This series asks great questions, including “Describe your ideal morning routine,” followed immediately by “Describe your actual morning routine..”
How did they know?!
ShareYoga: Describe your IDEAL morning routine.
Sarit Rogers: I like quiet in the morning and time to move slowly into wakefulness. I am NOT a morning person. So for me, I would love to get up slowly, move my body in a gentle way. I would like to pause and take 10 mindful, deep breaths and set an intention. As my coffee brews, I would move to sit outside and meditate for 20-30 minutes as the sun rises and graces the sky with light. Setting the day like this, with intention sets the stage for equanimity and pause.
SY: Describe your ACTUAL morning routine.
SR: Ha! Well, like I said, I am not a morning person. Mornings can be a little wild around here. Getting up is slow, but intentional. One of us makes coffee (usually my hubby), and my husband or I am nudging our 14yo up, which is considerable work. Lunch and breakfast are made, the hustle and bustle is in full motion. On days when I teach, I get up a little earlier if I can. It’s important to me that I make every effort to be grounded BEFORE I walk out the door; if that means doing a sun salutation or two while the coffee is brewing, I do it. And there is always time to take 10 breaths and feel my feet on the ground, even when I THINK I’m too busy.
My days are pretty varied, but they usually consist of teaching, writing, and editing photos. I teach Mon/Wed at the middle school, T/Th and every other Fri at the high school. I volunteer weekly at an Assisted Living, bringing gentle movement and games to the residents there, many of whom are on hospice. I have begun going into Juvenile Hall with Uprising Yoga and I am one of the Uprising Teachers teaching at Exeter. I try to take time solely for myself every single day, whether it’s a nap, a physical practice, a walk, or meditation. Self-care is paramount as is asking for help when I need it. There is strength in that.
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