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Morning routines Why you should do yoga every morning

This ancient practice dates back to India. It is about finding peace and focus and is great for the body, from your posture to your flexibility.

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You get out of bed every morning, after pushing snooze on your alarm a few times, and then roll out, feeling stiff and sore.

Maybe you do a small stretch before heading to wash. Well, it's time to turn that stretch into a yoga session. You'll soon feel great. This ancient practice dates back to India. It is about finding peace and focus and is great for the body, from your posture to your flexibility.

Here is why you should do some yoga every morning at home.

It will get you moving

Mornings are best for exercise because you have the day ahead of you and no excuses. Often when you wait until the end of the day, something will come up. Yoga is a great workout and you tailor it to your needs or ability.

You connect to your body

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Yoga is about strength and durability, going deep into a pose and holding it. You learn your limits and to respect them. It's all about you, no competition. Doing it regularly will help you learn more about the way you move and how you may want to improve flexibility or movement.

You will be calmer and have a better breathing technique

One of the dominant aspects of yoga is the breathing exercises, also known as pranayama, which are incorporated into positions and then on their own. Your best bet is checking out some YouTube videos and being guided through the breathing exercises. They will help you manage stress through the day.

It will improve your posture

You may go and sit all day after your yoga practice, but hopefully you will become more mindful. Yoga is pretty effective at helping you develop proper posture, since a lot of the breathing and seated positions require a straight back for proper effect. You learn how to elongate your spine and engage your stomach muscles.

Less back pain

Yoga is a great way to combat back pain. It's recommended by the USA National Institutes of Health as a way to ease pain and stretch muscles. A study funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)  found that after six months of yoga, those suffering from low back pain had significantly less pain, disability, and depression. Depending on the pain you are experiencing a quick search on YouTube will find an exercise suited to you.

To get started with Yoga, YouTube is your best friend. Try this series, or this one.

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