by Stephanie James
You may not realize it, but our mornings set the tone for the rest of the day. If you find it hard to wake up or are overly stressed, yoga could be the perfect way to add some energy and organization to your morning. Morning yoga will refresh your brain and prepare your body for whatever the day has in store.
If yoga seems intimidating, don’t worry. There are poses that are effective for people of all levels, including simple poses for beginners. It won’t be long before you are reaping the benefits of a morning yoga routine.
Starting Your Day Right
How often do you end up lying in bed too long before frantically getting ready and rushing out the door? Starting your day in such a rush can make you feel unprepared and unorganized at work and lead to mistakes and poor performance.
Yoga’s calming effectwill have you in a much better frame of mind to start the day. Any stress and tension will be let go and you will have a boost of confidence as you prepare for work. Recent studies have shown that morning yoga had a significant positive effect on patients with anxiety and insomnia.
If you find yourself lacking energy in the morning to start your day right, you should also take a look at your bedtime routine. Ending your day with yoga is also beneficial as it can help boost your quality of sleep. While this tends to be “the chicken or the egg” scenario, waking up a little earlier to start your day and exercising with yoga will also get your body into a natural habit and help regulate your sleep cycle – making it easier to both go to sleep and to wake up. Try waking up at the same time every morning for yoga, and your body will have enough energy to get you through the day but be ready to sleep soundly at night.
Studies show that most people start their day by reaching for a cup of coffee; an unhealthy and unsustainable habit. Avoid the jitters, afternoon crashes, and expensive lattes by taking advantage of energetic poses. Yoga encourages deep breathing which provides a rush of oxygen to your brain and serves as a great way to feel alert in the morning. More advanced poses like handstands will provide a rush of blood to the brain which provides an instant energy rush and can get your creative juices flowing.
No matter how active your daily life requires you to be, a solid morning stretch can always be beneficial. For people who spend the majority of the day sitting at a desk, yoga can help reduce the tension and promote better posture. And for those who are quite active, loose muscles will help prevent muscle strains, cramps and soreness.
Making time for yoga every morning will provide stability to your routine, promote a sense of relaxation and have you feeling refreshed for the day ahead. By just starting with an easy 10 or 15 minutes of yoga after you wake up, you will start to feel all of its amazing benefits.