Thomas’ Top Ten Reasons to do Yoga In the Morning
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Reason 1
Stretch away the ‘Fuzz’
Through the night, our muscles rest and while they’re not moving, layers of connective tissue and
bodily fluid – fondly known as ‘fuzz’ – build up between them. That urge to stretch we get upon
waking is essentially an act of releasing the fuzzy build up found between muscles. If we don’t
move and stretch however, this layer continues to thicken and build up, causing stiffness,
chronically ‘tight’ muscles and common aches and pains.

 

Reason 2
It sets an intention

 

At the beginning of many Yoga classes, we’re offered the chance to set an intention for the
practice. Whatever it may be, this intention has the ability to shape the rest of your day, and will
give you a focus throughout the hours that follow.

 

Reason 3
Salute the sun

 

Traditionally, the practice of Surya Namaskar (sun salutations) was performed at sunrise, as a
way to greet the sun and the arrival of a new day. By being aware of the rhythms of the natural
world and practicing as the sun rises, we tap into our own natural rhythms too…..

 

Reason 4
Stimulates our healing response

 

Giving yourself an extra hour or half an hour in the mornings to wake up and practice will allow
your nervous system to begin the day in a far more relaxed state. Our levels of cortisol (the
stress hormone) are already high in the mornings in order to give us the boost we need to wake
up. If this level of cortisol is quickly increased with added stress however, we’ve set ourselves up
for an equally stressful day. Making the practice of yoga a habit each morning allows the body to
get into the habit of switching off the stress response increasing the health of both body and
mind immeasurably.
Reason 5
Activate your army

 

The disease-fighting white blood cells in the body are able to do their best when our blood flow
and lymphatic system has efficient circulation. By moving in a way that feels good first thing in
the morning, we essentially ‘wake up’ all the body’s systems, which enhances the flow of
circulation and give the immune system an immediate boost.

 

Reason 6
Negate the need for coffee

 

Yoga has a fantastic way of serving the exact purpose we need; it can be restoring and
deliciously relaxing, but it can also be stimulating and energising. Even if you’re tired upon
waking, a morning yoga practice is guaranteed to make you feel more awake and alive!

 

Reason 7
No more procrastination!

 

Practicing yoga first thing gives you the sense of achieving something early in the day. It is a
great way to build confidence and a sense of self-worth. It takes a little discipline at first, but
even Aristotle said “Through discipline comes freedom”.

 

Reason 8
Get happy

 

The mood boost received through a yoga practice is one of the most beneficial reasons to
practice in the mornings. In a study conducted by the Yoga Biomedical Trust in London, 94% of
participants with anxiety were significantly helped by practicing yoga regularly each morning, and
82% of those with insomnia reported valuable benefits too.

 

Reason 9
Wake the mind!

 

If you find it difficult to concentrate at work or school, spend some time practicing breath
awareness and a few mildly challenging yoga postures, and your mind will have woken up in no
time!

 

Reason 10
Boost your digestive fire

 

Yoga’s sister science Ayurveda states that our overall health is determined by the health of our
digestive system. We can drink all the green smoothies we like and eat organic meals, but if the
body can’t properly absorb, assimilate and use those nutrients, we will not reap the proper
benefits. By practicing yoga in the morning, the body’s metabolism is boosted, and so is the
digestive system or Agni, known as ‘digestive fire’.

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