MORNING IS GOLD

I have heard that a walk in the morning has great health benefits, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that it is beneficial to meditate as soon as you wake up. Morning is clearly gold for body and mind!

A morning routine that provides wellness to your body and mind is power for the rest of your day. This is something we have heard many times before and I am curious to know if we really take time for it?

More than following rules that experts say are good for us, perhaps we intuitively already know that it is worthwhile to settle body, mind and breath the moment we wake up.

There are many ways to settle. This can mean just checking in to see what’s going on, in the same way we start a yoga class. As we come to our mat we take a moment to arrive in the space we are in, in our body, in this moment. We notice what is going on within by becoming aware of thoughts, emotions as well as sensations in the body. We give awareness to the breath moving in and out, and notice how the whole body is breathing. We allow time to notice what is happening within rather than giving our attention to the outside world, in order to arrive here, now. It just takes a short moment and is a great way to get ready for the rest of the practice.

What if we did something similar every morning to get ready for a brand new day? Anything that helps ground yourself as you start a new day is valid. It could also be a short walk to get the body moving and experiencing the sun coming up. It could be a movement practice you enjoy. Or it could be a moment to yourself for practising gratitude and opening your heart.

Having a routine that brings you wellness as you start your day will have a positive impact on the rest of your day. The more you do it the more you will realise it is true. Now that the sun is up early it is perhaps easier to wake up earlier than usual and ensure the day starts in a great way. Maybe you could even plan today for tomorrow morning: What would be best for you to feel good before starting interacting with others, answering emails or checking the news or social media? My wish is that you come up with something that will support you throughout your day and help you feel excited for every day ahead.

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Annette Wiik

My name is Annette. I am a Yoga Academy Certified Teacher (BWY-Accredited School) and started practising Hatha Yoga over 20 years ago. Holding a certificate from Bangor University to teach mindfulness-based courses, I incorporate my knowledge of mindfulness meditation in all my yoga classes. I have two grown-up children and live in Wimbledon.