Self Care Morning Routine!

I’ve been trying to get into a solid morning routine where I can indulge in some self care and help me prepare for the day! Check out what I’ve been doing!

MINI WORKOUT

I found a quick, but effective workout on Pinterest called 6 Minute Before Shower Workout.

That workout consists of:

15 squats

15 pushups

30 second plank

15 bicycle crunch

As soon as I get out of bed, I start my workout. I started doing this on Monday and it’s been working out pretty well so far!

I’m not a fan of exercising so this routine is a good start for me to get back into the groove of exercising again!

As listed, this part of my routine takes about 6 minutes.

SUN SALUTATION

After I do my workout, I do a sun salutation sequence. I like doing this sequence because the poses flow so well one after the other.

For those that don’t know, sun salutation is a set of 12 yoga poses that helps with stretching, flexing, and toning the muscles. It also offers health benefits like relaxing the mind and help your body produce energy.

After doing this yoga sequence, I jump in the shower and I actually have a few personal motivational affirmations that I say everyday while taking a shower. It’s helps me get into a good mindset in order to be able to take on the day!

This takes me about 3 minutes to complete my yoga stretches.

MEDITATION

I then do a mini meditation session where I’ll listen to either a guided meditation or I listen to calming sounds on this app called Mindfulness. My favorite sounds to listen to are the beach sounds because that’s where I want to be everyday, all the time!

For my guided meditation, I listen to Michael Sealey on Youtube, he has a lot of options to choose from. Here is a link to one of the videos I like to listen to: Michael Sealey’s Guided Meditation

But I listen to the short 10-15 minute videos. It consists of soothing background music as he provides instructions on helping you to completely relax during the meditation session. His voice is so calming I can listen to him talk all day! Haha

I spend on average 10-15 minutes during my meditation sessions. If I have more time in the morning, then I’ll extend my session. If I wake up late or don’t have a lot of time in the morning, I listen to Mindfulness App for 5 minutes so I can still get in my meditation for the morning. Believe me, it makes a difference!

MUSIC IS LIFE!

After my mini meditation session, I start to get dressed and ready for work. As I’m doing that, I listen to my favorite upbeat songs on Pandora or my favorite tunes on Youtube to give me some energy before leaving my place.

It may sound like a lot of things that I do, but it really isn’t. And once you get a good flow going, it’ll be easier to do.

I’ve been noticing that I have more energy in the mornings because of my routine that I’ve come up with, so I’m happy to see the improvement!

I hope this gives you good some ideas on coming up with a morning routine for yourself!

Do you have a self care morning routine?! If so, what do you like to do to prepare for the day?!

Sources:

Destressmonday.org

Pinterest.com

Yogapedia.com

Alvin Ailey Ballet Class in NYC!

Alvin Ailey was a dance choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. He is credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American participation in concert dance.

Growing up, my mother took dance class with Alvin Ailey. Here is a picture of her in NYC.

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater offers numerous dance classes and workshops for those who may not have any dance experience but want to give these classes a try!

I grew up dancing ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance. So dancing is in my blood! Haha! I’ve been wanting to take a class here at the theater so I finally signed up for the Absolute Beginner Ballet Class.

My dance instructor was Anna Lederfeind, originally from Belgium and is a very prestigious ballet instructor. I enjoyed her teaching our class because she was very personable but she also was very stern and made sure every single person was doing every ballet move correctly.

What’s even more awesome is that we had a pianist playing the piano as we were doing our ballet moves! It was pretty awesome! Made me feel like I was in those ballet classes that you see in movies or on tv!

If you enjoy dancing, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater also offers dance and fitness classes that include Afro-Carribean, Ballet, Capoeira, Contemporary, Dance Fitness/Cardio, Hip Hop Street Styles, Horton, Jazz Theater Dance, Pilates Stretch/Core, Salsa, Samba, Tap, West African Dance, and Yoga!

Self Care Routine!

Since it’s warming up, I’ve been trying to ease into working out so I can get my summer bod! Ohh Yeah! 

I’m actually kind of lazy at times when it comes to working out and I would normally do a quick 20-30 minute workout once I came home from work. But after work, I just want to relax so most times I just wasn’t in the mood to workout.

So I’ve made some adjustments, and I’ve been doing a light workout/selfcare routine in the morning. 

My Self Care Morning Routine:

I do a variation 100 crunches, then I start off with 10 regular push ups and I add about 1-3 extra push-ups each day.

After that, I do a few yoga poses, I meditate, then I read for about 5-10 minutes. 

It’s been working out really well for me because it helps prepare me physically, mentally, and spiritually for the day! 

I will keep this up, but I’ll probably add different workouts to my routine like squats or light weight lifting, etc. 

Do you have a self care morning routine? 

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