Hi again 🙂 Thank you for being here.
Since lately, I have been on the topic of the importance of a morning routine, I thought I would share with you how I feel yoga is most beneficial for me during this time of day.
I have always really enjoyed doing hot yoga, but for health reasons going to the studio to take a class was not possible.
More recently, I decided to try doing yoga at home in my computer room with a plugged in space heater. This allows the room to get nice and warm, but not too hot. I suggest turning the heater on for 10-15 minutes and closing the door before you decide to start your session. Naturally, I am able to stretch much better if the room has a had a chance to warm up a bit. If you have fibromyalgia or another chronic illness, you likely understand how temperature sensitivity can have a negative impact on your body. You can control the temperature of the room to whatever suits you best. All you need is a yoga mat, a yoga video, and a bottle of water. Straps and blocks are also handy to have, but they really aren’t necessary.
You Tube has a plethora of yoga videos from beginner to advanced. You can also find a range of sessions varying in length from under 10 minutes to over an hour. It really depends on how your body is feeling and what you feel is manageable. You can tailor the practice to suit you. You don’t necessarily need to follow the instructor’s lead perfectly. It’s your workout. Do what works for you. Just start with something; no matter how small. It is still an accomplishment.
Why do yoga in the morning?
I find yoga particularly beneficial in the morning because this is often when I feel the most tight and sore. The habit of doing this practice a few mornings a week helps to manage my chronic pain throughout the day. Yoga, like other forms of exercise, can be quite energising.
You may find you are able to cut back on your caffeine consumption by implementing this practice in your day as well. As a side note, (I don’t think the point I am about to make is in any way related to my yoga practice) lately I can not generally tolerate more than a cup of coffee. Sometimes I won’t even be able to finish it. This drink can suddenly turn from delicious to disgusting! I don’t expect this to make sense unless you have very unusual taste buds like I do. I think this might be one of those annoying particularities only a person who lives with fibromyalgia understands. I suppose this is just a blessing in disguise anyways.
In terms of fuel, I generally have some fruit and/or half of my breakfast smoothie before doing a yoga session. I don’t like to exercise on an empty stomach. Also, I feel as though the poses require a lot of focus and I don’t think I would have the coordination or strength to attempt this on an empty stomach. This brings to mind another reason you may want to do yoga; it helps you to develop better concentration. Feeling strong, flexible, focused, happier or whatever trait it is you want to improve on – you may find it in this daily practise.
It seems as though people are always looking for a new way to reduce stress and recharge. There is so much talk about the benefits of meditation and practising mindfulness and gratitude. If you were asked to do all of these separately, it may seem a little overwhelming. You may not know where to start, when to find time, or even remember to make these benefits a habit.
In your guided yoga practice, all of these aspects are covered. Not only will you have used the tools mentioned to help you reduce stress, but you will be setting yourself up for a better day.
Establishing a routine is important. Not only does it set the tone for the remainder of the day, but it gives us some type of structure. Especially now, during this surreal pandemic,
it is far too easy to become lost and disconnected. Take full advantage of your coping strategies. I hope this post has helped you find one more outlet to add to your list.
Please feel free to leave me a message with any comments or questions.
Stay safe and take care 🙂
Until next time,