How do you usually begin your day? And have you noticed how different your day is depending on whether you start out with a ritual or start out running around? Mindset or perception is everything and is a vital concept in yoga philosophy. According to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, humans suffer because of our perception. If we can change our viewpoint, if we can polish the lens through which we see the world, we will encounter less suffering.
Yoga Sutra 1.2 Citta Vritti Nirodaha: Yoga is the resolution of the (dysfunctional) mind states, essentially means that yoga is the ability to direct the mind without distraction or interruption and is the pillar around which the entire text is built. Learning to control and quiet the mind takes dedication and practice. What better way to start off your day than to create the intention for your day through mindful movement and breath?
Choosing to practice yoga in the morning has the power to create a positive attitude you can extend throughout your day. You’ve likely heard that we don’t have much control over external events, all we can control is our own reaction to them. When you get centered before embarking on your day, no matter what external events occur, you’ll find you have more space in your reaction time you’ll feel more calm and collected. Less reaction and more peace sounds good, right?
Stepping onto your yoga mat to start your day not only shifts your perspective, but it boosts your physical well-being too. Yoga warms your muscles, stimulates circulation, stokes digestion, and impacts the lymphatic system to help flush out toxins. It’s a great way to feel strong, centered, and ready to embrace the day as your best self. Choose to take control of your body, thoughts, and mood.
We’re always here to make it as easy as hitting the Play button and this week is no different. Check out this week’s selection of classes designed to start your day right.
Good Morning Flow 1: Here & Now - Jackie Casal Mahrou
Wake Up Slowly 4 - Keith Allen
Rise, Flow and Shine! - Pradeep Teotia
Morning Routine to Start Your Day - Robert Sidoti
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