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It’s true, yoga hasn’t exactly gotten the best representation in the age of Instagram influencers and supposed social media stoics. But it’s important we don’t disregard this ancient practice simply because it’s been co-opted by some wishing to boost their follower count.

Yoga has many benefits, both for the mind and the body, so it’s important we take a more in-depth look at how it can help us, especially in those mornings when we’d rather press the snooze button over just about anything.

Better than…Coffee?

One of yoga’s best benefits for the body is its focus on stretching and the subsequent increase of blood flow. We all know stretching is great for waking up (we do it naturally), and this is because stretching helps increase blood flow. Stretching also helps keeps muscle health, improve the rotation of the joints, and reduce tightness in the muscles that lead to injury.

All of this is a great way to start your morning – before you even have your first cup of coffee.

Better Brain Activity

Stretching isn’t merely beneficial for your body; it also helps increase your brain activity first thing in the morning. Getting your brain going early is an excellent way to increase your energy and positivity first thing after waking. Remember, seldom do people grow truly weary from engaging in physical activities they enjoy – it’s often derived from mental exhaustion that comes from a lack of partaking in such activities.

Exercise First, Phone Last

One unintended benefit of yoga in the morning is that it gets you to focus on something else after waking other than scrolling through social media. Apart from the hazards of blue light and the stress induced by mindless social media engagement, yoga in the morning is a great way to break the normal morning routine of modernity and focus on a more holistic start to one’s day.

Yoga is an excellent way to start your morning, get your body moving, and start your day off on the right foot. For more information on yoga poses and how to perform them safely and effectively, check out this source for inspiration on creating a great morning with yoga.