A morning yoga routine has a nice ring to it but if you want to have one that is consistent and successful you need to approach it in the right way and with the right ideas and motivations behind it. When you do this the chances of keeping it up and achieving your yoga goals are much higher. See below for an effective morning yoga approach.
Starting a successful morning yoga routine isn't always easy, it does require discipline and effort. The benefits of yoga will only be realised if you can sustain a yoga routine over a period of weeks and months so you need to establish a consistent pattern.
What this all means is you have to get up earlier if you want to practice successfully. You need to give your yoga practice the time and space it requires to be successful and to do this need to be on the mat ready to go for your arranged practice period.
Make a space
As well as setting your alarm fifteen minutes early on your practice days you also need a dedicated space in your home or your garage. Your yoga space doesn't have to be ideal but it does need to be undisturbed and give you enough space for the poses and sun salutations.
Having a dedicated yoga space, like a Fitness 19 studio makes a massive difference to your morning practice and how well you can sustain this practice over time. You will find that when you enter the yoga studio you also enter the yoga space, your mind adjusts to the practice environment.
You've probably seen images online of people demonstrating advanced yoga poses as if it's the easiest thing in the world, actually, these poses take thousands of hours to cultivate as well as a dedication to the form. It's not useful to compare yourself to these images.
Still, you can use the images as inspiration for where you would like to get to eventually, but remember to start out easy. Begin with breathing and movement (vinyasa) and basic yoga poses (ashtanga), master the foundation of yoga first, it's easier said than done.
After a few days or weeks of practicing morning yoga, you might find yourself getting a little bored, even when you're at the beginning of your journey and everything is fresh. Goal setting is one way to keep yourself motivated and continue to make progress.
So what do yoga goals look like in practice? They can be anything that inspires or motivates you. If you're quite ambitious you might want to perform an advanced yoga pose which is an excellent long term goal. Others include improving a specific position or gaining more flexibility.
Keep it simple
Even if you are motivated by advanced yoga poses you need to keep it simple in the beginning, if you overextend yourself it could put you off yoga at best or cause you an injury. Also, the path to advanced yoga poses needs the mastery of simple poses.
For the first few weeks and months of your morning yoga routine you don't need to worry about mastering the poses too much, it's more important to establish healthy patterning and to continue to turn up on the mat. Concentrate on this at first, everything else will follow.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.