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Earlier this month we welcomed Sadie Anderson to the Yoga Living Project to discuss reasons to add yoga to your night-time routine and she's back to encourage a morning pracitce to kick off your day with.  From physical benefits to mood-boosting, a yoga practice is worth the effort, day or night. Don't take our word for it, try it for yourself! We are always looking for guest-authors to share their thoughts on all things life, love, learning & yoga, so if you have content you'd like to share, please don't hesitate to reach out to Austin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

6 Reasons to Start Doing Yoga in the Morning

 

Yoga is a great exercise and is loved by many for its health benefits. While it’s been used as more of a spiritual exercise in the past, it’s often practiced today as a way to improve mindfulness, channel breathing, and increase balance and flexibility. No matter why you start yoga, you’re guaranteed to see improvements in your mental and physical health.

 

If you’re just getting started with the practice, one of the most important things to have is a comfortable place to do so. You can do yoga in group settings or on your own. If you find yourself choosing the latter option, it’s essential that you have a space at home that embraces and allows effective yoga to take place.

 

Once you have your space set up, here are just a few reasons to start doing yoga in the morning.

 

  1. It’s a diverse way to exercise

We all know that exercise is important for your physical health, but we also know how hard it can be to keep up with an exercise routine. This can be especially hard for people who get bored of monotonous activity. Since yoga has many different poses and flows that you can work with, you’ll never get tired of the workout.

 

  1. It improves flexibility, posture, and balance 

Yoga comes with a variety of physical health benefits, with three of the most common being improved flexibility, posture, and balance. You become more flexible through the different stretches involved with each flow, and you improve posture and balance by striking and holding occasionally challenging poses. These three components seem little on a large scale but can actually help prevent other injuries from occurring. In fact, having flexible muscles and good posture is a great way to reduce the risk of injury.

 

  1. Yoga produces greater body awareness

In addition to greater mental focus and presence, a morning yoga routine can assist with cultivating improved body awareness. It’s not uncommon to wake up with neck and back stiffness, especially as you age. A regular morning yoga practice can not only help you identify the parts of the body that are somewhat stiff, it can also help you release some of the stiffness that builds up overnight.

 

In fact, yoga can also assist in improving the immune system. White blood cells—the cells that fight disease—perform best when the blood flow and the lymphatic system have efficient circulation. Since yoga is a full-body movement system, it wakes up all of the body’s systems enhancing circulation and boosting the immune system.

 

  1. It helps regulate the body’s internal clock

Our brains and bodies are still primarily designed to awaken at sunrise and sleep at sunset. Modern technology and civilization have disrupted the natural sleep rhythms of our bodies, and while this may not cause serious health issues when we’re young, the accumulated stress on our bodies over time can take a toll on our sleep quality and overall energy levels. To regulate your sleep schedule, getting up closer to sunrise and working through a gentle asana series can help balance. This in turn can translate into better energy throughout the day and a higher quality of sleep at night.

 

  1. Yoga is a clinically proven mood booster

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine came out with a study that showed yoga produces a chemical in the brain called GABA. This same chemical can be found in anxiety medication and produces a calming effect. Practicing yoga, therefore, allows for the mind to feel at ease, which is one of the main components of internal happiness.

 

  1. It gives you time to connect with yourself 

Whether you’re a spiritual guru or not, yoga is a great way to help you reset and gives you control over your own body. Additionally, it allows you to feel connected with yourself and the world around you. By doing yoga in the morning, you can shut out any outside and internal noise and get your body in sync as you’re getting ready to start your day. 

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