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!
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.
- 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
- 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?