The benefits are undeniable, but will you add this to your morning routine?
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are currently on their first royal tour, during which they will visit Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand.
And, on the fourth day of their Pacific adventure, the couple slipped off their shoes and walked barefoot across the world-famous Bondi Beach in Australia.
During their time there, Meghan opened up about the impact pregnancy is having on her body to local Charlotte Connell.
“Meghan told me that pregnancy was like having jet lag,” Connell, 35, said, as reported by Sky News.
“She said she was up at 4:30 a.m. this morning doing yoga in her room as she couldn’t sleep.”
While the 4.30am start time is new, Meghan’s passion for yoga is not: indeed, she previously told previously told Best Health Magazine that “yoga is my thing”.
“My mom is a yoga instructor, and I started doing mommy-and-me yoga with her when I was seven,” she said, adding that she always makes time for a vinyasa (an athletic type of yoga, otherwise known as ‘power yoga’) session in the morning.
“I was very resistant as a kid,” Meghan continued. “But she said, ‘Flower, you will find your practice – just give it time.’ In college, I started doing it more regularly.”
She added: “I used to run all the time, but I typically get picked up for work [on Suits] at 4:15 in the morning on a Monday, so there isn’t much time for jogging and I would rather have that extra hour of sleep. Now, I change it up [and] I’ll do yoga [instead].”
According to experts, vinyasa yoga is packed full of health benefits: think increased flexibility and muscle strength, greater happiness, increased mental focus, and better sleep. It also regulates your breathing and helps the brain release important endorphins, leading to relaxation and decreased anxiety.
It is worth noting that if you practice first thing in the morning, before even eating breakfast, you’ll also benefit from having an empty stomach. Twists and challenging arm balances come easier when you’re not competing with digestion.
With proven energy-boosting properties, too, it seems fair to say that yoga in the morning sets the tone for the day, giving you time to set goals and reflect on the ways you’ll deal with challenges posed by your family, friends and co-workers.
Should you, like Meghan, incorporate a yoga routine into your morning?
Well, no one time is right for anyone to practice, so the best thing to do is experiment: dedicate yourself to a morning practice for a week. Be diligent and see if it adds to your quality of life. The next week, switch it up and try for a nightly yoga practice. You may find benefits in both and that some days a certain time works better than others.
Essentially, it’s your practice – take ownership of it.