New Year’s resolution: stay in your bed for morning yoga
In collaboration with Yoga Magazine.
New year is traditionally the time for making New Year’s resolutions. A fresh start to making new dreams come true. Keeping these resolutions requires a great deal of discipline. So don’t make it too difficult for yourself and stay in your bed for morning yoga.
It is still pitch black outside, you can hear the wind blowing, and then you realise that the irritating buzz is your alarm clock. You really intended to get up for your morning yoga, but, your soft bed is so nice and warm…. The solution for hibernation is simple: bed yoga.
Waking up is more difficult in winter than in summer. It is a physical process: we wake up because the sleep hormone melatonin in your body decreases. This hormone works on a day-and-night rhythm: as soon as it becomes light, the melatonin level automatically decreases. If the alarm clock goes off on a dark winter morning, this is, of course, not the case. That’s why getting up early in the summer is a lot easier than in the winter.
If you start the day with yoga, you will benefit from it all day long. So start the day by stretching quietly and by consciously breathing deeper.
Do this series of yoga exercises while you are still in sleep mode – the sleepy glow takes your mind along for the ride.