Looking to start (or commit to) a morning yoga practice—but don’t exactly bound out of bed and make a beeline for your mat? It might be because you’re not a morning person, and if that’s the case, there’s actual scientific evidence that might explain why you’re not so chipper after your alarm goes off.
However, studies show that those who get an early start on the day report being happier than night owls. In fact, becoming a morning person can open up a whole world of benefits beyond improved mental health, including a trimmer body and increased productivity— plus, you’ll never have to worry about the brunch rush again.
The good news? Our biological clocks rely only partially on genetics and are likely to change with age, meaning we all have the potential to get enthusiastic about the early hours. If mornings currently aren’t your bag—but you’re committed to starting a morning yoga routine you’ll actually stick to—Marla Ben-Dor, a certified nutrition consultant and registered yoga teacher in Encinitas, California, says you can try to transform yourself into a morning person by implementing a few tweaks to your daily routine.
Here are her top six suggestions for setting yourself up for a.m. success.
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