I love to practice yoga in the morning. It’s such a beautiful, gentle, mindful way to start the day. The hardest part is getting up when the alarm goes off – often I just roll over and grab a few more zzz’s.
But when I do make the effort and pull myself up and out of bed I really do end up feeling incredible!
This morning was a perfect example. I didn’t sleep well last night and my neck was really stiff. When my alarm went off I promised myself that I would get up and just “go with it”, a “no pressure” practice! Cut to two hours later and me in my car giving it socks to “CHEEEEEEEEEER UP SLEEEEEEPY JEAN” – my lack of sleep forgotten and my tight neck stretched out and feeling fabulous, albeit a bit mental! It really ignited something in me! If only we could bottle that post practice feeling!
It’s hard getting up alone, especially in winter. I’ve always dreamed of going to a yoga class first thing in the morning but there just wasn’t any around that suited me. I’m really excited that Samadhi are starting their AM sessions from next Monday. The classes start at 6.30am – ye it’s super early – and run every day Monday to Friday. It is going to be fabulous.
Why Oh Why?
I guess there are a few reasons why I like to practice first thing.
When I wake up early there is an energy – especially in the city – that I just don’t feel at any other time of the day. It’s really special. I feel like this great big beautiful city is all mine, I feel comfortingly alone if that makes sense?!
It gives me a true sense of calm, there is less pressure – emails haven’t started rolling in, social media is still asleep – kind of – and the to do list can wait.
Doing Yoga first thing sets my breath for the day – you breathe yourself awake.
How often do you wake and are literally swallowed up in the wave of thoughts and things that need to be done? Couldn’t we do better – for our own sanity? Wouldn’t all of those tasks be more manageable if we could firstly ease ourselves into the day and then deal with the mumbo jumbo?
Practicing first thing always steadies my mind and I find there is a greater chance that I will maintain a calm mind throughout the day – that’s good news for everyone involved!
This is probably not very “yogi” of me but I find when I practice in the morning it’s done! It means I have the rest of the day to myself and don’t have to worry about fitting it in.
I feel sooo good after a morning practice; I am more tuned into my body, mind and spirit. I tend to make healthier choices with regards to food, how I think, how I react – or don’t react and how I sleep.
I don’t practice in every morning and that’s ok! If you are starting out try one day a week for a while and build on that. Do what is right for you, what feels good. I know that staying bed can feel like the answer – and it often it is – but give yourself the chance to feel alive and amazing – ignite the “Daydream Believer” in you!
I hope my reasons for waking up with the birdies will inspire you to do the same and maybe one morning you’ll join me on the mat!
Happy Practice Yogis!