Wake Up!

kitten savasana

I am a serial snoozer. I am rarely able to get up and out of bed as soon as my alarm clock goes off.

Sometimes, I fall asleep again for another 10 or 20 minutes. However, when those 20 minutes cut in to what I do before getting ready (e.g., feed the cat, pet the cat, look at cat pics on Instagram… and, oh ya,  yoga!), I then have to rush around just so I can catch my bus. I hate running out the door in a rush. That’s just not how I want to start my morning.

To try and avoid that, I set my alarm 15 or 20 minutes before I actually want to get up. But then I’m cheating myself out of those precious last moments sleep, which are especially important when I’m getting up at 5:30.

Argh, there must be a better way! *shaking fists up to the sky*

Cue to this past Sunday’s class… While being gently coaxed out of savasana, I had a waking-up-epiphany – why not get up the same way I rise out of savasana??!

  • Deepen and bring your awareness to your breath.
  • Start to wiggle your fingers and toes to gently introduce movement back to your body.
  • Reach your hands overhead to stretch out from head to toe.
  • With your eyes still closed, turn on to your right side for a few breaths.
  • Using the strength of your hands, bring yourself to an easy sitting position, legs crossed.
  • Finally, thank yourself for a good night’s rest!

Namaste.

Update: Ok, this totally worked last week, but for the past 2 days, I’ve been lying in bed for almost an hour before getting up. Oh well –  they call it a practice for a reason…