“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you’ve got to live.” Jim Rohn
One way that I stay really grounded and focused is having and sticking to a morning routine.
Dinacharya is the Ayurvedic daily routine and Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga. Dinacharya is one of the most powerful tools to elevate your overall well-being. If this concept is new to you, think of it as essentially doing some of the same things a the same time everyday. Creating regularity for our mind and body.
Setting a morning routine helps nourish our minds and bodies while also keeping us steady on our path and clear minded to make good choices throughout our day. Repeating the same routine day after day doesn’t create monotony, it creates a sense of stability and steadiness which allows us to feel very grounded and at ease.
A morning routine can look so many different ways depending on what interests you. It’s important to pick things that resonate with you and keep doing those things every morning.
Here are my top six morning rituals that I do without fail….every single morning! (Among other things but we can go into those later.)
1. Wake up Early: In Ayurveda, they say waking before sunrise is best. If this is not in the cards from you, I recommend waking up as early as you can to not be rushed in your morning practices and getting out the door. You want your morning to be ease-filled, so set a manageable time to wake up daily and stick with that. Your body will soon get so accustomed to it, you will not need an alarm. In addition to waking up early, part of this routine is to go to bed at a reasonable hour so that you get sufficient rest to feel your very best everyday.
2. Gratitude Practice: Every morning, when I place my feet on the floor, I pause and have a moment of gratitude. Gratitude for many things, but most of all for another day of this life. Every day is a gift to be cherished and this morning ritual reminds us of just that. The more grateful we are the more we have to be grateful for.
3. Tongue Scraping: Tongue scraping? What? This is an Ayurvedic practice to remove toxic build up in the body, or “Ama”. Tongue scraping is easy, fast, and has amazing benefits for your health. You can buy a tongue scraper on Amazon, at Whole Foods, Organica and probably any health food store. To learn more about tongue scraping, read this article on Banyan Botanicals.
4. Meditation: I’ve written about meditation before and all of its many benefits. If you don’t have a regular practice of meditation, try to sit every morning for just a few minutes. Sit in the same place, generally at the same time, close your eyes and breathe. Sit tall in your seat and allow the mind to focus on the flow of the breath. Start with just 2-3 minutes a morning and work your way up as you feel comfortable. It’s amazing what just two minutes a morning can do. It’s truly life changing.
5. Move Your Body: Get your body moving however you like to move. Even if this isn’t your normal hour to exercise or move, add a minute or two of movement to connect to your breath and wake up your body. A short walk, a few yoga poses, jump rope….anything that sounds good!
6. Green Smoothie: Those of you who joined me for the Smoothie Challenge can attest that adding a green smoothie to your morning has so many benefits. When you start your day with a plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables your energy, focus, digestion and metabolism all get a kickstart each morning. Get on the list for the next FREE Smoothie Challenge!
Over time, these practices may deepen and expand, but for now start small. Do things that feel good to you, that light you up and make you feel healthy from the inside out. This morning routine will really set the tone for your entire day.