“Own your morning, elevate your life” – Robin Sharma
In this week’s article, we look at the positive effects of an early morning Yoga session and provide some insight into the science that backs this up. We also briefly touch on the ways in which we’ve implemented Yoga into our organisation and the positive impact we have seen.
Just ask yourself, how great did you feel after that early morning workout?
The release of dopamine and the increase in serotonin levels generated by exercise leaves your cognition, energy, physiology and spirit primed for optimal performance.
It is thought that Yoga was first developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilians over 5,000 years ago in Northern India, but some researches think it may be up to 10,000 years old.
Although the effects of a Yoga practice can have positive results at any time of the day, performing any form of exercise early in the morning provides us with the focus to stay on task for hours and hours.
It is therefore clear to see why doing our recommended daily exercise first thing in the morning would be more beneficial when it comes to producing our best work.
At School of Play, we provide yoga classes with our fully qualified Yoga instructor at our breakfast club. Every Monday morning, she delivers a 1-hour workshop to the children. We feel this will not only enhance their performance in the classroom for the rest of the day, but it also sets them up for an amazing and productive week.
In addition to this, we regularly provide morning Yoga workshops at our Urmston Primary School Holiday Club, and we have seen great improvements in the children’s performance, behaviour, concentration and happiness for the rest of the day.
Finally, there is now a lot of science that shows Yoga can significantly reduce the levels of cortisol in our body (the fear hormone) and it is proven that these levels are significantly higher when we rise.
So, if your child is feeling apprehensive about an upcoming project in school or they are worried about their first day in a new environment, it’s always a great idea to introduce them to a Yoga class first thing in the morning.
If you can’t get your child to our breakfast club on a Monday, you could always get them doing a YouTube class from home. See some of our favourite kids’ Yoga classes below.
Cosmic Yoga (Frozen)
Ideal age: Early Years & KS1
Cosmic Yoga (Harry Potter)
Ideal age: KS1