Before arriving at Blue Osa, my morning rituals consisted of:
Snoozing the alarm about three of four times
Waking in a panic - as I hadn't left myself enough time
Feeding the cats
Getting ready for work
Rushing out of the door to get in the car and drive/stick in traffic to work.
It was manic, there was no thought into what I was doing, I found myself on auto pilot and didn't even take time for myself, let alone have anything to eat or drink.
Since arriving at Blue Osa, that has all changed.
Every morning, I am woken 4.30am by the sound of a bell ringing. It's still dark outside and it is time to start the morning rituals. They consist of Kriya's and Pranayama's:
Kriya - a series of postures, breath, and sound that work toward a specific outcome. Practicing a kriya initiates a sequence of physical and mental changes that affect the body, mind, and spirit simultaneously.
Pranayama - the formal practice of controlling the breath, which is the source of our prana, or vital life force
Kriya's in our morning practice:
Hot water with Ginger and Lemon
Candle gazing - Trataka
Mantra - Gayatri
Kapalbhati breathing - Automatic inhale, forced exhale, purifies and cleans the lungs
Agni Sara - vital in building core strength and targets the abdominal organs, centers the chakras responsible for regulating and carrying out the instinctive life of the body, and balances the 3rd chakra
Pranayama's in our morning practice:
Nadi Shodhana - alternate nostril breathing
61 point relaxation
Listen to the sounds
Feel your skin
Observe your thoughts
Be the witness
Om Asatomia sad gamaya
The morning rituals are completed by 6.15am, when the sun has risen to welcome us to the new day.
We take walks around the grounds/beach before having some fruit and tea, we are also practicing silence until 7.30am every morning.
It is a great way to start every morning, it teaches us to focus inwards and to take the time to appreciate ourselves and the world around us.