It has been said that creating a daily routine (dinacarya) is one of the best ways to ground our selves. There have also been studies that say doing some sort of movement in the morning can help us lose weight and maintain clarity of mind. These two facts give us a good reason to build a daily routine. Deepak Chopra tells his clients to RPM. This means “Rise out of bed; you should know what Pee stands for; and then Meditate.” So, starting our morning with our favorite 10min form of meditation is the first component of a daily routine.
A great addition to meditation is the “Five Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation”. This practice is a series of five poses performed 21 times each. If you have not performed these rites before, it is good to start off performing each pose no more than 7 times. There are several books written on this series that you can purchase.
I have found that adding neck stretches and eye strengthening poses after the “Five Tibetan Rites” has helped me and a lot of my clients out dramatically.
The next step would be Sun Salutations. They were designed to be performed in the morning and what a great start they are! If you cannot do a Sun Salutation you can modify to a cat-cow version. You can do as little as 2 of them or better yet one for each year you have been alive.
One of the best ways to end a morning regimen is through breath-work. 3 sets of 60 power breaths (kapalabhati) along with several rounds of alternate nostril breathing (anuloma viloma).
This series all together should take less than ½ hour to perform and it will make a huge difference in your life.
See you on the hot mat and as Ganesha would say, "Enjoy Life and Feed Your Rat!"
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