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Morning Yoga

Every since starting yoga and experiencing all the unbelievable and uplifting benefits that yoga can hold, I’ve tried to make a point of doing it once or twice a day. However, this year I’ve been trying to do yoga a lot more, 2-3 times a day, sometimes even four. But my main goal is to do yoga every morning.

Why? You may ask. Well for me it’s simple.

It makes me feel less anxious and throughout the day. I find that if I can burn a certain amount of energy in the morning, I have a better handle, a better control over my anxiety and depression. I feel like I’m able to push the bad away easier, making it near impossible to attack me.

I did say near impossible.

Doing yoga in the morning hasn’t cured me of my depression or my anxiety but it has helped me gain more confidence in my control over it, I feel as though I have been given a new tool in life to help and now all I want to do is take full advantage!

But I still have to remember to pace myself, not just because for most of my life I have lived the life of a slob but also because of my eating disorder. When I say slob, I mean when I was able to bring to myself to eat something it was usually a piece of chocolate, or a piece of pizza, crisps, more chocolate, ice-cream, and basically everything you are warned not to eat a lot of due to health problems in the future. I despite my “pig outs” when I could, I was still extremely under weight, I still am.

And so because of that I have made a few rules up for myself to follow when doing my yoga practice, which are the following:

No breakfast? Then no yoga!

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Breakfast Cereal

Breakfast has always been a BIG no, no for me. Mainly because for five years of my life I spent every single morning with my head down the toilet throwing up stomach acid due to the emptiness of my belly contents and not only by then was food FAR off my mind, but I also believed that food would make me feel worse.

I’m honestly amazed at how untrue that is! I only eat (not every morning, it’s still a work in progress) small things in the morning, such as; A yogurt, a bowl of fruit, yogurt and a bowl of fruit, half a bowl of cereal or what I usually ended up eating more than anything else for breakfast, a banana.

When having a banana before yoga, I notice that my muscle are more relaxed, and are easily to bend and sway to my will. Stretching has become a breeze! I also notice I have lot more energy to hold myself up in certain positions and throughout the day. My moods are usually a little higher and I feel the control that my anxiety and depression have over me slip slightly.

I know a lot of people like to do yoga on an empty stomach but again due to my issues, I get more benefits when I before than I do when I try doing yoga on an empty stomach.

TAKE BREAKS!

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yoga break

One of my problems when doing something is I like to get it DONE. Which means I really don’t like taking any breaks and the same applies with yoga but with all the energy that yoga can take up, it’s easily to quickly run yourself down.

So, now, I like to remember to throw in 5-10 minute breaks into my sessions.

And I ALWAYS take at least 10-15 second break before going into a new pose.

A lot of my breaks will consist of cuddle time with one of my cats, as I am never alone when doing yoga. I like having my cats around me when I’m doing yoga, they are great reminders that a break is always needed.

Always stretch first.

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Yoga stretches

I always make sure to stretch my body before doing yoga, with some of the poses I like to do it really helps stop any cramps from attacking.

Stretching before and after yoga practice can really benefit you and your body. It can lend a helping hand in increasing our strength and prevent a lot of injuries from occurring while doing yoga.

Not to mention that it helps loosen up your muscles and body, helping you achieve those yoga poses you are trying to achieve.

Yoga Pose
Yoga Pose

Set my self small goals.

Before I do my yoga I make sure I have my small goals in mind. My small goals I like to write up over on the weekends and try to memorise them for the rest of the week, sometimes for the whole month if I’m still not making the kind of progress I am hoping to make.

AVOID CAFFEINE

Now most people who have anxiety know this, however, if you are not aware then I’ll be happy to inform you to help you, help yourself better, that caffeine is terrible for anxiety suffers. (I’ll be writing a post on this in more depth and posting the link here once it’s available for reading).

But yeah, I now try my best to avoid tea, coffee and any caffeinated infused drinks.

Never compare myself to other fellow Yogis.

Sometimes our biggest demon is comparison. We can’t help but compare ourselves to other’s sometimes and in yoga that still stands, especially when following along with a yoga Youtube Video and comparing how more far along they are than you.

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It can make you question yourself a lot which can be both good and bad. Good, because it can give you more motivation to do it and to it more often but bad, because sometimes once that little part of your brain is switched on…it can be hard to switch it off again. You start to question if you are doing the poses right, is your breathing in line? Should I use my block, they don’t need one?

Being an overthinking, it’s hard to shut these thoughts off and so I limit myself to what videos I watch and when. There’s no point in watching a Youtube video for yoga beginners if I am going to spend most of that time focusing on questioning myself rather than focusing on what my body is doing.

And so I make a conscious effort not to let myself “fall down the rabbit hole.”

EAT AFTER or have a protein shake/ smoothie

As well as making sure I have something to eat before I do yoga, I like to make sure I have something a little more filling afterwards. Sometimes doing yoga can set off that little alarm in your body that tells me I’m hungry (Something I seriously struggle with, I don’t get many warnings that I’m hungry because my body is so used to running on nothing) and so I’ll be ABLE as well as WANTING to eat after my morning yoga practice.

I hope this post can help inspire you to take the journey that yoga has to offer and maybe some of my rules can help you!

Do you do yoga? Do you have you’re own rules? I’d love to hear about them down below in the comments. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their week, and makes the most of this summer weather!

Published by tinkablee

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  1. I have read many good things about yoga but I’ve never practised it myself. I am not very flexible so maybe it’s something I should take up. I can see how it would be good for both the body and mind. Thanks for sharing your routine x

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    1. That’s the great thing about yoga! You dont have to be flexible, you work along with your body and become more in tune and if felxabilty is something you are wanting then yoga can get you there when practiced safely😄

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and read my post, I really appreciate it🥰 x

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  2. This is a great post. I really like yoga and would love to do more of it. I also feel huge benefits when I do yoga in the morning, although it can be difficult for me to do yoga in the morning because of my toddler.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Alyssa
    THESACREDSPACEAP.COM

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  3. Great post! I try and do yoga three days a week – in the mornings, if I have time, but that generally doesn’t work out if I have to be up early for work. I try and work from home once a week so I’ll do yoga around lunchtime to break up my day and refresh myself, and I always get a routine in on a Sunday to prepare myself for the week. I struggle to get in any more than that as my self-discipline is terrible (I’m working on it) but I really do notice a difference when I practice.

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  4. I love doing yoga though my flexibility and strength are not there yet for some of the poses. Sounds like you’ve got great rules to get to the best you. Keep it up! 🙂

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  5. I’ve been thinking of getting into yoga for a while and this has spurred me on even more. I love the idea of a cuddle with your cat in between too! My Tilly is always roaming when I’m exercising so I think it’d be quite easy to have a quick cuddle break 😂

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