Five Ways to Become a Morning Person and How Yoga Can Help
We’d all like to spring out of bed and wake up before the rest of the world, tackling those never-ending to-do lists while most people are still asleep, but for many, the temptation to press the snooze button is too much. It’s quite simple, morning people who wake early are naturally more productive and often achieve more because they have more time in their day. With this in mind, here are a few steps to become a morning person and how yoga could be the key to success.
Adopt a Morning Yoga Practise
Having something to get up for that you enjoy is the first step to becoming a morning person. Moving your daily yoga ritual to the start of your day ensures you begin the day on a high. A sunrise workout instantly clears the fog and sends endorphins flowing around your body. It may take you a few days to adjust but if you stick to your morning yoga session for 30 days, this is all it takes to create an automatic habit and before you know it you’ll be itching to jump out of bed.
Incorporate an Affirmation into your Practise
One way to make rising earlier easier is to replace negative associations with getting up with the sun with positive ones. Try introducing a positive affirmation into the beginning of your yoga practice. It could be something as simple as “I am grateful for my health this morning” or “I appreciate the beauty of a morning sunrise”.
Appreciate Taking Time for Yourself
Sometimes, reframing your perspective on a matter is all it takes to successfully becoming a morning person. For example, instead of begrudging losing an hour in bed, be thankful that you can enjoy an hour to yourself before the chaos of the working day begins. An hour where you get to do an activity you enjoy is something to be grateful for and by focussing on the positives, you can learn to re-program the way you feel about early mornings. Instead of thinking “I have to” with “I get to.”
Tailor Your Practise to Your Energy Levels
You are not guaranteed to jump out of bed every morning bright eyed and bushy tailed. The good news is, you can use your morning yoga sessions to relax, recharge, energise or gain momentum for the day ahead. If your energy levels are low, spend a little time on the mat in Savasana or warm up with a few spinal twists. Plan a yoga calendar so you wake each morning with a plan and approach it as you would any other appointment.
Plan Your Yoga Workout the Night Before
What if we told you that becoming a morning person is as hard or easy as you choose to make it? You are more likely to enjoy rising early if your morning goes smoothly. So, create a playlist that you can’t wait to listen to, charge your phone or iPod, have your water bottle handy and your mat laid out with your yoga outfit folded at one end. The fewer obstacles you encounter, the more likely you are to complete your new morning rituals and stick to them day after day.
So, there you have it! Five simple steps to becoming a morning person!