A yoga teacher shares how to set yourself up for success in 15 minutes or less.
Imagine your alarm clock goes off, you tap snooze one too many times, and you spend the rest of your morning rushing around and cramming breakfast into your mouth before you head out the door. Everyone has been there, and you definitely don’t want to go back. If you’re looking for a new way to start your day with calmness, focus, and clarity, consider trying out a morning meditation like this 15 minute guided meditation.
The thing about meditation is that it doesn’t have to take forever for it to be effective. Even just 15 minutes of meditation in the morning, from the time you sit down to the moment you open your eyes at the end, can help steer your day in a new direction. As a yoga and meditation teacher myself, I’ve seen huge meditation benefits by even taking as little as five minutes in the morning to calm my body and breathe through the stress.
Instead of rushing out the door in the morning, why not set your alarm a few minutes early? Then, you can hop out of bed and onto your floor or yoga mat to steady yourself and set your intentions for the day ahead. With this guided morning meditation, you’ll set yourself up for good vibes, no matter what the day brings.
Once you feel grounded (or at least like you won’t fall back asleep), take a moment to close your eyes and dream up your day. In the following guided meditation, you’ll have to set your intention, which means stating it to yourself in your head or aloud, so be sure to give yourself a couple of minutes to think about what you really want from the day. Maybe it’s not so much something that’s tangible; maybe it’s more about what you want your day to feel like. Either way is totally fine.
Next, listen to some relaxing meditation music or hit “play” to watch this 7-minute guided meditation with yoga queen Adriene Mishler. Adriene’s yoga flows and meditations are ultra popular because of how accessible they are, and this morning meditation is no different. Once you press play, just close your eyes and listen as Adriene guides you through some gentle stretches, breathing exercises, and intention setting.
Don’t just hop right up and rush out the door when you’re finished. Instead, spend a few more moments reflecting to help integrate any insights you had during meditation. Jot them down in a journal or even on the Notes app on your phone. Then, finish your practice by thanking yourself for showing up today.
All in all, this entire morning meditation practice should last about 15 minutes from start to finish. And just imagine how much better you’ll feel as you go about your day.
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