We all struggle with getting out of bed, especially after a deep slumber, but really, the benefits of doing yoga in the morning is well worth it. You double those benefits when you do it on an empty stomach. Remember that the only real thing stopping us from being on the mat is our minds. So stop saying “I can’t,” throw all our misconceptions out the window, and get on the mat.
Here are 5 reasons why we choose to practice in the morning.
Rise and shine!
1) Get It Over With
Getting up early to do yoga, and then down a green smoothie right after, gets the exercise and dose of nutrition out of the way. No matter what goes on during your day, at least you’ve got your health covered.
2) Look Younger
Go on the Internet and search for studies showing how regular yoga practitioners can actually slow down the aging of their hearts, livers and kidneys.
“After yoga, I feel taller, longer and younger,” said Rikka Regala, a self-confessed addict of serotonin, endorphins and other feel good chemicals that yoga releases. “There’s this glow that you can only get with yoga.”
3) Metabolism Boost
Doing yoga in the morning boosts your metabolism enough so that you can eat pretty much anything during the day. Morning yoga helps you digest more efficiently, burn food up faster, metabolize fat, consume carbs, and move nutrients throughout the body, so that it inspires you to be healthy the rest of the day. So sure, go for that second serving!
As for what to eat, well, that’s another article right there.
4) Better Posture
Because of the bending, opening and stretching in yoga, our back becomes straighter, our chest opens up, and our chin gets to be more parallel to the floor. We look more confident, more radiant, and ready to take on the rest of the day.
5) Sleep Better
Because you do yoga first thin in the morning, bedtime will most likely become a top priority. Sleep well, so that you can unleash all those morning yoga benefits again the next day.
Troy Bernardo is a yogi, filmaker, writer, artist and muay thai practitioner . He recently won the Manhattan Film Festival for his documentary Fields of Hope, a film about the recovery of three boys from the trauma of Typhoon Yolanda (in Tacloban) through a grassroots soccer program.