Like everybody’s, my morning is a practice in multitasking. I switch things up depending on the day. Some mornings I teach an early Class or meeting; some mornings I have some time alone or am with the kids at home.
Either way, my routine is consistent: I wake up, brush my teeth—and my tongue—and rinse my face. Right away, I always put on a mask. I’ve learned if I don’t put it on first thing, I won’t ever do it. I love Dr. Barbara Sturm’s mask—it’s clear, so I don’t scare my kids. But I try lots of different ones, too. Twice a week, I change it up to exfoliate with the goop Instant Facial. You have to keep your eye on that one. If you leave it on too long, your face is on fire—but it’s so good!
I go to the kitchen with the mask on and have a large glass of water with lemon and add a little turmeric or cayenne. A few rounds of uddiyana bandha [yogic breathing] feels best on an empty stomach, so I do that, too.
If I’m teaching an early Class—I am a big fan of morning workouts before eating—I take 100 milligrams of L-carnitine, a type of amino acid. I take it on an empty stomach before working out. It transports fatty acids into the mitochondria so they can be used as fuel. [Read More…]