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Practicing Yoga in the Morning

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I have to admit that I’m not really a morning person.  I’ve never been an early riser who bounces around from task to task long before my family wakes up.  However since I’ve started my new yoga instructor journey, I made a commitment to myself to live with an open mind and to try new things.  One of these new things is practicing yoga in the morning.  I set my alarm clock to wake up 15 minutes earlier than normal so I can spend a little time practicing.  One of the first things that I wanted to practice is my Sun Salutations.  Over the weekend, I learned Sun Salutation A and Sun Salutation C.  It’s important that I learn how to do these perfectly so that I can help others learn how to do them.

practicing yoga in the morningOne of my biggest challenges is getting used to doing everything in the correct posture.  For many years, I’ve been used to a yoga instructor providing assistance if my pose wasn’t correct.  Now I’m going to be that yoga instructor so I really have to put thought into each pose.  It’s quality over quantity.  I find myself double and triple checking that I have my heart open, shoulders back, ribs in, etc.

I enjoyed taking a few minutes this morning to practice. The house was quiet so in addition to working on my posture, I could also focus on my breathing.  Practicing yoga is about so much more than just postures.   It really requires a combination of your posture, your mind, and your breathing.  After practicing yoga this morning, I felt more centered and balanced.

If you are thinking about practicing yoga in the morning I have a few suggestions.

  • Try to wake before anyone else so you can really concentrate
  • If it’s before/during sunset, try facing the East and practicing a few sun salutations.
  • Save the coffee (or caffeinated tea) until you are done.  You may find that you don’t even need it!
  • Really focus on your breathing.  It can set the tone for your entire day.

While practicing yoga in the morning has many benefits, I believe that the biggest benefit to me today was the feeling of connection with my mind, body, and breath.  It set the tone for my entire day.  For lunch, I opted for a salad, instead of my usual heavy lunch.  I also signed up to go to a yoga class this evening after work.  I’ll be sure to write a post letting everyone know how that goes!

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