There are many ways to make a morning practice part of your routine but we are trying to make it even easier. We have introduced brand new Wake Up To Yoga classes at Kingsmead Leisure Centre in Canterbury and Herons Leisure Centre in Herne Bay. These classes are the perfect way to start your day. Although many agree that a hard workout in the evening will make for restful sleep, morning yoga has also been proven to regulate sleep rhythm and even balance your hormones. Once you make a habit out of practicing upon waking up, your body will become accustomed to the routine.
There are many reasons why morning Yoga is a good thing… here are just a few:
A morning yoga practice can set you up for a day of grace, authenticity, mindfulness and positive outcomes.
During yoga, the focus we have on our breath and movement can create feelings of peace, gratitude and strength that linger throughout the day after we leave the mat. Moving from a morning Yoga session on to the rest of our day, for many of us a full work day, you will likely be more calm and aware, and are easily able to see the good and positive aspects of daily situations. Yoga creates a feeling that can lift us and carry us through an otherwise stressful workday.
Things done when we first wake up are more likely to “stick” in the routine.
We’ve all been there. After work, family commitments get priority or life gets a bit chaotic and suddenly you’ve spent three days without practicing and can’t seem to get back on the mat. Chances are you still wake up in the morning, still showing up to work, still managing to make that important appointment. Mornings are a lot less likely to get taken over by unexpected changes. A morning practice is easier to keep. And think about how great it feels when 5pm rolls around and you don’t have to stress because you already got it out of the way this morning. Having an established morning routine is a surefire way to be consistent in your practice.
Early morning yoga may boost your metabolism.
Practicing yoga early in the morning will warm up your digestive system and help nutrients move more easily through the body, causing it to metabolise carbs and fats more quickly. We know how amazing twists can be for wringing out the digestive system and invigorating our vital organs, and practicing these poses first thing can awaken our bellies, easing any morning aches and pains.
You may actually sleep better.
Although a hard workout in the evening will make for restful sleep, morning yoga has also been proven to regulate sleep patterns and balance hormones. Once you make a habit out of practicing in the morning, your body will get used to the routine. The result? More energy, more balance, and best of all, more quality sleep.
Morning stretching prevents injury and aches throughout the day.
When we awaken, and we see this more as we get older, everything is tight and retracted and we must loosen it back out. Yoga lengthens and stretches our bodies preparing us for movement throughout the rest of the day. For those of us that sit at a desk, yoga poses in the morning counter those hours we spend sedentary. Yoga increases spinal flexibility and encourages better posture, and the poses we hold when we first wake up will set our muscle memory into effect for standing taller and walking easier as the day progresses.
Check out the Kingsmead Leisure Centre and Herons Leisure Centre Fitness timetables here to see the class times.