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Start Your Day on the Right Foot with a Yoga Morning Routine

yoga-morning-routine-beginnersWhat better way to start the day than with yoga? Not only will it energize you, you’ll be clear-minded and you’ll  handle the day’s stresses so much better! By having a morning yoga routine,  you also don’t ever have to worry about skipping an evening class ever again because you already did it in the morning.

Now I know that setting up a yoga morning routine at home can be quite a challenge because —you guessed it— you have to get up earlier. I can assure you though that after 21 days it will be easier (they say it takes 21 days to create a habit and 90 days for a lifestyle) so don’t give up!

Here are some tips that I researched and want to share with you as to how to set up a yoga morning routine starting tomorrow!

Choose a Designated Space to Practice

This may be tricky depending your setup. If you have limited space, you may have to move things around the night before. The best thing to do is to designate a space that is only for your yoga practice. I recommend that you leave your yoga mat permanently there as this will remind you to stick to your morning practice.

Prep the Night Before and Get Enough Sleep 

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For a successful yoga morning routine, leave your mat in a designated area permanently. When you see it, you will be reminded of your commitment!
  • Prepare lunches, select your clothes and anything else you need to do the night before. You want to be present for your morning practice 100% and not stress over about what you need to do right after.
  • Don’t forget to choose your morning yoga sequence the night before. Make sure you have your tablet, laptop or TV ready to use so you can follow online videos
  • Set your alarm to make sure you go to bed earlier than your usual time as you will be getting up earlier from now on. You need 7-8 hours of sleep anyway.

The Morning of: Replenish with H2O

The first thing to do is when you wake up is to drink 2-3 glasses of water to hydrate your body after your beauty sleep.

No Pressure. Start Easy with Baby Steps

To really get the benefits of yoga, it’s best to have 60 minute sessions. But many of us aren’t early birds so it takes double the effort so yeah I hear ya.

Instead of committing immediately to 60 minute yoga sessions, how about you start with 30 minutes? If that is still too much then start with 5 and then 10 minutes the next day and increase the length every few days or weekly.

What matters is that you simply do yoga first thing in the morning.  

Take a Shower to Wake up

While many people start the day with coffee to get through the morning, you should really skip it for morning yoga.

Instead hit the shower to perk yourself up. Start with a  warm shower (not hot as that will make you more sleepy) and end the last 5 minutes with a cold shower. The temperature change will shock your body to wake itself up!

* Bonus Tip: cold showers boost your immune system so you get fewer colds and flus, smoother skin, and shiny hair.

If you’re really pressed for time in the morning,  try white tea as it has the least caffeine content out of all teas or eat 2 pieces of dark chocolate.

Should I Eat Before Morning Yoga?

As a general rule, it’s best to do yoga on an empty stomach.

We really want to avoid feeling heavy and sluggish which will distract us from our practice and make it more difficult to transition from pose to pose smoothly.

What to Eat Before Yoga in the Morning?

But if you must eat (I know how distracting it is to practice yoga when your stomach is growling),  then eat a banana, a handful of raw unsalted almonds, half an avocado, a light smoothie or my personal favorite a green juice! Anything light and healthy will do the trick.

My Recommended 15-Minute Quick Yoga Morning Routine

Sure you can find a local studio that has early classes but why stress about the commute and morning traffic? The best way to get the benefits of a morning yoga is to practice from your own home. If you have kids, practicing yoga is great because you have your “me” time and you can still continue with the rest of your morning routine.

Here’s a refreshing 15 minute class led by Maria Garre perfect to jumpstart your morning.

My Recommended 50-Minute Morning Yoga Sequence

Here’s a 50-minute morning yoga sequence led with Mark Morford with rave reviews.

=>You can find these invigorating morning yoga and yoga for waking up classes at YogaDownload. Click here to read my review.<=

Do you know of any other tips to start a yoga morning routine that I missed? What works for you?

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10 Comments

  1. Kurtis Quick Kurtis Quick

    I am really new to yoga and by really new I mean I have been thinking about trying it. I am not flexible at all and it hurts to stretch. Should I still do yoga in the morning? Are there videos you recommend I watch to follow along and learn some basic moves?

    • Hey Kurtis. Yoga and stretching should not be painful for you. There are gentle type of yoga classes that you can start with like Restorative and Iyengar yoga, but since you say that you have a lot of pain when stretching, I would consult a doctor first before starting yoga.

  2. Shannon Shannon

    Great site, I love Yoga. It’s helped me so much and I have been doing it for over ten years now. Love your tips, I think I will employ a few! I am currently doing pre-natal yoga to prepare for the birth of my little one. Any tips or good moves you could recommend?

    • Hi Shannon! I’m planning to write a post on pre-natal yoga. When you sign up to my mailing list, you will be the first to know when it’s up! I’m happy to hear that yoga made such a difference to you in your life. Keep on practicing! 🙂

  3. David David

    My wife has asked me to research some yoga while she was shopping and I came across your site – this is seriously interesting – I may even take it up myself, drinking all that water would be difficult but I’m sure you can get accustomed to it? The 15 minute routine looks good also, very uplifting I must say!

    • Hey David! Here’s a tip: if drinking plain water is a challenge you can infuse it with lemon or other fruits!

      I’m pleased that you find the 15-minute video uplifting. Let me know how it goes when you try this routine out with your wife.

  4. Brandon Brandon

    Great suggestions here! I like your tip about getting EVERYTHING ready before going to bed that night. 99% of the time I simply can not function in the morning correctly. So I don’t know how I’ll be able to find the motivation to start doing yoga AND getting everything ready.

    Also, I had no idea that doing yoga on an empty stomach was more preferred. But it totally makes sense after reading this article. I wouldn’t want to feel sluggish while doing it. Thank you so much for this great article 🙂

    -Brandon

    • Hey Brandon! I think prepping the night before is the most important thing for the same reason you said: I can’t function in the morning correctly. And doing yoga first thing in the morning definitely takes a lot of willpower so we need to put on our energy towards our commitment so that we actually follow through. Thank you for the compliments! I wish you all the best!

  5. Ms. Kay Ms. Kay

    I discovered Yoga two years ago, but haven’t really committed myself to it as much as I would like. I am really digging the 15-minute quick yoga morning routine. I get up real early in the morning and would like to get some yoga in to start my day…15 minutes is real quick way to start my day off right.

    • Yup it sure is. I was surprised to find out that even a 15 minute routine makes a difference to your day!

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