If the notion of getting up with the sun makes your heart skip a beat then getting up early to get to a 7am yoga class will probably make you feel slightly nauseous. However, the benefits starting the day at sunrise with a bit of movement and meditation far outweigh the negatives. Honestly.
It will produce a positive butterfly effect that will resound throughout your day.
It takes discipline and you have to give yourself a week or two but just you wait, even it’s if the rosy glow of early-riser smugness that’s your main motivation, you’ll grow to love it.
Here are ten reasons practicing yoga early in the morning is good for your mind, body and soul.
1. There’s less traffic and parking is a breeze.
Why not start with the reason most of you would appreciate. Driving through empty streets with the sun coming up can make you feel you own the world. A trip that takes forty minutes after work, will be cut down to ten at this hour. Remove the added stress of finding parking and you have a pretty fantastic reason #1.
2. It sets the tone for your day.
If your morning gets off to a bad start, your day will usually follow suit. Yoga is a form of moving meditation. It’s about breathing and processing all that’s going on in your life/head/body. Start your day with some yoga and you’ll be able to go out and face the day. You’ll be calmer, centered and open which in turn will probably make you more productive and a nicer person to be around.
3. You’ll have more hours in the day.
We all have twenty four hours in the day but some people get a whole lot more done than others. Most successful people in this world have realized that getting up earlier gives you a head start on the day. An overwhelming number of entrepreneurs, CEOS, on-to-it Mums and Dads, sportspeople, anyone on top of their game really, have realized that you can accomplish a lot in those wee hours of the morning when everyone else is asleep.
4. You’ll sleep better.
Exercising in the morning means you will be really tired that night. You will want to get to bed a bit earlier and when you do, you’ll sleep like a rock.
5. It forces you to cut back on booze.
If you really commit to this then you’ll realize pretty quickly that if there’s anything that makes getting up really early almost impossible, it’s one too many vinos the night before. And let’s face it, getting to a 7am yoga class hung over ain’t going to happen. The feeling of waking up with a clear head, remembering your admirable steadfastness when you said “no thank you, yoga in the morning” to those last few cocktails is going to feel awesome.
6. Your body will thank you.
Not just because you’ve cut back on the booze either. Working out in the morning can feel a lot tougher on the body, especially if your diet sucks, you’re overweight and you sit at a desk all day. If this is the case you probably wake up feeling like you’ve been run over by a truck, booze or no booze. Overnight our muscles contract and they also rebuild and repair – with material from our diets.Our joints also stiffen from lying still all night and the best remedy for all this is to get the circulation flowing and lube up those joints. Waking up with enough time to have a warm shower before class can work wonders on that stiffness. Class may feel harder but as is usually the case with all things in life – the more challenging something is, the better it is for you.
7. It’s better than a cup of coffee.
I highly recommend NOT having a cup of coffee before you get on the mat. Give your head time to wake up on it’s own. It may seem counter intuitive at first but yoga shifts energy and the vitality and focus you leave class with will mean you probably won’t need that cup of Joe. If you do it will be like a lightening bolt to the brain.
8. The sense of community energy.
At first you probably won’t feel like having a lengthy, cheery chat with your fellow yogis before class and you don’t have to engage with anyone if you don’t want to. But no matter what, you will feel the shared energy in the room. Humans are social creatures, feeling part of a community boosts our endorphins and other feel good hormones. Even just a smile from someone else might change the course of your day.
9. You will have the evening free to do whatever you like.
No further explanation needed.
10. The sense of self-accomplishment.
There is the potential that you’ll feel a bit high and mighty when your work colleagues hear you have already done a yoga class before work. It’s impressive, it really is. You’ve joined the ranks of those other successful movers and shakers, you’re motivated, you’re disciplined. You got yourself out of your comfy bed, in the car and off to class while the rest of the world wasted their precious time on this planet. You may even feel a touch smug for a while, enjoy it, bask in it. Just make sure you keep doing it.