Ok, so I do not practise sun salutations every morning. But on the mornings that I do, the day always starts so much better! At least until lunchtime and naptime roll around and bring with them another barrel of laughs.
So here are 9 reasons that starting each day with 5-10 minutes of sun salutations will REALLY benefit you. Disclaimer – morning yoga can be a little addictive. I usually get carried away and find that I’ve been rolling around on my mat for at least 40 minutes with a very bored toddler running in circles around me and screaming, no wonder ‘I don’t have time for yoga’.
So here we go, 9 reasons to get out of bed and onto your mat:
1. That’s the idea
Let’s start with the most obvious reason to practise sun salutations in the morning…they are traditionally performed in the morning as a way to greet and be grateful for the new day.
2. You wiggle out the sleep knots
Unless you sleep like the ultimate yogi on your back and on a surface that fully supports the shape of your natural spine (whilst massaging you and stretching your body for you), you’ll probably be waking up with a few knots and tight areas in the morning. Sun salutations can help you to loosen the tight areas and release tension in the spine – leading to increased flexibility and less risk of injury.
3. They’re energising
They will get your body moving, your heart pumping and your lungs and digestive system working. You could even consider it your cardio for the day! Especially if you hate cardio. Like me.
4. They can be quick
You can spend as much or as little time as you want practising sun salutations…even when you’re running a little late you should be able to squeeze in one quick round!
5. You take time for yourself
Spending a few minutes practising yoga in the morning means that you are guaranteed to have found at least a little time for self-care every day, the later it gets, the harder it is to find the time for ourselves. Especially when we have little people (and big people) to look after.
6. It’s a form of meditation
Vinyasa is considered a moving meditation, where every inhale and exhale brings with it a new movement. So if you want but don’t have time to meditate AND practise yoga in the morning, this will sort of hit (we don’t kill) two birds with one stone.
7. You observe your body
A regular daily practice will allow you to observe your body and notice the different tight spots or if you’re feeling more tired than usual. Always respect your body and work with it as you find it! This is a great way to encourage a daily positive attitude towards yourself.
8. It’s a great way to practise gratefulness
I’s a new day, you’ve woken up, you can move your body, and you’ve found 10 minutes to practise yoga before the day starts. Already so much to be grateful for and it’s not even 9AM!
9. You’ll remember them
Once you’ve got the hang of them, sun salutations are incredibly simple! And until that happens you can follow one of thousands of Youtube videos (I might also add one to this post at some point…). The more you practise them, the easier they will become, and the less you will have to think. Once you get to that point the real fun starts and you’ll be able to play around with salutations and add in the different yoga poses that you want to practise or that you feel your body needs.
When do you find the time to practise? Let’s talk yoga!
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