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 snooze? Did they have to only 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 this gorgeous gal Sophie Shieff, yoga and pilates instructor and face behind Crossing Paths!
Sophie is a yoga and pilates instructor, a mindfulness advocate and a workplace consultant…at just 26 she is the epitome of wellness and is taking the world of ‘Yogalates’ by storm with her company crossingxpaths !
Tell us, what does your morning look like as you roll out of bed…
Usually I wake up and have to move as silently as possible to not wake up my better half (apparently I don’t do this very well). I rummage around for my active wear and then go for an early morning walk, do a personal yoga practice or barre class.
Some mornings I struggle with fitting in a 15 minute meditation so when I’m walking I make sure I’m present, walking mindfully and interacting with my surroundings. I stop to smell roses, pick rosemary and rub fresh lavender on my neck. Sometimes I even sit on a bench for a few rounds of breathing.
However, I ensure I really listen to my body so some rainy mornings I lay in bed and just snuggle. Nothing really beats being close and comforted by someone you love and if you need more sleep, just sleep in!
Warm showers and a nourishing breakfasts are a must!
Four days of the week I am out on the road visiting clients at their workplace and one day a week I work from home. Because I do a lot of driving, getting my exercise in first thing really puts me in a good mood and productive mindset for the day.
What’s the first thing you drink?
A shot of apple cider vinegar followed by a big glass of water.
What’s the first thing you eat?
I always aim to make my first meal of the day with organic ingredients. My weekday breakfast consists of soaked oats, berries, LSA, almonds, ground cinnamon and ginger topped with coconut yoghurt and cacao nibs. On the weekends I splash out! Eggs, smoked salmon and avocado on kumara sourdough is my favourite!
What’s your favourite way to move your body in the morning?
Walking, barre, running or yoga. I like to mix it up but always take time for some deep breathing and tuning in.
How important is stillness or ‘quiet space’ first thing?
Very important. I like to eat my breakfast with no “stimulation”. I usually just sit in silence, no TV or phone by my side. I just sit and appreciate every mouthful. I love food and just observing.
Describe your ultimate morning. No obligations…?
On an ideal morning, I would rise early for a 15 minute meditation before I walk with a friend. We would walk close to the ocean or through nature, chatting away and watching the sun rise. There is a lovely energy in the air before the sun rises and being awake to see the sky light up fills me with so much joy and gratitude.
I love strolling along the beach and feeling the sand under my toes. At the end of coastal walks I like to just sit in silence and watch the water or waves crashing.
Afterwards, I would try out the latest cafes in the area or visit the local markets to buy fresh produce for the week, with a fresh smoothie in hand.
My morning would be topped off by seeing family and playing with my gorgeous nephew Ed.
Please share your favourite breakfast recipe…what’s your go-to?
½ cup organic bircher museli (usually coconut, apricot and almond) soaked over night in water
2 teaspoons coconut yoghurt
1 sliced banana
1 tablespoon Bestow Beauty Oil
Simple and delicious!
Connect with Sophie:
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