If you’re not a morning person then you’re about to become one. While getting out of bed in the morning can be extremely hard, the health benefits of doing morning yoga are totally worth it.
Start Your Day Happy
The mood boost received through a yoga practice is one of the most beneficial reasons to practice yoga in the mornings. Exercise of all kinds increases ‘feel good’ neurotransmitters, and yoga being a form of exercise, stands out as a proven GABA booster. GABA is one of your main inhibitory neurotransmitters that put the brakes on brain activity, enabling you to relax. One session of yoga can increase GABA levels by 27%, and doing it in the morning means you can start the day off relaxed and happy, emitting positive vibes.
By starting your day in asana, you are essentially starting your day cultivating breath awareness. Asana is one of the eight limbs of classical yoga, and is one that should be steady and comfortable, helping a practitioner to become more aware of their body, mind and environment. So by doing this first thing in the morning, you are more likely to keep your breath (and cool) for the rest of the day. After all, they say that the slower and deeper you breathe, the longer you will live.
Salute To The Sun
The traditional practice of Surya Namaska (the sun salute) was performed at sunrise as a way to greet the sun and the arrival of a new day. By practicing sun salutes in the morning, you awaken your body, to stretch and say good morning to each of your muscles. Being aware of the rhythms of the natural world and practicing as the sun rises, we are able to tap into our own natural rhythms, making it especially beneficial for those of us who are so caught up in the world of technology and work. This morning routine is a reminder of our more natural state.
By practicing yoga in the morning, the body’s metabolism is boosted, and so is the digestive system. Morning yoga helps you digest more efficiently, burn food up faster, metabolize fat and move nutrients throughout the body, whilst also inspiring you to be healthy throughout the day. It’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll leave your practice feeling happy and energized, and more tuned in and connected with your body and mind.
Can’t sleep? Practicing yoga first thing in the morning will most likely make bedtime become a top priority. Morning yoga has been proven to regulate sleep rhythm and even balance out your hormones. A dedicated morning practice allows those of us who quite often find ourselves sleeping in, wasting our mornings rather than making the most of them. Think about how good you’ll feel when you’ve finished a long day at work and you don’t have to stress about hitting up the gym.