Yoga in the morning is amazing! After 7-8 hours (hopefully) of shut-eye, our body responds affectionately to movement, and our mind is clear and receptive to positive ideas and messages. Our breath is ready for us to deepen and expand its potency, and our energy is just waiting to be stirred up after a long siesta.
In an attempt to ease into my day more mindfully, I decided to work yoga into my morning routine. Studies suggest that doing yoga can relieve anxiety and make you more flexible, and since I'm a high-strung person with a running habit (and subsequently, tight muscles), I could use both of those benefits. Plus, I've been meaning to return to a regular practice. Ever since moving last summer—and saying good-bye to the studio where I was a member—my mat has spent most of its time rolled up in the corner of my living room. I was never a morning yoga-doer before, but it's a habit I've always wanted to get into since it all but ensures you'll actually hit the mat. (A regular walking routine is another good habit to form.