For most of us, getting up at the crack of dawn is a special type of torture. If you don’t have a good reason to get up earlier than necessary, chances are you won’t.
But, there’s a lot to be said about waking up and doing beneficial yoga first thing in the morning.
This comprehensive form of exercise has many healing benefits. Some might even say it has magical properties.
Still balking at the thought of getting up earlier than necessary?
Here, Guavapass share 11 reasons why early morning yoga is the best thing for your body to start the day.
Every day you have a million things to do, but when you start your day in asana, you become more mindful of your breath.
Breathwork calms your body and mind, making it easier for you to deal with difficult situations.
When you embrace mindfulness during your practice, you’re more likely to cultivate breath awareness for the rest of the day.
Yoga boosts your serotonin, your body’s natural happy hormone.
Practicing in the morning will make sure that you keep those happy brain chemicals flowing throughout the day.
Doing yoga in the morning increases the chance of your entire day being spent in mindfulness.
As such, you’re less likely to get caught up in the wave of negative thoughts that usually hijack your mind.
Whether you are in a relationship or otherwise have a busy life, it can be hard to have a moment to yourself.
But, when you wake up early in the morning to do yoga, it gives you ample time to nourish yourself.
This alone time can help ground you, clear your mind and connect you to your breath.
Although relaxing, yoga is still a form of exercise.
So, don’t be surprised if you soon see your body changing shape i.e. more defined arms, a stronger back or longer looking legs.
Moving your body increases the flow of oxygen and fresh blood through your muscles, invigorating your body in the process.
With a clear focus and more oxygenated cells, you will usher in a state of relaxed energy.
Generally, yoga helps practitioners sleep better at night.
But, when you couple this with getting up early in the morning, you are virtually guaranteed to get a good night’s sleep.
Once our hectic daily lives get started, things tend to pop up unexpectedly.
Morning classes guarantee that you’ll get your daily dose of yoga.
Getting up in the morning to practice yoga takes a lot of self-discipline.
But, once you get in the groove of things, you will begin to feel more empowered.
Furthermore, being disciplined cultivates a sense of achievement that will inspire you.
There is a certain level of wellness you feel after your practice, leaving you with a desire to treat it well for the rest of the day.
You’ll also feel more connected to your mind to help understand what your body needs.
As a consequence, you’re more likely to make healthy choices in terms of your thinking, sleeping and eating.
Doing breath work and going through the asanas is an excellent way to stay connected to your deepest self.
Plus, once those endorphins (feel-good hormones) start flooding your body, you will be less likely to react to the anxieties and other stresses of life.
Fitness is a beautiful thing. Anyone can get involved, anyone can set a target and anyone can change their lives through it.
However, sometimes the path to the objective you’ve set may not be so tangible. But one straightforward solution will help bring your goal to reality by making you accountable every step of the way.
Indeed, writing down simple, definable and achievable aims can have a tremendously positive effect on your performance.
And with du Tough Mudder – one of the world’s most challenging mud runs – returning to the UAE in December it’s time you grab your notepad and pen and begin conquering your checklist.
With just six weeks to go we’ve teamed up with the very best to help get you started.
Volvic Middle East want to ensure you’re in the best shape possible to tackle the obstacles on December 8th and 9th and that’s where brand ambassador Marcus Smith comes into the frame.
As the founder of Inner Fight GYM, the extreme athlete knows a thing or two about setting a plan and carrying it out so check out the clip above to hear his advice. He’s also got task number one for you.
For your chance to be a part of Marcus’ Volvic Army, all you have to do is upload a picture or video on social media of you completing your 5k run and hashtag #FindYourVolcano
Whether you’re a serious runner, a keen cyclist or simply want to take a stroll with the family, then Yas Marina Circuit has you covered for the season ahead.
Their StartYAS, GoYAS and TrainYAS activities are back again, giving you the opportunity of working out on the iconic Formula One track without even parting with a single dirham.
Sponsored by Daman’s ActiveLife, the fitness events have proved to be a huge success with hundreds flocking to the venue every week. At StartYas, held every Sunday between 18:00-22:00, you can begin the week by cycling, walking or running and embrace the healthy lifestyle. On Tuesdays, you can have another chance to work out by attending TrainYas during the same timings.
On top of that, GoYas on Wednesdays is open to ladies only with cycling and group classes open to those aged 14 and above. It’s held under the patronage of Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, allowing females to engage in fun and healthy fitness activities in complete privacy.
“Since the inception of our community programmes Start, Train and GoYAS, we have seen it grow dramatically and now have more than 5,000 health and fitness enthusiasts get active each week, for free,” said Abdulla Al Shammari, Yas community manager.
“Participants can walk, run or cycle around the world famous Formula One track in a traffic-free, safe and friendly environment.” Whatever your level, the events are open to everyone with each night a “celebration of fitness”.
“We have three weekly community fitness events sponsored by Daman’s ActiveLife which aim to get the whole community together, whatever their fitness level,” said Al Shammari.
“Each night is a celebration of fitness; StartYAS encourages people of all ages and fitness levels to get active and takes place every Sunday. Weekly TrainYAS sessions take place every Tuesday, where families and friends are encouraged to train together, whatever their level of fitness and at whatever speed suits them.
“Under the patronage of Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, GoYAS is a female-only initiative for women to engage in fun, healthy fitness activities in complete privacy. Ladies can walk, cycle or run around Yas Marina Circuit or take part in a variety of group training sessions.
“The unique thing about GoYAS is that it is a women friendly environment – even all our security and staff are female.”
Advanced registration is strongly recommended and Al Shammari insists it’s a chance not to be turned down. “It is a great opportunity for the community to get together, get active, whatever their fitness level, and have fun in a traffic-free, safe and friendly environment in a unique venue,” he said.
“We truly have something for everyone – and best of all it’s free.”