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We all envy those people who easily slide out of bed at 6:00am every morning, eat a nutritious breakfast, get in a gym session, walk the dog and start their working day all before we’ve even brushed our teeth. How do they do it?

They say something becomes a habit if you stick to it for atleast 30 days. Commiting to starting your morning in a consistent way will help to turn struggle into ease. Stop hitting the snooze button and start getting out of bed with purpose and passion.

Building a morning yoga class into your routine will help you to feel energised in the morning and help regulate a normal sleep pattern, waking up earlier equals going to bed earlier! Plus getting exercise in in the morning boxes it off so the rest of the day is yours. It can be harder to commit to evening exercise because we are more likely to cancel. We may feel too tired after a long day at work, dinner plans might present themselves or we may struggle to find childcare.

Still need persuading to leave your bed in a morning? Here are some of the benefits of starting your day off with a yoga class.

1. The body needs to move

When we sleep our body is in rest mode, besides the occasional twitch, our bodies are still for around eight hours a night. While the muscles arent moving, layers of connective tissue build up between them. Our instinct in the morning when we wake up is often to do a full body stretch before we get out of bed. This is our bodies way of telling us we need to release those layers. If we don’t move and stretch throughout the morning these layers can continue to thicken and build throughout the day causing stiffness, aches and pains. So if you work seated at a desk or driving for most of the day, your body will thank you for getting up and moving early on!

2. Calm the nervous system

When our alarm jolts us out of sleep its easy to feel stressed before the day has even started. Getting kids ready for school, making breakfasts and rush hour traffic can all leave us feeling a little anxious. Fitting a yoga practice into your morning routine allows you to take some time out for you. Helping to calm the mind reducing stress and making you better equipped to handle stressful situations throughout the day. In yoga we focus on the movement flowing with the breath. We slow the breath down to calm the mind. When we breathe quickly our body goes into fight or flight mode, this can cause panic or anxiety. By slowing the breath we reduce stress hormones.

3. Heightens productivity and alertness

Starting your morning in a good frame of mind sets you up for continuing your day in the same way. Focusing early in the morning helps to stay focused for the rest of the day, and increase our productivity. Something ourselves or our bosses can appreciate during the working hours.

4. Who needs caffeine?

A morning coffee might be the first thing you reach for when you wake up, its not the best for us but we rely on it to give us that buzz we need to get going with our day. Doing exercise in the morning works the same way. An active yoga session is stimulating and energising, waking up the body, getting the heart rate up, blood pumping and releasing those endorphins that help lift our mood. Some good examples of dynamic movements that do this are sun salutations, backbends and twists.

5. Sweat is good

Did you know the average person has 2.6 million sweat glands? We may look at sweating as a bad thing, an inconvenience. But it actually works in our favour! Sweat fights germs, the glands excrete a natural antiobiotic called ‘dermciden’, helping to keep our skin and bodies clean and healthy. Its no doubt in a heated yoga class you will work up a sweat, but this will help your body to get rid of any toxins from the skin, helping you to start your day right. Follow with a shower and feel refreshed and re-energised from the inside out!

If you want to read more check out our blog post on the Benefits of Hot Yoga

Which way is up?

Blogs have quotes right? The serious ones… ‘Sometimes it’s absolutely necessary to look at the world upside down in order to see things right.’ Or ‘When life turns you upside down, simply just adjust your view to a different perspective, or some slightly silly(er) ones… ‘MOM is WOW turned upside down’ or one I’m quite familiar with ‘turn that frown upside down’ – not that I don’t smile because I definitely do, some would say a resting female dog face is more accurate.

Once somebody said to me that ‘you never come down from a hand stand unhappy because being upside down makes you happy’. I agree, being an avid hand stander myself, I don’t recall a time when a handstand made me unhappy, apart from the fact I fail to hold one for longer than a few seconds but anyway… There’s a reason for this euphoric feeling and it’s not because it’s simply unusual and exciting to be upside down seeing things from a different perspective, but because the increased blood flow to your brain has both an energising and calming effect. And not to mention the wonders it can do for our backs. Everything on this planet fights a constant battle with gravity, which is often lost because let’s face it gravity is a BEAST.  Inverting, whether it be a handstand, headstand, or hanging off the end of your bed allows the spine to decompress and the spinal fluid to circulate which elongates the spine improving the health and flexibility of the vertebral column. Interesting right? Now imagine allowing yourself to hang upside down but not have to put in the gruelling effort of balancing on your head, hands, or worry about falling asleep whilst draped off of your comfy bed… You don’t have to imagine, at The Studio we have exactly that! And it’s called Trapeze Yoga!

The fabulous Nina Jones is teaching Trapeze yoga every Saturday until the 13th July! The first one got off to a flying start with double numbers turning up to ready, steady, fly! You’re probably wondering why this blog bangs on about being upside down so much but that’s all you guys really talked about, commenting on how you were reluctant to go upside down at first but after that there was no stopping you. And another staying behind after class to practice the sequence into a version of ‘Inverted Star’ mainly to get that golden insta pic, but hey nobody is judging. However, it’s not all just fun and games, ok it mostly is… others expressed how their first trapeze class delivered the perfect mixture of things from a fabulous core and upper body workout with pain lingering in days to follow, I think they mean the good pain though, we promise… to a soothing swinging relaxation to finish.

So, if we’ve learnt anything in the last minute, the key to winning the fight against gravity and a happier life is to live it upside down.

Paige

Did you see our article in the MEN?

We had a fantastic class on Sunday lead by Natalia. Rachel Lugo and Christine McGuinness from the Real Houseweives of Cheshire and Jess Cunningham from the Apprentice, joined us for a 90 minute Yin Yang fusion class.

Take a look at what the MEN wrote about the upcoming series of The Real Housewives of Cheshire and how much they love coming to hot yoga at The Studio

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/showbiz-news/real-housewives-cheshire-returning-tenth-16407580