It’s been said time and time again that attaining a morning ritual or taking solo time before the pressures of the day begin, can truly help success, productivity and happiness.
Call us nosy, but we’ve always been curious about how other people spend their mornings before they arrive in the public eye, polished for their day.
We wonder, what did they eat for breakfast? Did they meditate? Did they stretch? Did they hit the snooze button? Did they only need to worry about themselves or a family…? So many curious questions!
Follow along as we step into the mornings of a wide range of successful ladies from all over and to uncover what habits put the spring in their morning step…
This week we chat to the lovely yogi Claire Robbie…
Mama of toddler Jack Jozef, yoga & mindful living facilitator at The Movement Lab, founder of surf and yoga retreat company, Jack & Olive Retreats and WUN. – coming February, 2017.
Tell us, what does your morning look like as you roll out of bed…?
Ahhh the mornings….I have actually only had some semblance of normality and consistency restored to my mornings in the past 3 months. My toddler Jack, was a godawful sleeper until he was 2.5. It was torturous, and mornings became my nemisis. It was a huge lesson in taking each day as it comes and letting go of expectations and being ok with being a grumpy asshole sometimes…. My appreciation of over 6 hours solid sleep cannot be understated. So now I’m back to the pre-baby routine of early morning meditation and sometimes some gentle and very quiet yoga (must not wake said toddler). I have just completed a Vedic Meditation course, a form of meditation pretty different to what I used to practice and am really excited that this is now part of my ritual/life. I set the alarm 30 mins before I think J will wake.
For me, a good, grounded start to the day sets the tone for everything so I do, I find it really important not to rush and to be present – easier said than done, many mornings with a toddler, so I just try and go easy on myself. Some mornings I’m on fire, some mornings I put my phone in the fridge.
What’s the first thing you drink?
Water, and then lemon and ACV. And then I have black tea with milk and honey. I stopped drinking coffee a few months ago as the rubbish sleep I was getting, combined with the caffeine hit on my nervous system was compounding that afternoon crash.
What’s the first thing you eat?
Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day. A good brekkie is another part of the foundation on top of which I build my day. If my boyfriend Mitch has stayed with us we get some amazing egg concoction with organic greens from the garden and a green smoothie that will involve our garden greens, banana, coconut water as a base and then whatever else we have on hand. If it’s just J and I, it’ll be oatmeal with nuts, yoghurt and honey or some kind of chia pudding I’ve made the night before with various fruit, granola, nuts, coconut yoghurt – whatever is in the fridge/pantry.
What’s your favourite way to move your body in the morning?
Movement in the morning is absolutely crucial for me and I make it a priority before I start my work day. Especially when Jack was sleeping badly, moving was one of the main ways I would pull myself out of the funk of tiredness and resistance. Jack spends the weekdays with his Tata (Daddy in Polish) or Grandma as I have a pretty full-on work schedule. So once he’s off for the day, I’ll either go for a run, do a cardio/heavy weight workout at Les Mills or get to an Ashtanga class. Now that the sun is out a bit more I have been cranking the Kennedy Park Stairs. I always incorporate yoga and breathwork into whatever I’m doing. I’ve never been one to exercise in the afternoon or the evening as I find I’m far more focused, productive and calm if I get some movement in early. If I don’t, I feel like I haven’t brushed my teeth.
How important is stillness or ‘quiet space’ first thing?
I have learned that for me, it is absolutely crucial. Even if I get 5 minutes of quiet time, before J wakes, it can make all the difference in the day. If I can find my centre and ground before I leave the house to tackle work, people, traffic, the world, there is space between reactions, my monkey-mind isn’t as bananas and I make decisions from the best place. It’s so much easier to have boundaries and focus when you practice a bit of mindfulness.
Describe your ultimate morning. No kids, no obligations…?
That’s an easy one and part of the reason I created my retreat company was to share my idea of a perfect morning with our retreat guests as I truly believe there isn’t much that’s better than a bloody good morning.
They have a simple formula –
1. Wake up in a beautiful location;
2. A cup of cleansing tea and some fruit;
3. 20 min meditaion session as the sun is coming up;
4. An incredible yoga class to iron out the night’s kinks and make you feel open and free for the day ahead;
5. A delicious, healthy, locally sourced breakfast with good conversation and company; and then finally, a morning surf.
Please share your favourite breakfast recipe…what’s your go-to?
My favourite brekkie is really simple. Poached eggs, some greens and good grainy toast with lots of butter.
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