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Before you attempt to book a yoga class, you might want to consider practicing yoga at home. I personally train at home with my husband every day before bed. While you may not feel like it, and may find it boring, the benefits of yoga are known to be numerous. Staying on your mat for 20 minutes a day can improve your balance, flexibility, strength, and even skin tone.. Read more about basic yoga poses and let us know what you think.

I have to admit that I don’t like mornings, especially early mornings. Unless I have a particularly interesting reason for getting up earlier than I should, I don’t really do it. So don’t ask me to walk, that’s too hard for me.

But what I can do effortlessly is wake up and do a simple series of yoga exercises. It may take a few days to get used to, but you’ll notice the benefits right away and feel different on the days you don’t work out. Tried and tested!

So, from my personal experience and also from listening to students, here are the top 5 benefits you will feel when you start practicing morning yoga. Remember: It doesn’t have to be very early, it depends on what time your day usually starts!

1. You will be able to focus on the day ahead.

You can begin the process of awakening by clearing your mind with a short meditation. You’ll be ready to focus on a few simple one-legged balances (like standing at full height with one knee against your chest, or a standard tree pose), and you’ll need to stay focused.

This forces you to wake up and your brain will be more ready than ever to focus on the next tasks of the day.

2. You increase your energy level

By default, the movement of your body includes the movement of your cells and thus their oxygen supply. When your cells are renewed by the oxygen flowing through and between them, your whole body comes alive. It’s a simple process, and it’s scientifically proven.

Some people buy a jumper and just jump 30-60 seconds every morning. Others may not have enough space at home and prefer a gentle series of sun salutations for their morning workout. It’s not called sun salutation for nothing!

Getting your head, arms and legs into a position they wouldn’t normally be in for the rest of the day is a super-energetic way to start the day. You will immediately feel fresher, lighter and definitely more awake!

3. You reduce your stress level

With better oxygenated cells and a clearer focus on the day ahead, you will automatically feel more relaxed: You are no longer anxious about an important meeting with the boss and you know exactly what to do to make a new day a success. Your stress level will be lower and you will be able to face the day with a more positive attitude.

4. You can eat more!

Foodies like me will particularly appreciate this point: We all know that exercise can promote weight loss. Spending 20-30 minutes each morning between the exercises Dog Down, Plank and Warrior II will speed up your metabolism, improve your digestion and the extra calories will naturally disappear.

So yes, you can afford the occasional dessert without having a bad conscience! As always, be careful not to overdo it. It’s your body: Treat him as he deserves!

5. You have a good tone.

Not only will you be able to enjoy some extra calories, but your body will begin to change shape (for the better): Your arms will be fuller, your back will be stronger and your legs will look even longer in skinny jeans. I’m not promising you’ll lose four sizes in a month, but give it a shot and you (and the people around you) will start to notice positive changes.

Remember: You don’t have to go or drive to your favorite studio at 6am to practice morning yoga! You can do all this in the comfort of your own home. Everything you need:

A yoga mat (or even just a mat)
device that is connected to the internet and can stream a simple yoga video for you.

Below is also a simple procedure you can do every day when you wake up.

Morning Yoga
1. Savasana

Start by lying face up on the mat in a relaxed supine position.

2. ventral turn

Bring the knees to the chest, lower them to the right, look over the left shoulder, open the arms in a T-shape and feel the stretch in the spine. After 5 breaths, switch sides.

3. The cow cat

On all fours: Do the four cats, follow your breathing and massage your spine.

4. Sun salutation / Surya Namaskar A

Do 3 slow sun salutations (Surya Namaskar A in Sanskrit).

What about you? What would get you out of bed earlier than usual? What changes have you noticed if you’ve been doing yoga in the morning for a while? Share your experience with the community in the comments below!

Photo credits: Paige Renee.

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