Making a decision to add yoga to your morning routine may seem counterintuitive if you’re a busy person, but it actually adds time to your day by helping you become more focused and present. In fact, the way you start your morning has a huge impact on your mood, productivity and happiness for the entire day.
Substitute a few minutes of yoga for checking email or social media and you’ll no doubt see positive changes in all areas of your life. The benefits are far reaching both physically and mentally.
- Improved Focus + Mental Clarity. Yoga helps you learn to bring your breath under control and teaches stillness in the mind which allows you to learn a deeper level of focus that benefits concentration and both task and time management.
- Energy Boost. After starting your day with a yoga session, you may even find yourself foregoing your cappuccino habit. Moving your body means you’re oxygenating cells and when that happens, your whole body reinvigorates.
- Reduces Stress + Anxiety Levels. With more oxygen pumping and a more focused mind, you’ll automatically feel more relaxed. Yoga breathing also helps calm nerves and release blocked and anxious energy in your body. The mindful approach to yoga also helps you become less reactive in general.
- Increased Strength + Flexibility. Yoga lengthens and stretches our tight bodies, and when done in the morning, prepares you to move throughout the day, helping to prevent injury and stiffness. It increases spinal flexibility, promotes better posture and uses our own body weight to increase muscle tone which also helps boost metabolism.
- Helps Sleep Rhythm & Balance Hormones
The attention to breathing and meditation has a positive effect on the endocrine system, which is responsible for long-term body maintenance. The endocrine system uses glands and hormones, to help keep you balanced. Certain yoga poses stimulate the pineal gland which excretes melatonin that regulates sleep patterns.
From mood to muscle tone, there are so many reasons to become a morning person and a yogi! Namaste!