5 Reasons Why You Should Move Through
Sun Salutations In The Morning
Spine Circulation & mobility
Lying down for an extended period of time can wreak havoc on small supportive muscles that keep us erect. Why? Because while we sleep little or no movement decreases blood flow & circulation to muscles and body systems. Doing light movement and sun salutations in the morning can help to warm up the spine in a very gentle way – increasing blood circulation and mobility of the vertebral joints.
In India they call it Pranayama – Prana is vital life force energy. The true essence of life. Breath work evens out and strengthens our lung capacity. Our stressful lives call for light shallow breath, reducing the amount of oxygen to our cells which reduce their capacity to function at an optimal level. All of this will eventually lead to degeneration, slow metabolism and illness. Breath work improves our strength on a cellular level leading to an overall healthy body. Not to mention that deep breathing also reduces stress and encourages healthy thinking. Integrating this practice can really improve your mood for the remainder of the day.
A routine morning stretch can really help to keep muscles and joints mobile and flexible. Doing simple stretches can improve muscle tissue around the hip and shoulder – common target areas of tightness. Sitting at a desk for long periods of time can shorten some muscles and elongate others – creating an imbalance between muscles that essentially work together to produce healthy and balanced movement in our every day. Dedicating some time to stretch muscles will help to stave off further imbalances that can lead to more severe health concerns.
Working out first thing in the morning, preferably before eating will help you burn fat faster. Doing this will also help burn calories at a faster speed throughout the day (Excess Post Oxygen Consumption). In order for the body to achieve homeostasis during cardio, the respiratory & cardiovascular systems must work harder to maintain an internal body temperature and homeostasis (balance). The release of these oxygen molecules to the cells increase cellular metabolism, therefore helping to burn more calories and at a faster speed.
The Indian culture has many different morning rituals. I believe that having a dedicated ritual or routine for yourself is very healthy. Why? Because it is space that you have created for your self, for self care, for self love. Beginning your day in a peaceful space that you have created for yourself establishes a safe ground or building block to your life. Rituals bring aware to not only our personal needs but also our boundaries.
By: Alessandra de Oliveira
Owner / Director
Laya Spa & Yoga