You May Also Like

The one wellness habit that can transform your relationship

Here’s why doing a.m. yoga with 100 people is weekend #goals

This is what self-love looks like, according to 11 wellness pros

Meet the buzzy plant that calms the mind—and naturally boosts collagen production

The one cardio workout Kelly Rowland will never do again

This book is the new “Wild”—and it might inspire you to change your life in surprising ways

The secret to a chill morning? Keep a “rage journal” at night


karen_lordWelcome to My Morning Routine, where Pilates rockstar Karen Lord and other good-life gurus share their personal (frequently surprising, often healthy) morning rituals—to help you make your a.m.’s more awesome.

Karen Lord
Founder, Karen Lord Pilates Movement

I have a ritual of dumping my brain into a journal at night. All my fears/worries/stresses/rage/hurt goes into the book—and the most important thing is that I never read what I’ve written. That’s really important. No one reads the rage journal. Ever. This helps me to wake up less anxious and more grateful that every day is a fresh start full of new opportunities.

I make sure my phone alarm is set to wake me up with something soothing. For a long time, it’s been singing bowls. The sound is deep, beautiful, mind-clearing, meditative, and slow.

I dry brush every morning with this great Mio dry brush—it’s my favorite one because it’s round, the wood is beautiful, and the bristles really get the circulation happening.

Post-shower, I have an intense skin oil ritual. A friend and client turned me on to Pratima and I am obsessed with her skin-care products. I use the Love and Vata oils from her line all over my body plus a nourishing one and this gorgeous turmeric cream for my face.

Before leaving the apartment, I add a cinnamon stick to my water bottle—incredible for calming the mind and de-bloating the digestive system!