One of the greatest lessons I learned during yoga teacher training was how to maintain a consistent and fulfilling home yoga practice. I rarely practiced in the morning before I went to India (especially not before breakfast!) but by the end of my four weeks, my morning practice became as important to me as brushing my teeth. I wasn’t fully awake without it.
I can hardly believe I’m saying this but aside from a few early travel days, I’ve practiced every single morning – usually before sunrise – since I returned from training.
Usually when I tell my friends this, they either look at me like I’m a masochist or tell me they can’t believe how disciplined I am. To be honest, though, neither is true.
In fact, it’s the exact opposite. If I were forcing myself to wake up before dawn every day just because I thought it was the right thing to do, I promise I would have stopped a long time ago. Or found found some other way to rebel. I wouldn’t be doing this unless I truly wanted to.
So how did I start wanting it? And how can you do the same? Here are some of the mental and physical rituals I use every morning to keep myself grounded and excited to take the mat.