Morning Yoga: Gratitude Practice
We all know that starting the day with yoga is the best way to start the day. But let’s be real, it’s hard to find the time. That’s why this morning yoga gratitude practice is just 15 minutes (ok 18 minutes…this practice is 18 minutes; I just couldn’t take away your Savasana!)
Yes, we’d all love to have those perfect, magical mornings. Waking up without the need for an alarm and drinking your 8oz of water with lemon. Then rolling out your mat to start the day with a yoga + meditation practice. Sounds heavenly. Also sounds unlikely, am I right?
Tell me if this sounds more likely… Being jolted awake by the sound of an alarm. Hastily scarfing down breakfast while running around like a chicken with your head cut off. Then rushing out the door, already 10 minutes late to start your day. No zen. No peace. No calm.
I can’t promise that this practice will create a perfect, magical morning for you. But if you’re willing to wake up just 18 minutes earlier, I can promise you a little bit of zen with which to start your day.
In the Commit to Your Practice 5-Day Challenge, I dedicate an entire day to morning magic. This is because I believe that the way you start your morning has the power to shape your entire day. If you’re starting your day stressed and scattered, then there’s a good chance that the rest of your day will feel stressed and scattered.
Starting the day with yoga increases mental clarity and mindfulness, and kickstarts the physical body. It sets a positive, accomplished tone for your whole day, which sets you up for success.
First thing in the morning is also one of the best times to practice yoga (ideally, as the sun rises). The distractions of the day haven’t had time to grab you yet, and although the body might be a bit stiff, the mind is usually crystal clear.
If you can squeeze in an extra minute or two after your practice to journal, this is a great time to do that as well.
This morning yoga gratitude practice is bound to start your day off right.
Starting (and/or ending) your day with gratitude is a beautiful, powerful practice. One that keeps you grounded in the here and now; with an appreciation for all that you have and all that you are.
All you need is 18 minutes for the best start to your day.
So instead of hitting snooze, roll out that mat. I’ll meet you there.