Whether you have to wake up early for work and are really struggling to make this a positive experience or you want to make the most of your day and are envious of all of those chipper “morning people”, we’ve created a list to help you make this dream a reality. The benefits of waking up early are endless and include mental clarity, productivity, and improved quality of sleep, all of which can become addictive once your body gets used to it. If you’re fulfilled with the way your routine is now, then stick to it. But if you’re looking to make a change in your lifestyle maybe this is for you.
Here are 6 enjoyable ways to make this transition:
When waking up at 6 AM, the last thing you want to be thinking about is making your lunch or stressing over everything you have to do that day. Starting the day with a clear mind and having everything for your day already laid out for you is ideal.
EXERCISE TO ENERGIZE
Working out in the morning will increase your productivity because you will have that extra boost of energy in your system. Starting your morning with a sweat will help clear your mind and make you feel accomplished and ready to tackle the rest of your goals for that day.
MAKE IT EXCITING
Make your morning something that you fall asleep excited to wake up for. You may be thinking…“well I just have to get up and go to work and that’s not exciting.” Life is all about what you make of it. Focus on little things that bring you joy.
FIND A BUDDY
I’m sure you’re not the only one with a goal to wake up earlier. Find someone in the same boat as you and hold each other to it! We are much more likely to do something when we know we’re letting someone else down if we don’t.
Like any real change you want to make in your life, you are going to have to commit to make it work. That’s not to say you should feel guilty about sleeping in one day or staying up too late. Just don’t get discouraged by one or two slip ups and bounce back into your preferred routine as soon as possible. The more you implement a habit the easier it becomes.
Written by: Katelyn Stewart
There is no more beautiful ending to a stressful day than a glorious Restorative practice. As the least “impacting’ form of yoga, Restorative allows folks to have space to breathe, relax, and release the mind in a series of postures that require little to no physical effort. The key to this type of yoga is to simply let go, and it is difficult for anyone to not enjoy the gentle, soothing effects of this meditative form of yoga.
At LLY we offer a Restorative Hatha class Tuesday's (monthly from 8:45pm-9:30pm). With this offering we wanted to make sure that you had some more info from our Restorative teacher Elizabeth about what this class can offer YOU!
We sat down with Elizabeth and asked her a few questions; here is what she had to say...
Q: What is Restorative Yoga?
A: Restorative Yoga is exactly what it sounds like! It is a gentle, passive and relaxing form of yoga. Restorative uniquely combines the principles and health benefits of both yoga and meditation at the same time, as it encourages a mindful connection between our body and mind with the end-goal of relaxation. Just like other types of yoga, Restorative still involves making various poses with our bodies; however, we’ll take advantage of using the floor and some yoga props (pillows, blocks & straps), allowing gravity to assist us in fully relaxing and releasing our bodies to the mat. Some of these poses include seated forward folds, laying twists, legs up the wall and gentle backbends.
Q: What benefits can I experience from a Restorative Yoga class?
A: Due to its slower pace and passive nature, Restorative Yoga serves as an amazing compliment to all fitness and lifestyle routines. This method is ideal for all fitness levels and anyone seeking an opportunity to relax and decompress their tired body and busy mind. These longer-held poses and deep breathing techniques will allow our hard-working bodies and minds to slow down and gently open to stretch and release tight muscles. You’ll experience a greater sense of mental and physical relaxation during the class, that will follow with you after the class as well - take note of how well you may sleep that night!
This class is all about YOU creating a restorative space for yourself! So please arrive with an open mind, open heart, ready to release some mind-body tension and open yourself to a calm, restorative energy.
Written by: Elizabeth Fox
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