I LOVE mornings! I’m one of those super annoying morning persons, who jumps up and is overly exited about the new day.
Today I’d like to share some of my morning rituals that can be a great help for a perfect day.
I’m a firm believer in syncing oneself with the clock of the nature. Going to bed latest at 10 pm and waking up at 6 am.
Before electric lighting dominated our world, we lived by the cycles of the sun and moon. We arised with the sunrise, were active in the daylight, and gathered around the fire as darkness fell. This way of life isn’t only appropriate, but it turns out to be vital to our physical and mental functioning, our moods, and even our survival. In fact, many researchers believe that being synchronized with natural light-dark cycles is the basis of good health.
“Morning and evening are especially significant times for resetting our inner clocks. Awakening gradually with the sun, which stimulates the hormone serotonin, allows our body to peacefully resolve its sleep cycles and prepare us for the day. If we are in tune, our heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and cortisol (a hormone that defends against stress) level increase before we wake up. In the evening, these functions should decrease, while darkness triggers increased production of the sleep-inducing hormones melatonin and prolactin.”
Nowadays I wake up without alarm, or if I need an alarm, I like to set it to a gentle bird chirping, that gradually becomes louder.
I slowly bring my body into a reclined twist, one of my favourite poses, it feels so good from the inside out. It offers me an opportunity to feel the power of wringing out the body from its core. It can improve breathing, ease back and neck tension, and soothe frazzled nerves. Its reclined position lets us linger in the posture’s curves and spirals, inviting the twist to penetrate deep into the spine. If you’re anything like me, this pose will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and rinsed clean.
I aim to not open social media and email for the first hour of my day, so I can actually connect with my self. This is sometimes not easy for me, as I do suffer slightly from workaholism.
Instead I like to read a short text of something that is mentally and spiritually inspiring, at the moment I read “First in the Morning” by Osho. It gives me a different option to start my day. A more meaningful and meditative way. There is a short text for each day of the year and the message carries me through the day.
After a moment of contemplation I like to close my eyes and repeat my sankalpa (an intention formed by the heart and mind). It can be my personal vow , like “this is going to be a perfect day, filled with joy, fulfilment and well-being” or my favourite mantra “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.” Sankalpa has an incredible powerful and magical impact on my life.
I bring my hands to heart center and I bow my head.
As I jump out of the bed I start my day, always, with a pint of cleansing lemon-ginger water. This powerful yet simple detox will energises me, helps me to jumpstart my metabolism, boost my immune system, get rid of toxins and tells my gut that I love her.
A cup of green chai tea, and I’m off to a yoga class with a peace in my mind and smile on my face 😆
Lots of love