Why Start Your Day with Yoga
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 – it’s a little like putting your food straight in the rubbish bin…. By practicing yoga in the morning, the body’s metabolism is boosted, and so is the digestive system or Agni (that fire in the belly), known as ‘digestive fire’. When circulation of the systems is boosted and the internal organs have been gently massaged by yoga postures, the digestive system is far more efficient at releasing toxins and properly metabolising the vitamins and minerals from our foods.
Here is a true vision of my home practice with my little Charlie Yoga Cat lol
While you are sleeping, your body is busy sorting through and digesting everything you ate the previous day. By the time you wake up in the morning, most nutrients have been assimilated and sorted, and the bulk of what you ate yesterday has moved through your digestive system.
This means if you are feeling energized and stable in your morning practice, you know what you ate and what you did yesterday served your body. If on the other hand you are gassy, bloated, lacking energy or lacking stamina—you know that it may have to do with you daily routine the day before.
Tap into your bodies wisdom by exploring your daily practice morning and night, alternate!
Especially if you’re a parent, or your job entails managing or looking after others, it can be difficult to feel as though you’ve had any time to yourself. That extra amount of time in the morning is a way to show yourself not just that you care about yourself, but about others too. In order to give our energy out in the world, it’s essential we have enough within us in the first place. A morning yoga practice is a way to know you’ve done something for yourself that day – whether it was for five minutes or an hour.
I always set the ambiance with music and soft light... It is amazing. Those that have taken my morning classes get to feel this and it is pretty amazing.
Starting your day in asana means that you are starting your day cultivating breath awareness. When you do this first thing in the morning, you are very likely to keep your breath on your mind for the rest of the day.
You may have a million things going on, but by setting the tone with your morning practice, you are more likely to tune into your breathing for the rest of your day. The slower and deeper you breathe, the more clarity is in play with less stress and anxiety.
Bringing into your practice a little Acupressure can be a lovely way of getting to know your body. Bringing awareness to the senses of the body as we move through the Chakra's can be a lovely way to release tenstion and stress. Being a Reiki practitioner, I love talking about the universal energy that is with in us all. Learning to breathe the body, brings the subtle awareness to knew things.
I personally love the feeling after my practice of feeling great. I am more in tune and connected with my body and mind with a sensation of calmness.
This means that starting your day off with an awareness of how you feel and how you want to feel. With this, you will be more likely to make healthful choices in your eating, sleeping, thinking, and in your speaking because you will have set that tone first thing in your day.
I have personally noticed a dramatic difference in how I treat myself after I start my practice of yoga in the morning. Knowing I have taken the time to care for myself in such an awesome way means that I want to continue that trend for the rest of the day.
Whether or not you do your practice at home in quietness or make your way to a studio, either way will make you feel like the mat time is a sacred space. My morning practice brings me easily into connection with my own body/breath/mind/soul whilst instructing, but when I am not on the mat with students I am at home in my private space finding that same connection
If you usually practice evening yoga classes, consider adding in morning practices also. Why not try alternate morning and evening practices for 21 days – this way you’ll be able to feel the benefits of the practice for far longer. Surely a day of increased breath awareness, the ability to be present, healthier digestion, stimulated circulation and improved mood are better put to use throughout the many hours of the day than as well as a few hours before going to bed?
Fabulous morning digestion and detox then alternate the flow to evening to assist with continued detox and relaxation. Assisting with beautiful sleep ahhhhh
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