As anyone who has ever slept through their alarm or dumped coffee all over themselves (or someone else) during their morning commute can attest to, starting your day in a not-so-zen way can seriously mess with your mood all day long.
Which is why we got in touch with a group of super zen people—some of our favorite yogis—to find out what they do to start their day off right.
Here's what they had to say.
"The first thing I do when I wake up is wrap myself around my sleeping boyfriend—I like to start my day with human contact," the Sky Ting Yoga cofounder tells mbg. "Then I drink water, lots of it. After that, I take my time making a healthy breakfast and some sort of hot beverage—usually a tincture of sorts with coconut butter, astragalus root, and honey. I try not to look at my phone until I'm nearly out the door."
"First thing in the morning, I have a shot of apple cider vinegar and a cup of hot lemon water," the founder of New Love City, a yoga studio in Brooklyn, tells mbg. "That sounds so cliche, but I really do! My roommate (who is also a yogi) is super interested in Ayurvedic practices and she is working on schooling me in the arts of body alkalization. The ACV is harsh, but I just love that warm citrus first thing in the morning; it's a pretty way to wake up. Sunshine in a glass."
"The first thing I do is lift the covers and let my puggle (Ashi) burrow under the quilt to my feet. We normally go back to bed for a bit longer, and then once she starts chirping we head down to serve up the puppy chow," the yoga teacher, mbg class instructor, and Aim True author explains. "Then I throw the dogs in the back of my car (after I've had a large glass of water), and go pick up an almond milk latte and follow it up with a park walk. "
"Say thank you. Thank you for being alive another day," the I.AM.YOU studio founder, mbg class instructor, and RETOX: Yoga*Food*Attitude Health Solutions For A Real Life explains. "Then I roll over and usually receive a message from my husband of good morning or I send him one if I'm up and out first. After that—a big glass of water!"
"My morning ritual has been the same for years. I wake up, wash my face two times—one time for waking up, one time for actually washing my face—then I go and make a very hot green tea as my throat needs it to speak clearly in class," the yoga teacher explains. "While my tea is cooling down I get on the mat for 10 minutes. Those 10 minutes are purely stretching. So I will stay in each pose for a minute starting with downward facing dog. Then I will drink my tea, wait about thirty minutes and get my body flowing. So if I had a goal of some pose I have been aiming to achieve I do all of the exercises needed to get there.
And I never leave my house without rubbing coconut oil in my hair, ever. This major!"
"Stretch! Literally, I wake up stretching, extending my arms, breathing deep when I'm still in bed," the Miami-based yoga teacher tells mbg. "Wrist circles, ankle rolls, happy baby with a gentle extension of the legs for the hamstrings, and if I'm been sleeping on my side, definitely a spinal twist. Next up is bathroom, brush teeth, and water with warm lemon."
"I try to sit up after a few moments rolling around in bed to work out any kinks (my easy bed yoga routine) I sit up for a few moments & check in with my breath," the Strala founder and mbg class instructor explains. "That's it. From there I shower, brush my teeth, and do whatever is on the agenda for the day. Just like everyone else I'm sure!"
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