Finding a Routine by Taylor Hunt
It is said to make or break a habit it takes 21 days. To sustain this practice routine is key. Everyone is different. Find what works for you (and know what doesn't) and commit to it for 21 days. I've been asked share my routine, so here it is.
1. First thing, I set two alarms. One for 2:30a and one for 2:40a. This ensures if something goes wrong with one, I have a back up.
2. When the alarms go off I never crawl back under the sheets. I put my feet directly on the floor and say a simple phrase, "Today is going to be a great day." Let's get real, no one likes getting up at this time of the day, but saying something to combat the voice in my head that says "go back to bed" is powerful.
3. I take a shower. This is an important thing especially for early morning practice as it opens the body and sets the tone.
4. I make coffee. Usually 5-6oz as a pour over, and strong, and stand outside and watch the stars for a moment before heading over the the shala.
5. Light stretching and get to the top of my mat.
6. Give an extra amount of effort at the very beginning of my practice (Surya A and B). It helps set the tone for the rest of the practice and the day and again quiet the voice that says I'd rather be back in bed.
If you find yourself struggling to get out of bed in the morning and make it into class I want to encourage you to intentionally begin a morning routine. Feel free to take anything from mine or make one of your own. Try it for 21 days and see what a difference it makes.