Winter is here. ‘Sunny Coasters’ as the name suggests live in a very sunny part of the world. The sun coming up at 4.30am in the height of summer makes for an area full of early risers. The same cannot be said for the winter though. The early morning Yoga classes at YogaJak start at 6am during the week, and at the moment you’d arrive to class in the twilight of dawn with the temperature anywhere from 5 – 15 degrees.
Even I am finding it very hard to get up out of the sack and to come to class, but I have a good motivational reason as I’m taking the practice! I do find that once I’m on the mat and moving I’m glad I made it. Plus I pump the heating up to 24 degrees to remind us all of what summer was like, so it’s not that bad.
So, as the saying goes, ‘The hardest part of a yoga practice is getting to the mat’. This is true, but once you’re there, you’ll be glad you did make the effort. The early morning sessions set your muscles up for the day by lengthening and strengthening them which helps to prevent injuries during your day. You’re also working on clearing the mind of its usual chatter and creating focus and calm. This is why I love the Vinyasa Yoga style. It kills two birds with one stone! Exercise for the body and the mind.