Wake Up and Dance: Hack Your Mornings with a Jam Session

Me (circa 2011) dancing with my study abroad homies in some random plaza in some beautifully enchanting small Italian town.

Recently, I’ve expanded my morning routine to include a little dance party. It’s been glorious and I thought it might be worth sharing.

Mornings are rough for all of us, even those of us to identify as “morning people,” like myself. I thoroughly enjoy mornings but the first 10 minutes of being awake can be a struggle. I thoroughly dislike the discomfort and stiffness that I feel in my body upon waking. In an ideal world, I could start every single morning with a full on yoga asana practice, capped off with some meditation and breath exercises. In real life, however, these kinds of mornings are hard to come by. While I have solidified the habit of meditating each morning, it’s really challenging to focus my mind if my body is cranky. This is where a jam comes in handy.

What’s makes your body want to move more than music? A few weeks ago, I woke up with a song in my head/heart and I decided to just play it. I naturally started to move and before I knew it, I was grooving and my body was organically coming to life. After the song finished, I settled down into my meditation without the distraction of tight muscles. Since then, I’ve been choosing a song to wake up to each morning and it’s become an asset to my morning. Not only is an efficient way to warm up your body but it’s also fun. It forces me to smile and sets a tone of joy for my day. I highly encourage you to give it a try. Even if you’re skeptical or not into dancing (¯\_(ツ)_/¯), you might be surprised at how effective it is for giving you a little jolt of happiness at the top of your day.

Here are a few tips for establishing your wake up and dance routine: 

Pick a song that makes you want to move. I recommend choosing a different song every week or every few days to keep it fresh. Some of the songs that I have made my morning playlist recently have been: Slide by Keven Harris ft. Frank Ocean and Migos,  Technicolour Beat by Oh Wonder, and Electric by Elina Baraz ft. Khalid. 

Move in any way that feels good. For me, it’s usually some combination of yoga poses/stretches and my Saturday night dance floor two-step. Just get into it. 

Don’t take yourself too seriously. Just feel into your body. It really doesn’t matter what you do. At the end of the day (or in this case, at the beginning), you’re taking a little time for yourself to get into your body and gear it up for the day. 

If you live with other people, headphones are a thing. No excuses! 

And if you’re still not convinced, here’s a little inspo for ya. 

Dance away. 

Will you try this? Let me know what songs you’re using to jumpstart your mornings in the comments! 


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