The sense of calm that I get as I tip toe down my steps to a completely undisturbed living room is unparalleled.
All of the lights are off, the room is neat and in order from my nightly clean before bed, and the house is silent.
I have the comfort of waking up at a leisurely pace in my own home.
I turn on the backlight to keep the room predominantly dark just before I unroll my yoga mat.
A short thirty-minute yoga practice follows, allowing me to work out the kinks from the previous night’s sleep, and spend quality time looking inward.
How am I feeling this morning? How is my body feeling? Is my left quad still tight? Do I feel rested? What do I want to project thorough my day?
My early morning practice allows me to show up. I’m there. Present. In the moment. Paying attention to exactly what’s happening on my mat. A sense of attendance that I struggle with during a late afternoon/early evening practice.
It’s too early, quiet, and tranquil for me to be lost elsewhere. My day hasn’t started. The responsibilities and to do lists haven’t sunk in. I am carefree.
It’s invigorating in a way I never expected.
And it just fell into my lap.
I went through a very committed Bikram practice during my college years. And after drifting away from the one specific style, I have happily enjoyed various teachers, classes, and studios.
But it wasn’t until my running and gym schedules were thrown off course that I started doing yoga first thing in the morning, and saving my workout for later.
What a difference.
I relish in the soothing element of waking up my body slowly rather than instantly pounding the pavement or tossing dumbbells around. I appreciate being at the gym at three or four pm when I’ve already had two meals, my body is warmed up from the day, and I can use the pent up tension on a hard-hitting work out, not a meaningful yoga practice.
Not to mention, I get to try a different yoga class every morning. Using yogadownload.com, I download classes to my computer, and pick from my selection in the morning. It’s nice to not know what’s coming because I stay in the practice. The variety of videos makes my mornings a refreshing experience.
While I miss my early morning runs outside, and my neighborhood friends during our weight sessions at the gym on base, it’s been surprisingly nice to have a change in my routine. One that’s doing much more than just giving me a great workout.
Here are a couple of my favorites from this week:
1. Mojo Flow 1