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8 Health Benefits Of Morning Yoga Practice

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

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The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from a Sanskrit word called ”Yuji”, which means union. Yoga is a mind-body exercise that syndicates physical movement, meticulous breathing, and mental peace.

The best part is anybody can do yoga, irrespective of age, gender or lifestyle.

It is so rightly said that treating your body as a temple makes you the god or goddess of that temple. So, it is important to preserve it clean from the inside out. And what better way than practising yoga in the morning as one of the most advantageous routines to your day.

Yoga offers a lot of benefits in curing and preventing health problems. One of the main health concerns we all are facing today is ”stress”. Research studies in the past have shown that yoga in the morning can help minimize your stress hormones and improves your productivity. 

Did you know?

  • Yoga is associated with reduced stress levels and improved mental well-being. Source: ncbi
  • Practicing yoga can improve sleep quality and reduce insomnia symptoms. Source: ncbi
  • Regular yoga practice can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Source: ncbi
  • Practicing yoga during pregnancy can help reduce pregnancy-related discomfort and improve birth outcomes. Source: ncbi

Let’s understand in detail about the benefits of doing yoga especially in the morning:

1. Get Rid of The Morning Muscle Stiffness: 

Conducting yoga asanas or stretching exercises can help muscles and joints loosen up, remove the stiffness and thus allow the proper flow of the blood. Usually, when we sleep, our muscles rest, and layers of connective tissue and bodily fluids can build up. These tissues can cause stiffness and need to be released after waking up. If we avoid stretching or any exercises in the morning, these fluids build up, become thicker causing more stiffness which can lead to tight muscles or pains in the joints.

2. Let Go Off Stress Of The Previous Day: 

Gifting yourself every day an hour or half an hour in the mornings to get going and doing yoga will allow your entire body’s cycle including a nervous system to get back on track. This will also help you to start your day in a relaxed state and let go of the stress of your previous day. Relaxing the stress hormones in the morning can help us improve the health of the body and mind immeasurably. Not only that, it strengthens the immune system as well.

3. Gets your Breathing on Track: 

”Pranayam” or ”Breathing Exercise” is a practice to allow you to control your breathing. ”Pranayam” has been extensively studied to improve lung capacity which is the maximum amount of air that can be expelled from your lungs. This can be beneficial for the functioning of all your organs. 

4. Releases Happy Hormones: 

Have you ever felt happy and sad immediately after a few minutes? Well, those are your tiny hormones playing inside you. Hormones play a very important role in our bodily process, mainly help to regulate our moods and some of these hormones like dopamine and endorphin are known to promote positive feelings and happiness. Studies have shown that meditation in the morning can help dopamine and endorphin production and thus leads to a happy and productive day.

5. Time for yourself: 

It is essential to have at least 10 minutes of ”me-time.” Because studies have shown it helps improve productivity and also provides much needed mental peace to kick-start your morning chores. Doing yoga asanas in the morning alone can help you gain inner peace and energy to face the world every day. It is a way to tell how much you care for yourself – whether it is for 10 minutes or 1 hour.

In my opinion, practising morning yoga has multiple health benefits. Morning yoga might help in reducing stress, strengthen respiratory health, and improve overall health. As all these factors contribute to strengthening the immune system, practising morning yoga might help in boosting immunity.

Dr. Siddharth Gupta, B.A.M.S, M.D (Ayu)

6. Takes Care of Digestive System: 

Studies have proved many times that your gut and your brain are interconnected. If your body cannot absorb and digest the food eaten properly the next morning, then that can create other health issues and may even affect your intake the same day. By doing yoga in the morning, the body’s metabolism is boosted and the digestive system releases waste products and digests the required nutrients very much efficiently. Your peace of mind begins from the belly!

7. Say Bye to Caffeine: 

After waking up in the morning, your mind and body may not be in sync and that’s where we crave for our morning coffees. But, yet as discussed above, your body might feel tight and stiff. Suryanamaskar is also known as Sun salutations is a sequence of 12 powerful yoga asanas. It not only heals your mind and body but provides you instant energy, positivity and can also help boost your work right from the day you start doing the asana. Thus, you can easily say good-bye to your Ek cup of chai/coffee.

I would highly recommend clubbing meditation with your morning yoga routine. After a fresh morning walk and doing your routine morning yoga asanas, meditation might help your body to relax, and your mind to soothe and achieve inner peace along with mindfulness.

Dr. Rajeev Singh, BAMS

8. Boost your focus and concentration

Morning yoga practice can calm you down. It helps improve mental focus and concentration. When you control your breathing, your brain gets loads of fresh oxygen. This will increase your mental clarity and ensure that you are prepared for work and can give your full attention and work with maximum efficiency.

Above all, dedicatedly following yoga practices in the mornings can allow you to become a morning person and let your day not go to waste.

Challenge yourself to get a perfect body, a happy mind, and a calm soul by combining yoga asanas, meditation, pranayama, and a healthy diet.

Read more about: Can You Turn to Yoga for Stress Relief?

Disclaimer: The information included at this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a healthcare professional. Because of unique individual needs, the reader should consult their physician to determine the appropriateness of the information for the reader’s situation.

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