I’ve been practicing yoga at home for several years and have found that the early morning hours suit me the best. It revs me up - I feel charged with energy, ready to take on the tasks of the day. For you, your ideal time to practice yoga can be in the evening or even mid-day. But if you’re looking to begin an early morning home practice and can’t seem to get down to it, here are some of my tried and tested ways to make it to the mat.
Do the prep work the night prior. Lay out your workout clothes, keep your mat and props handy, choose the music as well as the yoga sequence, so you’re not fumbling in the morning for any of these and wasting those precious minutes.
Be clear about what kind of practice do you want each day. Do you want to practice on your own or follow a yoga video? Do you want a short 10-minute practice, a strenuous 50-minute session or something in-between? Check in with yourself and see what feels right at that moment. Then, download a video or keep a book of poses handy, so you can create a yoga practice that feels good.
Be open to changing up things. If you’ve planned for a 40-minute workout the night before and when you reach your mat in the morning, you only feel like doing a slow 20-minute session, then don’t hesitate in listening to your body. Forcing yourself to do what you don’t feel like doing only saps your energy and motivation.
Stay fresh for your morning yoga session by getting a good night’s sleep. If you stay up late checking your email or watching movies, you may be tempted to hit the snooze button when your alarm beeps. A good night’s sleep also helps you make the most of your yoga session.
Set your alarm. There are better chances of waking up and getting that time for yoga before you begin rushing about for your day, if you have something to wake you up on time.
Reward yourself with something you look forward to. While a morning yoga practice is a reward in itself, if you need an extra nudge, set yourself up for success with small rewards. Like, a new set of yoga pants if you practice regularly for 10 days, or a subscription to an online yoga program if you practice for a month.
How do you plan for your morning yoga practice?