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Savor the Morning Light

Croton Yoga Instructor Elisha Fernandes writes about the benefits of practicing yoga in the morning light.

 

 

I savor the moment when I am the first one to wake up in my house in the morning. The silence surrounds me, and I can watch the sun rise and fill the sky with its brightness. Each morning has its unique beauty, declaring yet another day to celebrate experiences, being present and with our loved ones.

In this month’s Yoga Journal, Catherine Gutherie states in her wellness column entitled See the light, that when we take in the beautiful blue-spectrum light of the morning for at least 20 minutes per day without sunglasses, we can keep our hormone processes regulated, which helps our sleep quality, alertness, and mood.

Additionally, when we increase our exposure to morning light, it helps set the body’s circadian rhythm, the synching of physiological processes with the 24-hour solar cycle. The circadian rhythm is what governs the timing of the release of cortisol and other hormones that help us stay alert during the day, and sleep at night. In turn, this can slow the risk of insomnia, cognitive slowdown, and depression according to a growing body of research, Gutherie states.

Practice yoga outside in the morning, with a few sun salutes to start your day, and honor the celebration of being here.  Or, enjoy the beauty of Croton by taking a stroll on the landing…

Namaste

Elisha Fernandes Simpson CKYT, RYT, aka laughing heart yoga classes begin September 21st.  Mommy and Me, family and kids (ages 8 -18) yoga. See her schedule at her host studio hudsonyoga.com.

Become a friend on Facebook's laughing hearts yoga page. Tweet her at ElishaLHY  or just use good ol’ email: info@laughingheartyoga.com

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