July 16 | The Practice |
If you’re anything like me, your mornings probably start with a visit to the coffee pot. But we may want to think about swapping out that first cup of joe with a round of sun salutations. It turns out that the are many benefits of a morning yoga practice! Practicing yoga first thing in the morning can be great for your mental and physical health. If you’re on the fence about starting a morning yoga practice, here are some benefits that may change your mind!
You may be groaning at the idea of setting your alarm earlier, but hear me out on this one. Once you make your morning yoga flow a habit, your body will get used to waking up at that specific time. This will help to regulate your circadian sleep cycles, which we often throw out of whack by varying when we go to sleep and wake up. As your sleep cycle regulates, you’ll find it easier to fall and stay asleep and you’ll wake up feeling more alert and ready to take on your day.
Exercising first thing in the morning is a great way to wake up your body and rev up your metabolism for the day. Incorporating a few twists into your morning yoga flow will also help stimulate your digestive system, helping get rid of any bloating from last night’s dinner and setting you up to feel great!
If you’re trying to cut back on caffeine, practicing yoga first thing in the morning can help you reach that goal. Certain poses, like sun salutations, backbends, and twists, can help energize you and wake you up, without any post-coffee jitters. You may soon find yourself driving right past your coffee shop without a second glance!
It’s so important to take a few minutes for yourself in the morning to breathe, connect with your body, and set your intentions for the day. As you breathe through your yoga flow, you’ll be providing your brain with loads of fresh oxygen. This will help sweep away any last bits of sleepiness and increase your mental clarity for the day ahead.
If you start your day with yoga (or any other kind of exercise), you’re sending yourself a mental cue that taking care of yourself is important. This can help you make healthier choices throughout the rest of your day, from opting for a salad over that burger joint for lunch to heading to bed 30 minutes earlier instead of watching one last episode on Netflix.
Really, the benefits of starting your morning with yoga are pretty endless. And it doesn’t have to be a full class – even 10 minutes of gentle yoga can send you into your day energized and stress-free.
See you on the mat!
(Photo Courtesy of Stacey Panis: @Stacey_Pan)
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