Raw, adjective: 9. disagreeably damp and chilly, as the weather or air: a raw, foggy day at the beach.


Monday morning. You can feel the collective sigh emanating from around the City as people head back to work in the fog.

Have you thought about getting up 10 minutes earlier and throwing a few simple yoga postures in to start your day? Just ten minutes. I know it's tough. But you don't need a class. And it can really change everything.

I was about 21, in college, when I started rolling out of bed — usually hungover from the previous night's cheap beer and 2 a.m. pizza — and groggily, before even brewing a pot of coffee, easing into a few forward folds. Those forward folds turned into Janu Sirsasana and Upavistha Konasana, and every morning since then I've started the day that way. I didn't know at the time that I was doing yoga; I just knew that it felt good, and in part was just selfishly trying to retain my flexibility for dance stuff. After awhile, that simple practice grew to the point where I could no longer just jump into a new day without those few minutes' stillness and silence and opening.

Play with it. See if you can build even a few minutes into your morning. They will change your day.

In case you don't quite know where to start, Whole Living has a great little photo feature on Surya Namaskar A, also known as the Sun Salutation. Sun Salutations are such a good simple way to get out of your head and get your blood moving for the day, and you've probably done a thousand of them if you've done one, so your tired body will naturally know what to do. Check the piece out for helpful commentary from Shiva Rea, pose-by-pose asana illustrations, and a lovely translation of the Gayatri Mantra, as well.

Yoga: Sun Salutation (Whole Living)

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