The early bird gets the worm, I know you have heard that! Healthy morning routines set the tone, promote productivity, and give you control of the day. Affirmations, exercise, journaling, meditation, visualization, reading are some of things you can do to get started on a positive foot! Many of us wake up and grab our phone to check notifications, sometimes even before we leave the bed. Do any of you have a no phone in bed rule in your house? Some just have it with their kids. Why not with yourself and your partner? Immediately checking our notifications or emails puts our mind in that fight or flight mode. There is no order in chaos. Find something to do right when you wake up that grounds you. What do I do? Well before I even get out of my bed I either think about what my intention for the day is or one thing that I am grateful for. I continue this in my journal. I try to journal daily about my intentions whether they be about productivity, my mood, my energy, or my goals and I include gratitude. What you put out into the universe comes back to you. The more gratitude you have the more you will have to be grateful for. I do my self care regimen which includes changing my clothes, brushing my teeth, wash my face or shower, apply oils that I am drawn to that morning. After, I open the blinds in the house to let the sunlight in, get diffusers going, and set out supplements for everyone in my house.
What are your morning habits and routines? Has our current situation changed that for you? It has for me. It has given Clynt and I an opportunity to sit with our kids every morning and journal together, discuss what we are grateful for, and enjoy breakfast together. It has given us an opportunity to really capitalize on a daily routine and gain traction in productivity with projects we “have not had time for”. What stops you from having a morning routine? What would you like your morning routine to include? Share with me. Let's connect.
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I plan to share a lot about yoga and so I thought it would be important to first introduce how I found it and why I am so passionate about it. There are so many ways yoga can be beneficial and so many ways to incorporate yoga into your life. It is more than just a physical activity and is way more than just being bendy. It is not a religion but does take you on a spiritual path. Yoga is not for the flexible, it is for the willing.
My second pregnancy was completely different than my first. I carried differently, my body felt different, mentally I felt down more often than not, and my energy level was beyond low. By my second trimester I was carrying very low and he loved the right side. I started loosing feeling in my right hip which often traveled down my leg. My doctor didn’t offer much advice for this and was more interested in prescribing me some drug, I wanted a solution not a mask, so the search was on to find a way to have some comfort.
Someone mentioned yoga to me, said it would be good for me to do hip openers, my body would appreciate it come time for labor anyway. Thanks to youtube I was able to explore yoga from the comfort of my own home!! I found Sarah Beth Yoga. She had a prenatal series, along with a ton of other free videos. Did it help? Tremendously!! The pain in my back was not near as bad and the loss of feeling in my hip minimal. I did yoga as much as I could up until the day I delivered and could not wait to get back into it the moment the doc released me to exercise. At this point I had no clue all the benefits I just knew I enjoyed the movement and the exercise aspect.
At the time there was a studio right around the corner from my house. I decided to go in for a class. GAME CHANGER!! The energy in the room and of course the guidance from an instructor was exactly what I needed to fall in love even more. I tell people two things about yoga every chance I get. One, yoga changed my life. Two, yoga brought spirituality into my life in a way I never thought possible. When I say yoga changed my life I mean it brought out a new person in me I didn't know. I began to abandon things I only thought were what made me who I was. Life began to feel like it had purpose, a flow, a direction without chaos. I was able to take the balance from my mat to my everyday flow of life. Breathing techniques helped me calm my nerves in stressful situations throughout my day. Yoga is something that I crave and I have a deep desire to grow my practice. In the beginning I would go as much as I could. Taking vinyasa, hot 26/2 and slow flows. I was learning things about myself and pushing my body to do its limits. It was adventurous, strenuous mentally and physically, but I was experiencing life on a new energetic level.
My practice came to an abrupt stop when tragedy struck my family. I will share more about this another time. After the tragedy I was scared to do yoga, scared to meditate, scared to be quiet in my own head, scared I would not be able to find tranquility. This fear is what steered me away from yoga when yoga is what I needed most. True with most things I guess. Things we fear or things that are hard, those are usually what we need or should be doing the most. Live and learn, right?
I got back into my practice, slowly, but I was at least coming to the mat. I was practicing at home and while I do enjoy that like I said before, practicing in a studio and sharing energy with others is transformational. I also knew that if I wanted to advance my practice I needed some real life guidance with alignment, something YouTube couldn’t offer. Once I found a new studio to practice I dedicated to three days a week. From there it just increased. Yoga is a journey, one that is different for everyone, my journey has become one of the most rewarding and difficult things in my life. I kept pushing, my mind and body craved more. Before I knew it I was practicing five days a week. In 2017 I felt my practice start to plateau and I was really drawn to sharing yoga with others. In January 2019 I signed up for yoga teacher training at Vibe Yoga in Allen, TX. BEST decision EVER!! Spiritually my practice took on a whole new life, fundamentally my practice transformed, AND I have a sisterhood with an amazing group of woman along with mentors I value. Six months into training I discovered I would be having a baby!!! I have continued practicing throughout pregnancy with great respect to my body and the baby. I feel amazing and cannot wait to meet this bundle of joy. I look forward to another transformation in my physical practice after the baby comes and cannot wait to share that with you.
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