Breakfast
You can either pop your breakfast ingredients on the kitchen counter the night before if you need to have something to eat before you can fully function. A super easy and healthy option is overnight oats. You can premix it the night before and let it sit overnight. Then, in the morning, once you’ve come back from watching the sunrise or your yoga class, all you need to do is add your favourite toppings. Prepping your fave breakfast food the night before also gives you something to look forward to in the early morning. Get your tea or coffee prepared the night before, so all you have to do switch on your machine.
These secrets sound pretty straight forward, but you’ll be surprised by how motivating it’ll be to get you up and out the door in the morning. If you need a little extra motivation, make a yoga dates with your fave yogi friends. You don’t want to disappoint them by not showing up for class. And you can all grab a coffee or chai at the local coffee shop after class.
Now that you are all set up to be an early morning bird have a look at Power Living‘s timetable and find a class for your first early morning practice. There’s plenty to choose from! And just in case, it’s one of those days. Have a look at Yogaholics – Power Livings online yoga studio. All you need to do it roll out of bed and roll out your yoga mat (you can even prep your mat the night before). Let’s kick start your morning with our favourite class – Get Up and Flow lead by Lisa Clark. This balanced and well-rounded sequence will get your energy flowing and move your body in all directions. Perfect for a sleepy, early morning body.
Never miss a sunrise, yogis!
Extracts from an original post by SHAPE