I'm not sure about you but when I used to think about a morning practice I felt it had to be big, at sunrise, a full chunk of an hour allocated to Asana followed by Pranayama and Meditation. And it kinda scared me, I used to think well if I can't do all that, why bother!
But here's the thing I've learned in the past year.
Morning Practice is magical. It can look any way you want it to, I believe. It's about setting yourself up for the day and an opportunity to do practice what you LOVE. It's what you need to do to get ready to be your best for the day, to set yourself up for you own kinda greatness. We are creating the conditions for our best day, "our" not mine, or what someones else's might look like. Its personal. Let it be true, let it be "YOU".
Your day might start at 4am, or 10am.
Whatever time it is, can you set aside a few minutes to prep yourself for the day.
Can you drop into your breath? Just notice it.
Do you have any intentions or habits that your working with? You might take time to write them out, to say them to yourself.
What we do each day,
the words we choose for ourselves and others,
the "yes's" and the "no's",
your values, priorities and intentions,
it's so important.
Because what we do today, creates our tomorrow. And we want to create a good one, correct?
We want to stand behind our values, our priorities and let it be so crystal clear! And what better way than to create "a magical morning". What we practice really matters. Practice will change over time too. What you were really into a year ago, or what really lit you up in summer might differ to right now. Maybe get a notebook and write one or two little practices that light you up, or that are spiking your interest. Start off with such an easy little ritual that its impossible to fail! 5 mins is a good start if your fresh to this, tinker with what your up to. How does it make you feel? Is it still working? Is it season appropriate?
Please, don't let your practice be an opportunity to beat yourself up. Light yourself up instead!