Wake up at 5am, meditate and do a morning practice, have a healthy green juice & gluten free toast, pack a vegan lunch etc – if that’s the routine you think all yoga teachers do, then I’m sad to disappoint you!
I’m from Singapore, which means I would happily sleep in to 8am, wake up to the smell of fresh coffee and have a sumptuous breakfast with scrambled eggs on toast (okay, 13 years in Sydney means I’m adding smashed avocado on my toast these days. That said, I do draw the line at vegemite). I cannot stand the sight of any juice that looks green. I blame my parents for that – “Eat your greens,” they would say. I don’t think they ever said, “Drink your greens”. A 5am morning yoga practice? Hah! You’ve got to be kidding me. But I would happily teach a midnight class anytime.
However, I also know that to grow, we need to do something different and somewhat challenging every now and then. I remember a guy with crazy hair once said that doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result is insanity. So I thought to myself – what would happen if I started a morning practice? You know, set an intention in the morning, move the body in a yoga practice, focus the mind… that kinda stuff. Now, I also know myself, a home practice isn’t quite going to get my sorry ass out of the bed in the morning. And honestly, 5am is just too early for me.
So instead, I’m starting a 6:30am class in the studio every Tuesdays and Fridays. Granted, it’s not every day. But it’s a start at doing something different and challenging for me.
If you are an early riser, please join me in this little crazy adventure. If you are not an early riser, just remember that the teacher leading the class isn’t either, and is struggling just as hard as you. Apparently, there are over 20 reasons why we should practise yoga in the morning (read here), just in case you need some more motivation.
Now if you can’t make 6:30am, don’t forget that we also have 9:30am classes on Tuesdays and Fridays too!
Written by Angela