Not sure about a 6 a.m. yoga class? I don’t blame you! But that early morning practice can result in better health all day and night:
* The attention to your body lasts all day. When I do a morning practice I stand a little straighter and breathe a little deeper all day. If I go for a walk or run later in the day, I’m more attuned to my muscles and movement. I swear exercise after yoga feels easier…my legs and arms just seem to move more fluidly.
* The mindfulness lasts all day, too. I’m more apt to calmly think through situations and I’m less frazzled or stressed. I remember to breathe more.
* Have you ever woken up stiff and sore? If you haven’t, I’d like to meet you! If you’re of a “certain age,” you know what I mean! Yoga is a great way to work out those kinks.
* You are more likely to go to bed early the night before a morning yoga practice. We all know getting enough sleep is essential to good health, but it’s often something that we forego in our busy lives. I like having the excuse of turning in early. I’m also more likely to eat better and drink plenty of water the night before a morning practice. Not only do I feel healthier the day that I do early morning yoga, but I tend to make healthier decisions the night before, too. And when I get up that early, I’m more than ready for bed later in the night!
* I’m not beyond admitting that it’s great to just get the workout over and done with! There’s something intensely gratifying about getting that workout done before 7 or 8 a.m. It gives me a sense of accomplishment, like I can do anything for the rest of the day. Or if I’m just plain tired by late afternoon, I can rest because I’ve already done my workout!
And if these reasons aren’t enough for you, this article lists 21 reasons for having a morning yoga routine.
If you’re inspired, I’ll see you at Fitness for 10 in Mankato at 6 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays! A great way to start is to commit to just Tuesday or Thursday — one day a week of yoga is better than no days a week!