Early To Bed, Early To Rise…

Early To Bed, Early To Rise…

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Early To Bed, Early To Rise…

“Early To Bed, Early To Rise, Makes A Person Healthy, Wealthy, And Wise!”

In Kundalini Yoga and many other forms of yoga, martial arts, and meditation, we are taught to rise early in the morning.  The purpose for this is to rise in the early morning hours called “ambrosial hours” (the two and a half hours just before sunrise), this is when the sun is at a sixty-degree angle to the earth, Your world is quieter because people are at rest. It’s easier to meditate and concentrate before the hustle and bustle of the day begins.

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
Where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.
~ Rumi

Deepak Chopra is always putting out books, did you know he only writes for two hours a day?  He wakes at 4am, and writes until 6am, those two hours are like writing for 4 hours because the mind is so focused.  When you wake up early your mind is focused on the reason you got up, by the end of the day your mind is focused on everything else but the reason you woke up that day.  This is why it’s a perfect time to get things done, a perfect time for a spiritual practice, this is why I wake up and do my yoga practice in those hours, my efforts are maximized.

For those of you who may be thinking, “You’re crazy, I could never wake up that early,” well, I know you can, but it takes baby steps.  If you wake up at 7 or 8am right now, you wouldn’t just start off by waking at 4am, that would be way to big of a shift for you and it will be hard to keep up.

Instead start simple, wake up 20 minutes early, then progress more until you are waking up even earlier, this will re train your body.  Also, if you are wanting to start waking earlier you will have to go to bed earlier too.  I know from experience if I go to bed too late, it is super hard to get my butt out of bed.  We must be responsible for our well being, we must be responsible for growing more each day, isn’t that what life is about!

Now that I’ve been doing this for years I love and look forward to my quiet time in the early morning.  At this point I don’t get my kids up, I used to do that but they slept through the whole thing, instead I get this time to myself.  I love how quiet and peace full the home is, and if I’m feeling really tired after my yoga practice I simply lay back down for a half hour nap, until our children rise.

Just think about how wonderful this could be for you, but don’t take it from me, do this yourself and let me know what you experiance.

Much Love To You,

Siri Shakti


About Siri Shakti Kaur Ardebili

Siri Shakti was born and raised in Pleasanton California. She now lives in Southern California, with her husband and three young children. She is an author, poet, artist, teacher and life coach.

It is her purpose in life to uplift and encourage women to their highest potential. Truly reclaiming their inner strength so that they may be bountiful, beautiful, and blissful.

Siri Shakti is a committed Yogi, devoting her life to Mastery and the Kundalini Yoga Life style. She is a Homeschooling and attachment parenting advocate.

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  • I agree with this. The more early you rest, the more early you will rise and your brain is well functioning.

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  • Taylancaster

    How early do you go to bed to get up at 4 am?

  • Guru Shakti

    Hello!  To wake up at 4am, I do my best to get in bed by 10:30pm.  Now life does happen…  and we have three kids as well.  There are some nights that I get in bed later, and I usually get up at 5:15am instead.  You just have to find a balance that works.  For a while I went through a a few months where I woke at 4am, did a hour of yoga and some meditation, and then fell back to sleep for another hour and a half.  My son was a new born and that is just what worked for me at that time.  Try to figure out how this works for you, and how it fits into your life best.  Happy New year,
    Guru Shakti