One of the best parts of the Miracle Morning routine is that as you get going, you fill your toolbox with the tools that will help you build the life you want. As part of chronicling my Miracle Mornings, I thought I’d start sharing some of the tools I use daily.
From the start I knew that I wanted the Exercise segment of my routine to be yoga. After a traumatic neck/shoulder injury in 2007, it was yoga and my chiropractor who helped me recover. I practiced yoga at least once week for a few years before falling out of the habit, primarily because the classes were offered at awkward times for my schedule. After another traumatic injury in 2012, affecting the entire right side of my body, I knew I needed to get back to regular yoga practice. But how? The classes I’d attended previously were still awkwardly scheduled, and just the effort of getting started was daunting.
When I decided to begin The Miracle Morning, I started looking for online yoga classes. They needed to be of the “yoga flow” variety, focusing more on gentle stretching than intense muscle-building. I also wanted a yogi who was, how do I say this…grounded. Connecting with the breath and calming the mind is integral to my yoga practice, but crystals and messages from guardian angels, not so much.
Enter Adriene Mishler and her You Tube channel, Yoga with Adriene!
Adriene is a young Austinite with a gentle teaching style and a silly sense of humor. She strikes the right balance of nurturing, teaching, and being excited about doing something she loves. Her videos are free, and there are dozens! Here are my favorites:
This 20-minute sequence is a great introduction (or reintroduction) to yoga. I followed this routine for the first couple of weeks to get a feel for Adriene’s teaching style.
Another 20-minute sequence, I now practice this 4 or 5 mornings out of the week. It’s a full-body routine with an amazing variation on Cat/Cow that is soooo nice for the hips/lower back.
Digestive issues have plagued me for most of my life, and this practice gets me back on track. I try to do it at least once per week, twice if needed. Warning: don’t do this one more than two days in a row; it really gets things moving!
Gentle Yummy Yoga (aka Hip Hip Hooray!)
Part of Adriene’s 30 Days of Yoga series from January, this practice targets the hips and lower back, two chronic problem areas for me. I like all of the poses, but the Reclining Pigeon is pure gold. This is my go-to practice for days when I’m going to be sitting a lot, like when I’m traveling or on deadline.
Adriene has several videos for specific issues; this one is primarily for runners, but it has helped me with inner-thigh muscle pain that popped up recently. It’s also one of the few routines I do that includes balancing on one leg. Still working on that!
Ladies, trust me on this one.
This is just the tip of the Yoga with Adriene iceberg. If you’re at all interested in limbering up your body, in lubricating your joints, in building muscle, in learning to be present in your own body, then you need this tool in your toolbox!