6 reasons to get out of bed early for yoga

6 Benefits of early rising and performing yoga

Practicing yoga, pranayama and asana has a positive effect and can set your day up positively when practised as you first awake. Here are 6 reasons that will hopefully get you out of bed earlier.

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Yoga promotes the pineal gland to excrete melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep patterns. Thus, the sleeping pattern, rhythm gets regulated and the hormones are in perfect balance. This can potentially lead to better sleeping patterns at night. Practicing yoga as a habit in the morning is useful as your body gets accustomed also to rising from bed each day at the same time. This will lead naturally to you awaking alert and energized.

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People rising early and exercising regularly are healthier. Having a morning routine established promotes you to stick to the schedule. Practicing in the morning offers outstanding relief. The yoga practice done in association with exercise before 8am offers a discipline of your routine and feeling of self-empowerment. Thus it ensures mental strength and the early morning yoga helps in building consistent and healthy routine to yoga practice.

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Early morning yoga promotes metabolism. It warm ups your digestive system and assists nutrients in moving through the body easily, thereby causing to metabolize the fats and carbs quickly. The twists that your body receives help invigorating vital organs and the asanas in the first thing awaken bellies, easing any pains or aches in the morning.

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Breathing techniques (pranayama) in the morning yoga practice awakens your mind and entire body to a clear start. The fresh oxygen wakes up your brain and offers a caffeine jolt without the addiction of caffeine. Besides, the energy boost on doing deep pranayama is high and you are able to stay more productive. Even on days you are exhausted, you will feel live after the early morning yoga the next day and it absolutely rules out the need of caffeine to feel fresh.

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Morning stretching prevents achiness and injury throughout the day. This can be done by stretching tight bodies. Especially people sitting the entire day at a desk are sure to feel the yoga poses performed in the early morning of immense use as it drives away the sedentary feel of being in one position for hours.

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Yoga increases the flexibility of the spine and promotes better posture. The yoga poses you practise every time you wake up will set muscle memory into effect so that walking and standing as the day progresses is done easily and with better postural awareness.

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Overcoming grief and loss with yoga

Yoga allows overcoming grief and loss as power to transformation

The most powerful lessons that yoga imparts is the art of surrender, the letting go art. Using yoga to practice helps in surrendering, whether it is psychological challenges or physical sensations. It manifests powerfully beyond our mats. Thus, knowing to let go into the moment can permeate our lives with power to transformation, particularly during grief or deep emotional turmoil.

Fear of losing a person you love or facing mortality may be paralyzing. The fact unfathomable is the ‘not being’ fact that is avoided at all costs. As grief strikes on losing a partner, friend, parent or a child, one is overtaken by sorrow and the absence leaves a deep void, unable to think how to go on.

Considering yoga at such times is a strategy to cope with such times. It helps us to surrender and let go. It teaches release of attachments that we do not require. The fifth Yama in Yoga philosophy commands to release attachment to possessions. This is applicable to title, occupation, accomplishments and certainly to bodies as well.

Yoga instructs to keep your bodies and homes, clean. It speaks on the purity importance and to stay connected with divinity. Thus, with regular yoga practice, one learns to keep the body clean as cleanliness represents a state of impermanence. Body also becomes soiled and the homes also require cleaning, the same is with our minds and hearts.

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Each time we step on the yoga mat, we offer the Pratyahara practice. This yoga of the fifth limb means withdrawing our senses from the world. The pratyahara state releases our inclination towards the external world and we let go the need to see, touch, feel or hear anything, beyond the true essence. How a pose looks, in this surrender state is not the concern; the only concern is that our hearts are free to open. During pratyahara, we stay connected to our true essence that is unchanging.

It may appear mysterious that physical postures in a series or breath meditation equip one with essential tools to move through death, grief and emotional pain. But, with regularity and over time, practice teaches to surrender, no matter what the moment entails. Thus, performing yoga teaches you to let go of all the aspects of life, that you may have considered it highly valuable.

After losing my own mother to cancer as a teenager, I am deeply entrusted to the power of yoga and how it soothes the soul and allows us to keep on living every moment with full heart and full purpose.