My Morning Ritual: Emily Meersand

In addition to teaching Power Vinyasa Yoga, Emily Meersand founded and helps run the Health & Wellness Initiative at Yelp, where she works full time. Emily also leads Power Teacher Trainings, and with all of that on her plate, a morning routine is essential to having a successful day.

So how exactly does Emily start her mornings?

I wake up at 5:45am (and usually hit the snooze button until 6am). First thing I do when I get out of bed is turn some music on to get the day going – either reggae or my yoga playlist for the week (check it out on Spotify).

I immediately drink one large glass of water. I love drinking kombucha in the morning, but if I don’t have one handy, I’ll brew some loose leaf Yerba Mate tea. Protein is important in the morning, so Chobani yogurt is my jam.

Then, it’s out the door and into the world. I hop on the bus to take me to SOMA, whether it’s to the yoga studio or my desk at Yelp.

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On the bus ride, I always do two things:

  1. I look at my calendar to see what’s on the agenda for the day and to mentally prepare myself for any classes I’m teaching or meetings I’m running
  2. I meditate – I use the Headspace app for a quick 10-20 minute meditation to make sure I’m in the right mindset for the day

I have a brisk 15-20 minute walk from the bus to either my office or the yoga studio – headphones in, music on! If I have extra time on mornings I don’t teach, I’ll try to work up a sweat by taking a yoga class before work.

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Come to think of it, my yoga classes actually mirror my mornings! Each class incorporates breath, heat and music. That’s exactly what my mornings look like, too: breath (meditation), heat (morning walk or sweat), and music (bumpin’ in my headphones).

Follow Emily and catch one of her energetic and challenging classes in downtown San Francisco.

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