Welcome, students, to my own personal “Morning Integration” routine. I call it that, because first thing out of bed in the morning, I’m a bit out of sorts. I need some type of ritual to get my mind, body and breath synchronized, and my day off to a great start.
My integration goes something like this:
The alarm sounds at 5:45a and my tricky left knee welcomes me. With 4 or 5 limping steps, I make my way from the bedroom to the kitchen. See, I told you I needed something. Once in the kitchen I make a pot of hot water and squeeze the juice from two large lemons into it. I then sit down with my hot lemon water and for 15 minutes or so I contemplate and visualize how I would like my day to shape up.
Once I’m finished with my lemon water I do a quick 20-minute integration practice. View the intro to this practice here.
I do not consider this my practice for the day unless its an off day from yoga, which I take once and a while. Remember my tricky left knee? Well, the whole body feels a bit stiff and sharp even though I may be well rested. This could be the fact that my birthday cake has a lot of candles on it but that is another story.
The point being, this practice will gently work out the stiffness of the joints and muscles from a long night sleep and get you centered and ready to win the day. I also use this practice when I’m coming back from injury or a long break from yoga for whatever reason. I’ve also been known to do this practice twice a day when I just don’t feel like a long practice. I compromise and do this class twice, at different times of the day to break it up. At least we got our yoga in and feel better, right?
By Rudy Mettia