Rise and Shine: Reasons to Join the 5am Club


Yogis refer to rising early and preparing yourself for your day as your daily Sadhana. It can incorporate yoga, meditation, mantra, or prayer. Why would you walk out your door without preparing for what you will face today?

Robin Sharma, one of the world’s premier thinkers on leadership, personal growth and life management calls this time the “holy hour” or the 5 o’clock club.

The body is naturally set for cleansing in the early morning hours. It is the ideal time to cleanse yourself of your subconscious doubts and fears.

Before you walk out your door, prepare for what lies ahead. Release what lies in the subconscious through the natural cleansing process of your practice. If you don’t work on letting go, your actions become ruled by the subconscious. You are destined to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.

Through the practice of morning Sadhana you become free of conditioned responses. You can see things for what they are, because your judgment isn’t clouded with past emotion. You become free.

Many schools have a formalized practice for the early hours. In the Kundalini tradition, the Aquarian Sadhana is practiced. The day starts with a cold shower, a warm-up yoga set, and specific mantras.

Robin Sharma’s Sadhana incorporates exercise, journaling, reading or listening to an audio book, and then a great cup of coffee.

There is no one formula for everyone. What time should you get up? That’s up to you.

As Mr. Iyengar says, if you’re sacrificing sleep for your early morning meditation practice and then you’re miserable for your friends and family to be around, you should reconsider when you are waking up.

Maybe you should join the “7am club” instead of the “5am club”

One of the greatest gifts of the 5am club is the development of willpower and stamina. You get up whether you want to or not, and that is a victory over the self.

This is how you begin the process of Self-Mastery.


Gloria Latham

Best known for her yoga detox workshops and yoga raves, Gloria Latham is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT 500) at the 500 hour level with yoga Alliance and is Director of Yoga Teacher Training at Semperviva Yoga College.

Her Kundalini yoga classes are a dynamic, powerful, fast paced and effective form of yoga, designed to stimulate the nervous system, glandular system and the immune system.

Gloria Latham found her passion for Kundalini yoga when she discovered how immediate the benefits of the practice are. Her commitment and drive has led her to open four Semperviva Yoga Studios in Vancouver, and to lead retreats and teacher trainings on the island of Kythira in Greece, her favorite place to practice and island home. It is her dream to continue to take students to this magical island so they can experience the power of yoga, combined with the rugged passionate, raw energy of the Greek Islands for a truly transformative experience.

Using her personal studies into all styles of yoga with some of the world?s finest teachers including Gurmukh, Mark Whitwell, Rolf Gates, Shiva Rea, Dharma Mittra, Max Strom and Seane Corn, Gloria Latham aims to center the mind and open the spirit with her classes. Benefits of her classes include weight control, relief from stress and insomnia, enhanced creativity, lymphatic cleansing, liver detoxification, balancing the heart and mind, and developing will-power. Each Kundalini yoga class includes centering oneself with a mantra, warm up, a specific yoga postures set, deep relaxation and meditation.


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