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#MindfulMonday: A wake-up routine to start your day with gratitude

Bindu Yoga Studio Owner Angel Lucia has some tips on how you can create feelings of peace and strength right when you wake-up.

Studies show that when we have a healthy routine to waking up we can create feelings of peace, gratitude and strength that resonate through out the day.

Moving from our morning practice on to the rest of our day, we are more calm and aware, and are easily able to see the good that happens all the time. A practice that includes yoga, meditation and intention can create the space to keep us lighter and carry us through an otherwise stressful day.

1. Deep Breath

From the moment we are semi-conscious, our brains are already busy planning or rehearsing the day before the eyes even open. As soon as you become aware you are waking and caught in excessive planning, take a deep breath in and let it go with a big sigh to relax and ease into the now experience.

2.Exercise

Begin slow, simple stretches before sitting up. Knees to chest, easy double knee twist to begin flushing the back and kidneys out from being still all night, and some reclined side bends always feel good. Each night as you sleep the bodies tissue retracts. It is like cold Play-Doh that needs to be rolled out and warmed to make it longer and more workable. Applying these gentle movements when we awaken lengthens and stretches our tight bodies preparing us for all movement throughout the day.

3. Meditate

Sit up and spend 5 minutes watching and lengthening your breath. Learning to listen to all that going on inside without engaging with whatever arises. Try to rest in the spaces of no thought or between breaths. Hang back and observe, breath and be with yourselfits only 5 minutes of quiet you time. Take it, you won't regret it!

4. Set an Intention

Before you leave your bed, set an intention for the day, choose a positive word or uplifting statement that can meet you where you are right in that moment!

5. Hot water with lemon!

We've all heard about the benefits of starting the day with warm water and lemon. Well, it's for real! Start your morning this way to help aid the digestive system and make the process of eliminating the waste products from the body easier.

If you don't have fresh lemons in the house, add food grade lemon essential oil to the water. Once you try lemon essential oil in your water you may never need to buy real lemons again.

Then with a sweet gentle smile on your face you can carry on with your day spreading kindness and peace to all you meet.

For more information or to contact Angel at AngelLuciaYoga.com.

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