How To Ditch Your Alarm Clock for Better Mornings With Yoga Wake Up
By Nicole Charky
Waking up is hard to do. And some days your abrupt alarm feels brutal.
But there’s good news: You can step away from the dreaded, loud alarm wails and urge to snooze in the morning. Instead, you can switch it up and try using yoga and meditation to ease into your life.
Yoga Wake Up is an app designed to help you start your day in a peaceful way with short, audio-guided yoga and meditation conveniently delivered to your bedside.
Instead of that jarring alarm, Yoga Wake Up’s 5-15 minute, audio-guided sequences offer a smoother transition from dreamland. They also guarantee that you’ll start your morning on a more positive note. Each sequence, created by renowned yoga teachers from around the globe, inspires you to set an intention for your day and welcomes you awake with a bit of a stretch and some kind words of encouragement.
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HOW TO USE IT
Here’s the best part: you don’t have to go to a yoga studio. This is a do-your-own-thing operation. And the headquarters are in your bed or mat.
Instead of setting your alarm, you can set your favorite yoga sequence or meditation, along with the day, time and volume you want to hear it at. Yoga Wake Up will take care of the rest, helping you transition from a dreamland to a mindful meditation when the time is right.
If you’re not someone that uses an alarm to wake up, good for you! Yoga Wake Up can also be played anytime at your convenience. It also offers bedtime sequences to transition into a relaxing state of rest.
HOW TO GET STARTED
You can break up with your alarm clock. You can put an end to the ridiculous amount of time you spend on Instagram every morning. Replace it with something that feels good and is good for you.
Try by simply downloading Yoga Wake Up on the App Store or on Google Play. DTGS is offering special pricing for our community accessible via this link (you must click it from your mobile device for it to work!).
With the DTGS discount, your Yoga Wake Up subscription is $4.99 per month, $24.99 for 6 months or $34.99 per year. You’re charged through your iTunes or Google Play account. You can even do a 7-day free trial to see how you like it.
And voila! You’re a download away from a good habit and general lifestyle upgrade.
Try it out. It might feel counterintuitive to you at first, but committing to a week of wakeups will give you a chance to experience some of the benefits. Try viewing those minutes as an investment and see how it could ultimately bring you joy from using your phone in a positive, useful way. As a tool, and new daily ritual, it’s something to test out and see how it works for you.
Here’s the nitty gritty: To get started with Yoga Wake Up, you can download the app and subscribe. Once you subscribe, you want to set yourself up for success by selecting the settings on your app according to your preferences.
Yoga Wake Up will ask you a few questions to kick it off, and once you get in the app, you can determine your notifications to remind you for bedtime and wake ups.
WAKE UP WITH YOGA WAKE UP
After you’ve done the basic setup on the app, follow these steps to take to schedule your wakeups:
You can explore different wake ups by theme and expert. Try previewing them to see if you like their vibe.
When you find one you love, choose "Wake up to this" which will start a download of that wake up.
Decide which day and time you want to be woken up by that wakeup.
On that same screen you can choose a bedtime reminder and decide on the volume for your wakeup based on your preference.
Tap "Save the alarm." And BAM! Your alarm is ready to go!
By morning, instead of an alarm, you’ll hear your selected audio-guided yoga or meditation sequence. You’ll hear music from artists including Prince, Bon Iver and Bob Marley. There’s also instrumental guitar, jazz and hip hop options. You pick your yogi or meditation expert.
(This is all happening horizontal, in your pajamas.) Most of the options are in the morning, but you can also opt for an evening session, too.
Listen up, this is important!
In order for all of this to work, you need to make sure you accept all permissions within the app. This is especially important if you’re an iPhone user, because you’ll automatically opt-in to the Sleep Tracker which makes it possible for the app to run in the background.
If you don’t, in order for the alarm to go off, you have to have the app open in the foreground. It has to be the most recent app you have opened. Period. If you choose to go down that road, the best way is to open the app when you get your bedtime reminder and then leave your phone alone.
Android users, you don’t have to worry! This is a non-issue for you.
Mornings might simply suck for you.
If you’re a working person with a busy schedule, it generally might be hard to leave your cozy bed for the work day. But what if you knew that spending 10 minutes a day could not only help you ease into your day but also build those healthier habits you've been dreaming about?
If you’re trying to manage stress, spend less time on social media, or deepen your breath, Yoga Wake Up has yoga sequences and meditations designed to help. You can also find wakeups that focus on boosting your energy, awakening your creativity, and loosening your muscles. The benefits you want to experience are literally at your fingertips.
START BUILDING HABITS
Start to build the habits you want and work on using more action-oriented, habit-building wake ups that Yoga Wake Up is introducing in the new year. Those include:
Morning Presence and Evening Presence by Arielle Marie Fanelli: A 2-part bed yoga and meditation sequence for morning and night focused on teaching you to use social media less and setting an intention to be more present throughout the day.
Start with Self-Love by Erin Ward: A meditation to lay the foundation for complete and unconditional self-love. When effort and intention is combined with love for yourself, you are unstoppable!
Believe Achieve by Arielle Marie Fanelli: An intention-setting wake up yoga sequence done from bed to recognize your goals and step into your power to achieve them, whatever they may be.
Dream Big by Alex Dawson: A visualization that inspires you to dream up and plant a seed of intention for whatever it is you would like to cultivate more of in your life.
There are other benefits you can expect, including discovering inspiring content, teachers and a community—no matter where you are in your meditation or yoga practice.
Try it for one week, each day and see what you think. Try scheduling wakeups for the week all at once.
Take note of how you feel and write it down. How do your mornings feel after trying out the app? Do they feel the same? Do they feel different? And, have you noted any changes?
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