“The time just before dawn contains the most energy of all hours of the day. This
has helped me become an early riser and an early doer…. When I wake to see that
it’s light out already, I feel the world has started without me.”
~Terri Guillemets
Often we are so busy rushing around or hitting the snooze button that we forget to
pay attention to how we feel before the day has even begun. A simple morning
routine can strengthen and purify the body, helping to rejuvenate, refresh and start
the day right.

Ways to make your morning shine brighter

1. Rise like a Lion
The perfect time to wake up is before or at sunrise. Practicing meditation at
this time is most beneficial due to the atmospheric peak in energy which can
manifest inspiration, peace and divine knowledge. If due to any reason this is
not doable for you, rise just 15 minutes or so earlier for a dedicated meditation
session to add to a happy morning routine!

2. Breathe more, Snooze less
Today, we all set our morning alarms in mobile phones and when they buzz
over our ears, almost every one snoozes the alarm off once, twice and even
more. Instead of snoozing it away, why not sit up in bed and practice a few
minutes of slow, deep breathing. Open a window and feel the fresh air fill your
lungs and expand the belly. This is a great way to feed your body with new
energy, helping to wake you up and get you out of bed!

3. Avoid Using Mobile phones
Keeping your mobiles close to your bed during sleeping has scientifically
proven to be dangerous for your health. It also affects the quality of your sleep.
Remember, you are most likely going to be attached to a phone or computer
for the rest of the day, so don’t rush reaching for the electronics! Try to resist
the temptation to check your phone, texts, and emails for at least 30 minutes
in the morning.

4. Set your goal for the day
Set yourself a goal for the next few hours or perhaps for the rest of the
day. You can even prepare a task list and prioritize all the tasks for your day.
This would be helpful in managing yourself at work and provide a clear vision
for your day.

5. Integrate with Nature
Spending time outdoors in the morning will leave your soul feeling refreshed
for the rest of the day. Fresh air and sunshine can lift your mood and align
your body’s natural rhythms. The options are endless: take the dog for a walk;
eat breakfast outside; tend to the garden or cycle to work; practice Yoga
outdoor amidst nature or meditate and breathe in fresh air.

6. Hydrate and Nourish
Early rising might not call for a large or heavy meal but your body will need
some fuel and nourishment to start the day off on the right foot. A Glass of
water with a slice of fresh lemon is the perfect detox drink for hydration and
good digestion. Try a handful of nuts, fruit, eggs or a green smoothie for a
nutritious breakfast that will gently restart your metabolism and maintain a
healthy hormone balance all morning long.

7. Cleanse and take longer shower
If you have the time, take a relaxing bath with a few drops of natural essential
oils or a cup of Epsom salts. Even a few extra minutes spent relaxing in the
shower can be extremely restorative in the morning. For a refreshing mouth,
rinse try using wheatgrass or coconut oil (oil pulling) as a natural way to
cleanse away residual toxins.

8. Chase your passion or hobby
Do something that you love every morning. Read a few pages of your favorite
book, listen to music that makes your heart sing. Play an instrument, cook,
draw, run! Do whatever you like, which makes you happy for the rest of your

Get your morning going with these yogi-friendly tips for a more balanced and better