Morning Yoga

Throughout my youth and into college I was very obviously a night person. I suffered from insomnia, so mornings were always a challenge. This issue followed me into my first teaching gig, and I relied on coffee to put on my peppy face for when the students arrived.

My last year in the classroom, this all changed. I became ill for several months during the winter, and suddenly my body changed. It needed sleep, and lots of it. I went from a six-hour-a-night lady to an eight-hour lady, and I haven’t struggled to fall asleep since.

This summer I’ve come to realize that as a result, I’m slowly becoming a morning person. I said that out loud for the first time yesterday, and it felt awkward yet strangely liberating.

For example, this morning before my roommate even changed out of her pajamas, I had worked on my intern project for five hours. It was delightful!

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Watching the sun rise is definitely a benefit of a morning practice!

This has also led to me practicing yoga in the morning. I often wake up before 5:30 so I can get my asana on. I’ve noticed some benefits as well as drawbacks to a morning practice.

Benefits

  • I am not as tired as when I practice in the afternoon, so every chaturanga feels like it’s filling me with power rather than drawing it out of me
  • I start my day on a more uplifting, positive note – which helps me stay in a better mood
  • I feel more energized when I get to work

Drawbacks

  • I am stiffer in the morning – even by the end of my practice my heels aren’t as close to the ground in downward dog as they can be
  • I have to shower at work, and I always inevitably forget something I need (the time I left my bra at home was a highly un-enjoyable experience)

Since I have the opportunity, and my schedule permits, I’m going to keep it up for the rest of the summer.

Does anyone else choose a morning practice? Why or why not?

How do you overcome the drawbacks?

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3 thoughts on “Morning Yoga

  1. haha!! you forgot your bra?! I’m a morning person too. All through college and my job, I’ve enjoyed the “extra” time I get when I rise early in the morning. I’ve probably stayed awake all night to finish studying / working only a handful of times.

    I don’t practice Yoga regularly; but I like to get my workout done and out of the way the first thing.
    a) it energizes me and gets me ready for the day
    b) whenever I postpone, I usually end up NOT getting the workout done.

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    1. Hey there! It’s good to hear from you. What you said in “b” is so true! By the end of the day the likelihood that I get around to working out is slim. I can’t wait to read some of your posts to see what you are up to 🙂

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