For most of us, getting up at the crack of dawn is a special type of torture. If you don’t have a good reason to get up earlier than necessary, chances are you won’t.
But, there’s a lot to be said about waking up and doing beneficial yoga first thing in the morning. This comprehensive form of exercise has many healing benefits. Some might even say it has magical properties.
Still baulking at the thought of getting up earlier than necessary? We bet you’ll change your mind after reading these reasons why early morning yoga is the best thing for your body to start the day.
1) It helps set your breath for the coming day
Every day, you have a million things to do. But, when you start your day in asana, you become more mindful of your breath.
Breathwork calms your body and mind, making it easier for you to deal with difficult situations. When you embrace mindfulness during your practice, you’re more likely to cultivate breath awareness for the rest of the day.
2) It improves your mood
Yoga boosts your serotonin, your body’s natural happy hormone. Practising in the morning will make sure that you keep those happy brain chemicals flowing all day long.
3) It improves your mental clarity
Doing yoga in the morning ups the chance that your whole day will be spent in mindfulness. As such, you’re less likely to get caught up in the wave of negative thoughts that usually hijack your mind. So, if something makes you stray from your peaceful state of mind, you can do what needs to be done to reconnect to your zen.
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4) It can give you your alone-time for the day
Whether you are in a relationship, are a parent, or otherwise have a busy life, it can be hard to have a moment to yourself. But, when you wake up early in the morning to do yoga, it gives you ample time to nourish yourself. This alone time can help ground you, clear your mind, and connect you to your breath.
5) It helps tone your body
Although relaxing, yoga is still a form of exercise. So, don’t be surprised if you soon see your body changing shape i.e. more defined arms, a stronger back, longer looking legs, etc.
6) It increases energy levels
Moving your body increases the flow of oxygen and fresh blook through your muscles, invigorating your body in the process. With a clear focus and more oxygenated cells, you will usher in a state of relaxed energy.
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7) It improves your sleep
Generally, yoga helps practitioners sleep better at night. But, when you couple this with getting up early in the morning, you are virtually guaranteed to get a good night’s sleep.
8) There is no work-related excuse to miss it
Once our hectic daily lives get started, things tend to pop up unexpectedly. Morning classes guarantee that you’ll get your daily dose of yoga.
9) It empowers you
Getting up in the morning to practice yoga takes a lot of self-discipline. But, once you get into the groove of things, you will begin to feel more empowered. Further, being more disciplined cultivates a sense of achievement that will inspire you.
10) It encourages you to be healthy for the rest of the day
There is a certain level of wellness you feel after your practice, leaving you with a desire to treat it well for the rest of the day. You’ll also feel more connected to your mind understand what your body needs. As a consequence, you’re more likely to make healthy choices in terms of your thinking, sleeping, and eating.
11) It brings peace to your day before it’s even begun
Doing breathwork and going through the asanas is an excellent way to get and stay connected to your deepest self. Plus, once those endorphins (feel-good hormones) start flooding your body, you will be less likely to react to the anxieties and other stresses of life.
Before you get started…
Chances are, it may take a couple of days for you to get used to waking up in the morning to do yoga. But, once you get into the swing of things, you’ll see it’s really worth it.
To make sure that you get the most out of each session, consider the following tips:
• Start your practice by clearing your mind with a short meditation. This will help quieten your mind.
• Make sure that your practice contains a couple of one-leg poses. They will force you to keep your focus.
• Sun salutations are essential. They will make you feel lighter, fresher, and more awake for the rest of your day.
• Clothing that is too tight or too loose can prove to be quite uncomfortable during practice. Instead, opt for snug and yoga pants that allows plenty of room for movement.
• Yoga props can take your practice to the next level. For instance, a yoga mat will provide increased stability. Likewise, yoga straps and bolsters will give you much needed support as you go through difficult poses.
When you start to practice yoga in the morning, you will notice a dramatic difference in how you look, feel, and treat yourself. Knowing that you’ve taken the time to take care of yourself means that you’re likely to continue the trend for the rest of the day.
So, what are you waiting for? Get started tomorrow morning. Namaste!
No prior experience in yoga? We’ve got you covered!
Join us for free yoga sessions at theDesk conducted by GuavaPass.
Date: Wednesday 25th April 2018 & Wednesday 2nd May 2018
Venue: theDesk, 20/F Leighton Centre, 77 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay
Transport: MTR Causeway Bay Station, Exit A or F
Cost: Free. Donations are appreciated to raise funds for the Early Childhood Development Centre in Nepal.
Time: 6:15 pm – 7 pm
Promotional code (for new GuavaPass members): Nat
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