They say the (early) bird catches the worm, right? So instead of rolling over to check your phone, roll out your mat and begin the day by saluting the sun.
Did you know that traditionally, Surya Namaskar (sun salutations) were done at sunrise as a way to greet the sun and the arrival of a new day? It was also practiced outdoors, facing east toward the rising sun as a symbol of wakening the consciousness. That’s probably not realistic here in New England as we enter into the fall and the mornings start to get chilly, but think about how productive your day would be if you started it with yoga! Still not convinced?
Well, here are 5 reasons why starting your day with yoga makes sense!
As soon as you wake up, you start thinking. We all have that giant to-do list. You know the one: pack the kid’s lunches, head to the market for groceries, meet that deadline at work, toss in a load of laundry, etc., etc. Well, practicing yoga in the morning increases blood flow and circulation, which helps push oxygen through the veins and improve the function of the internal organs – in turn, helping you feel more energized, inspired and focused.
2. Achieve long term goals
Begin your day by setting an intention. Affirmations not only help you achieve your long-term goals. They also help you take action today. When you set your intention, chose empowering words so your subconscious registers what it hears and feels in control. If you have a hard time setting an intention, ask yourself these questions: what do I want? Why do I want it? What am I committed to doing to get there? Just like in our practice when the instructor reminds you to come back to you intention, take this intention with you through the rest of your day and remember your purpose.
3. Boost metabolism
Not only will you wake the subconscious mind and body, you’ll also boost your metabolism (and digestive system for that matter) for the whole day. When circulation (remember that blood flow mentioned in point number one?) is boosted and the internal organs are massaged by all of those glorious twists, the digestive system becomes more efficient at releasing toxins and properly metabolizing the nutrients from our food.
4. Move your body
Most Americans have to sit all day at work (and, most despise it). On top of all that sitting during working hours, add on sitting for meals, commuting and lounging. That probably means you’re sitting for a whopping 13 hours a day and sleeping for (8ish) hours. All of that sitting does a toll on our bodies, we end up unconsciously hunching, slouching and rounding through the shoulders. Poses like back bends help us undo all of that by practicing an opposing posture, finding space by broadening through the collar bone and opening through the heart center.
By practicing in the morning we remind our bodies what it’s like to sit and stand with healthy posture – and just like carrying your intention through the day – you’ll carry this with you and become more aware when you’re slouching and prevent aches and pains before they occur.
5. practice Self-care
Mornings should be something you look forward to. It’s an opportunity to wake up and conquer another day! A morning self-care routine ensures a more refreshed, productive day and yoga allows you to focus on yourself in a peaceful setting. It’s surprising how a simple new routine can have a big impact on your day – especially when you begin with reflection, intention setting and movement.
So, instead of jumping right into your to-do list, start a morning ritual that sets the stage for success. Catch 6:00 a.m. Hour of Power with Kasey in Fall River on Tuesday and with with Pam on Tuesday and Wednesday in South Dartmouth!