When is the best time of day to practice Yoga?
Morning is that time.
Before food before the business of the day begins it’s clamoring for your attention. To light the inner fire then awaken in step with nature’s forces. With light and clarity explore movement and clear the mind of confusion or doubt forging your purpose in the new day.
However, rolling out our yoga mats as soon as we wake up is not something that many of us like to do.
There are great reasons (ahem, excuses) to not adhere to our morning practice:
- It can be too cold, too dark, and we’re too tired.
- We can feel too rushed.
- We tell ourselves that we’ll do it later (and then we don’t uphold our promise)
But we don’t have to buy into these excuses. No, we do not.
It appears that the problem really is, finding a way to shift our minds so we get to our morning yoga classes before the blessed morning slips away.
Here are my top five tips that I apply to ensure that I do my morning yoga practice. Today, I would like to share them with you, so you can be more consistent in your morning practice.
(Note to you: I have been practicing these techniques for over 30 years to keep my yoga practice consistent)
TIP #1 — GET INTO THE MINDSET THAT YOGA IS LIKE WARMING UP YOUR CAR ENGINE
Think about it. Before you make the car work, you need to warm up the engine. A car engine is like your body. They are both vehicles. You need your body to function at its best and so you need to warm it up.
TIP #2 — STAY HYDRATED
If you are hydrated, you will not be achey. I hear so often from students that their bodies feels tight and stiff, which is often a deterrent for them to come to class more consistently. Also, if you are hydrated, your mind is clear. If your mind is clear, you can make a better choice to follow through on the answer to the question: “Should I go to Yoga Class today”
Sidenote: Did you know that you actually need more water in the winter? We are in heated environments and so you use more water than you realize. Our society also tends to drink more coffee in the wintertime, which dries you out.
TIP #3 — LAY OUT YOUR YOGA CLOTHES THE NIGHT BEFORE
Along with your clothes, set your yoga mat right along side it. Mornings are often rushed, and getting things together in the calm of the evening seems to make things run much more smoothly the next day.
TIP #4 — GET TO BED ON TIME
For me, I perform at my best with eight hours of sleep. I like to take an hour in the morning to wake up and read before I do any physical activity. So, when I consider what time I need to go to bed to make it to class/my mat the next day, I take both of these into consideration, and do the math. So now, you do the math to find your ideal bedtime. And make it a priority to honor that time. When you get better sleep your body will not feel as tired in the morning, heightening your chances to get to that early morning class.
TIP #5 — MASSAGE YOUR FEET AND LEGS
When we do this, it helps us sleep more soundly, so we get a better night’s sleep of restful sleep. So we wake up feeling refreshed. I use this like a ritual. Before bed, I take a shower and then I sit in my reading chair or lay down in bed. To massage your feet (the arch, the balls of the feet, around the heels) pressing with your thumbs, caressing your feet. To massage you legs (calf, kneecaps, thigh , hamstring, IT band) follow the course of the muscles and palpate, transfer energy from your hands to the leg muscles to stimulate movement into those large muscles. I suggest that you take 5 – 10 minutes to do this nightly.
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