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Why you should be practicing a mindful morning

With all that is going on in the world right now, things can feel pretty stressful. Alongside work and training, it’s important to carve out at least a few minutes for yourself every day. One way to really make the most of your ‘me time’ is by practising mindfulness.

Mindfulness can be done at any time of the day, but practicing a mindful morning can set you up well for the day ahead. You can do this either through setting aside a few moments of calm, meditation, or practicing yoga, but it basically means taking the time to really notice any thoughts you may have or any sensations in your body.

How to practice a mindful morning

Yoga teacher, Jen Landesberg says that practicing a mindful morning plays a big part in her routine, and has shared some of her favourite poses for starting the day with clarity and good vibes.

Wave breaths

Place one hand on your chest and one on your belly space. Inhale into your lower belly, then your ribcage, and then your chest (all in one breath). You should feel the belly expand in the bottom hand, then the ribcage expands out and then feel the chest expand in the top hand. As you breathe out, focus on sinking the chest, the ribcage and then the belly. Jen recommends at least 10 rounds.

Side stretch

Sit on a cross leg position. Place you forearm down by your side and extend the opposite arm over to that side. If your sitting bone is lifting when your forearm drops then only slightly bend into that arm rather than dropping it all the way down. Hold for 3-5 breathes on both sides.

Seated figure of four

Sit at the edge of your bed. Place your ankle above the opposite knee. Keep your elevated foot flexed and then gently press your lifted knee towards the ground. Hold for 5 breathes on both sides.

Seated twist

Sit with your legs extended in front of you. Cross your right leg over and place your foot next to your left thigh. Bend into your left knee and position your left ankle next to your right bum cheek. Try to keep your sitting bones down. Hold for 5 to 10 breathes on both sides.

Shoulder flossing

Grab your PJ top or hoodie and roll it into a strap. Grab the opposite ends. Begin to lift your arms keeping your shoulders down and your ribs in. Try to move your arms in a full circle so they end up behind your back. Go forwards and backwards, inhaling as your lift and exhaling as you lower. I like to do about 5-10 of these.

 

Jen wears our Essentials Leggings and Bra, and Essentials Hoodie.

 

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Georgie is a Fashion Marketing and Communications MA graduate originally from the south. After University she went on to work in Sports for a leading sports equipment manufacturer, where she was lucky enough to work with world-class athletes, top trainers, and inspiring customers alike before taking the experience forward to MP. A somewhat reluctant early bird, Georgie manages to drag herself to the gym most mornings for 7:00 am HIIT sessions or weight training under the watchful eyes of a virtual PT. For some reason, Saturday night takeout always tastes better when accompanied by DOMS.