Amrit Vela, the ambrosial period just before dawn. It is believed to be an auspicious time and a period in which the guard of the ego is relaxed.
Think about it--your head has just lifted from the pillow. You have NO motives, no imperatives, no fronts or inhibitions. Your mind is open and clear, untainted. Your body a canvas and your spirit still plugged into it's greater source.
I just learned of the Amrit Vela from a newsletter I receive through email. Though I couldn't explain it, I have long preferred an early morning practice, one that begins before the sun rises and ends in the soft glow of a new day.
If I sleep past the dawning of day, I am more sluggish and less inspired than when I salute the oncoming day with my practice.
At 5:00 this morning, my male yoga friends met me at the studio and the three of us moved through our own personal practices. There were no words, just breath and presence as we individually communed with self and source.
I closed my practice with a japa mala meditation and for the first time in a long time, I felt centered, peaceful and present.
At least for me, ego was chillin' and so was I.