Are you not much of a morning person? Do you need a cup of coffee (or 4) in order to even think about surviving the day? I know that’s how I used to be!
Starting an early morning yoga routine changed that, though. Maybe you’re looking for ways to help you become an early bird, or maybe you’re just looking for a healthier way to start your day, energized and focused. Either way, if you’re wondering about the benefits of starting your day with yoga, read on.
Here are 5 benefits to starting your day with an early morning yoga routine:
1. Yoga is a much healthier alternative to caffeine.
Looking for a way to ditch your coffee-drinking habit? Or maybe just cut back? I love coffee as much as the next gal (or maybe more) but the breathing you do while practicing yoga naturally stimulates your body and mind. All of the oxygen that you intake during your yoga routine is like an espresso shot right to your brain! Unlike coffee, the energy that yoga gives you actually lasts all day. Even if you wake up feeling tired and groggy, practicing yoga is a sure-fire way to wake you up.
2. Yoga can change your mental tone.
Do you tend to wake up feeling like your brain is in a fog? Early morning yoga can fix that, and help your mind feel calmer too. Yoga makes you feel more grounded and mindful, which can lead to a way more productive day. Not only that, but it can help keep you calm during a stressful day. If something happens that upsets you, you can just remember your mindful breathing and the serene way that you started your day. Overall, you’ll feel more centered and mindful.
3. Yoga is a metabolism booster.
Are you on a diet or maybe looking for another way to lose weight? Yoga can help you with that, too! Yoga aids your body in digestion, speeding up your metabolism and helping your body burn calories faster. If you practice yoga in the morning and go overboard on your calories later in the day, it’s okay! Your body will process those calories faster and keep you from gaining weight.
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4. Yoga can help you sleep better.
If you’re in need of a better night’s sleep, guess what? Yes, yoga can help you with that, too! Start practicing yoga in the early morning. When you make it a priority to wake up early to do your yoga routine, your body will become more accustomed to the early morning rising and in turn help you fall asleep at night. Exercising in the evening has been proven to make it harder for your body to sleep, while early morning yoga has been proven to regulate hormones and regulate your sleep patterns.
5. Morning yoga helps with body aches throughout the day.
If you sometimes feel tense and achy – or have joint problems – starting an early morning yoga routine could be the best natural remedy for it. Yoga helps stretch out your body, aiding in aches and pains while preventing potential injuries as well. Yoga’s movements allow achy joints to move in a way that reduces the pain, and slowly eliminates the pain altogether.
There are so many more benefits of doing yoga early in the morning; these are just my top five! 🙂
If you do yoga, what benefits have you gotten out of it? If you’re wanting to practice yoga, what benefits are you looking to get out of it? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!