Welcome Your Day with Morning Yoga

Most of us lead pretty busy lives; no matter how many times we say we’re going to hit the gym after work or catch that lunchtime class something often gets in the way. The beauty of morning yoga is that it’s always there for you. It creates consistency to the day. When we take time for ourselves, even if it’s just 15 minutes every morning, we’re allowing for peace, grace, and positivity to radiate long after we leave the mat. An A.M. yoga routine can be anything from asana to meditations. Take a moment to focus on the breath in order to enter the day with more gratitude and strength. Practicing yoga in the morning can carry us through the whole day feeling grounded and energized. It’s morning yoga, for the win.

The Perfect Morning Yoga Practice for You

Some of us are known snoozers while others jump out of bed with pep; some of us take our time getting ready while others rush out of the door with only to-go coffee and barely combed hair. Luckily, no matter the type of morning person you are, there’s yoga that just right for your daily routine.

From asana practices like vinyasa, kundalini, and hatha or restorative yoga, pranayama practices, and meditation, there’s a practice to meet your personality each and every morning.

vinyasa

Vinyasa

Tired? Fire up your day and get energized as you flow from posture to posture.
hatha

Hatha

Busy? Move with fluidity as you balance strength and flexibility to meet the day mindfully.
pranayama

Pranayama

In a rush? Utilize breath control—the vital energy in your body— to tap into your authentic being.
meditation

Meditation

Mind racing? Find clarity from the start and enjoy a more calm state of being throughout your day.

“Yoga is not about self-improvement, it’s about self-acceptance.”

Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
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Morning Yoga: From Waking to Awakening

There are many benefits to practicing yoga in the morning. One of the most enlightening aspects of starting your day off with moving meditation is in its ability to connect waking up with awakening. If we can resist the immediate pull toward external stimuli, and focus instead on attuning our body and breath we can be more open to all that the universe has to offer. Each day gives us the opportunity to start anew. Discover the in-depth reasonings behind why morning yoga is one of the best things you can do for yourself both within and without in this stimulating article.

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Transform Your Morning with Intentional Movement

For Fitness Expert and Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner Claudia Richey, morning yoga is different every day. Some mornings she may wake up and choose to practice long holds or she may greet the day with a simple meditation. As someone who motivates and teaches other people to find what’s right for them, Richey notes that often people enjoy moving according to their body-mind type, or their Ayurvedic Dosha. Finding their Dosha (Pitta, Kapha or Vata) and adjusting the speed, pace and intensity of their practice accordingly has shown to be a rewarding experience that can conjure up feelings of joy, peace, and sometimes even an unexpected sense of euphoria. She elaborates on the benefits of a.m. yoga in this educational article.

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Wake Up with A.M. Yoga on Gaia

  • Begin the Day with Self Care
  • Maintain a Calm Body & Mind
  • Connect to a Positive Intention for the Day
  • Create a Healthy Daily Routine
  • Connect & Tune-In For All-Day Health

“When I unrolled the mat, I was in the mood to just have it be over. Fifteen seconds into child's pose I was melting gratefully, and fifteen minutes later, so hungry for another six or eight hours of this... Namaste.”

JT Acklin, Gaia Member
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Summer Solstice: Rhythm and Ritual Through Yoga

The summer solstice is known as the longest day of the year, this is not because it’s a tiring day full of strife, but because it’s the day the Earth experiences maximum tilt toward the sun, giving us the most rays out of the 365 days. It’s helpful to imagine the earth’s rotation around the sun, complete in a single year, as a cycle of respiration. In yoga we take breaths that mirror these seasonal changes and these breathing techniques can aid us to better connect to ourselves and any type of transition we encounter. Discover the breath waves that correspond to the four main solar events of the year and what they can do for your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being in this illuminating article.

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Hatha, 22 min.

AM & PM Yoga for Beginners

Increase circulation, center your mind, and improve your mobility in just 22 minutes with Rodney Yee in this AM Yoga for Beginner’s class. Awaken your body and energize your soul as Rodney guides you through an easy-to-follow sequence that combines relaxation techniques, flowing poses, and grounding meditation. The morning is a perfect time to get aligned with the natural rhythms of the body and find focus for what lies ahead. Take a few minutes for yourself in the morning to make the whole day more meaningful and set the foundation for productivity and ease.

Vinyasa, 28 min.

A New Dawn, A New Day: Rise and Shine

What would you like to get out of your day? What qualities would you like to see more of in yourself and others? Practicing yoga first thing in the morning is a great way to jumpstart your day. Transition your body from sleep into action with thoughtful movements that will help your whole body wake up. Gina Caputo guides this quick and thorough vinyasa practice that will help you say, “good morning,” to your body, mind, and spirit, leaving you in a great mood, refreshed, and full of energy.

Hatha, 15 min.

Morning Ritual

Connect your body and breath with your heart in this quick and effective morning vinyasa practice with Ashleigh Sergeant. Set a clear intention for the day as you get centered, enlivened and grounded in just 15 minutes. It’s the perfect new ritual to add to your daily routine. Discover the most effective poses that will help you be gentle, caring, and loving as you wake up the body and start the day off on the right foot.

Vinyasa, 20 min.

Get Up and Go: 20 Minute Morning Flow

Start this non-stop flow by flushing out stagnant tired energy from sleep with a simple twisting detox. Ashley Turner leads this 20-minute vinyasa class to help you start your day energized and ready to go. She’ll help you activate your inner organs to get your blood flowing and work up a sweat. Plus, she’ll take you through a standing series that will open the hips and spine to bring a since a clarity to your day. Finish with a quick ab series and delicious cool down to meet your day with confidence.

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