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It’s great to start the day with an early morning yoga class. At least, it’s great if you’re a morning person. It might be traumatic having to get up, but we soldier on. Sometimes we might even find a little bit of relaxation in the process. Of course, being based in London, that generally lasts all of seven seconds. But those seven seconds? Amazing. Here are some of the thoughts we’ve definitely had during early morning yoga. Please tell us we’re not the only ones.

  1. This is too early.
  2. I hope I don’t fall asleep if we have to lie on the mat.
  3. If I do, what if I snore?
  4. I can’t believe people do this every day.
  5. Man, I wish I looked like that person.
  6. Do I have to take my socks off?
  7. Do people seriously do this every day?
  8. No. I am an empowered, confident person who does not have these thoughts.
  9. I really do wish I looked like them, though.
  10. Ooh, they’ve got their own yoga mat. I bet they’re, like, a pro.
  11. Are they going to play this music the whole way through? This isn’t-
  12. Oh, actually, this is quite relaxing.
  13. Oh my god, I can’t even touch my toes.
  14. Can I Instagram this? People should know I did this.
  15. I bet that person’s t-shirt never rides up.
  16. Stop staring at that person’s arse.
  17. Wait. What was that? I wasn’t listening.
  18. I don’t have a practise. Should I tell them I don’t have a practise? What’s a practise?
  19. Wait, my leg’s supposed to go where?
  20. Don’t fart, don’t fart, don’t fart.
  21. Don’t giggle, don’t giggle, don’t giggle.
  22. Man, this is actually pretty hard.
  23. I am a warrior in my warrior pose and my warrior name is Beyonce Pad Thai. I should probably get my own warrior name and stop stealing Mindy Lahiri’s.
  24. Why do people need hot yoga when normal yoga makes me sweat this much?
  25. Am I thinking too much?
  26. How does everybody just know what this stuff means?
  27. I wonder if the candles have ever set anything on fire.
  28. Seriously, don’t fart, don’t fart, don’t fart.
  29. I wish I’d eaten something before I got here.
  30. Seriously. Did anyone else just hear my stomach rumbling?
  31. I should definitely book my yoga retreat when I get home. I wonder if they’ll let me have three months off, or if I should just quit. How much would it cost to get to the Andes?
  32. Was I always this tall?
  33. *Mental Facebook status drafting*
  34. *Mental ‘I’m so relaxed and cultured’ tweet planning*
  35. I am now officially relaxed. I am calm and centred. Woe betide the first motherfucker who ruins it.

Don’t forget…

If the group class experience isn’t for you, you can book individual sessions with awesome yoga experts through HowNow. The beauty of that is that you don’t even have to leave the house – just put your mat on the floor next to your bed and roll onto it when it’s time to get going!

Meditation is all the rage these days. But is it just another fad, or is it actually a good thing to start doing? Well, it probably depends on how you feel about becoming less stressed and more physically healthy. You feel good about that? Well, in that case, you might want to consider taking it up. After all, the benefits are numerous.

Reduced stress

There’s nothing better for reducing stress than by getting away from the thing that’s stressing you out. Meditation requires you to take ten minutes to yourself somewhere quiet, and focus on breathing. Therefore, these two facts mean that meditation is a perfect way to combat stress. It doesn’t take a long time, either. Even taking ten minutes can help to put things in perspective.

Improved concentration

Studies have shown that people who meditate have an increased ability to stay on task when they’re working. They also switch between tasks less and appear to have a higher level of satisfaction in what they’re doing. Meditation improves focus and memory skills, which both contribute to the ability to concentrate for longer periods of time.

Increased self-awareness

A key part of meditation is learning to acknowledge the way you’re feeling rather than burying your emotions. You acknowledge it, and then you move on. That can be applied in everyday life as well – if you feel yourself getting angry you can deal with it and move on rather than letting the negativity fester and get worse.

Reduced blood pressure and illness

As you reduce your stress levels, there’s a good chance you’ll see a reduction in blood pressure. There’s also a physical effect as well. As you relax, your body’s level of Nitric Oxide increases. This in turn causes your blood vessels to open up, which means your blood pressure is reduced. There are also regular meditators who swear they experience less illness since they started meditation. However, the jury still seems to be out the effect of meditation on the immune system.

Increased creativity

If you’ve been feeling a creative block lately, meditation can help to work past it. We’ve aready mentioned that meditation can lead to increased concentration, increased self-awareness, and reduced stress. As a result,  many people experience significant increase in creativity. As it turns out, all you need is a quieter mind.

Improved relationships

It might be a girlfriend, a boyfriend, a colleague, a boss, or just that stranger in the street who barged in to you. Either way, meditation can help you to feel more open and compassionate which can, in turn, have a positive impact on your relationships with the people in your life.

Increased happiness

As a result of all of the above, once you start meditating you might find you start feeling happier on a daily basis. And why wouldn’t you? After all, you’ve made yourself healthier, and less stressed, and you might even have improved your relationships. Just imagine what could happen if you did it on a regular basis.

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So, what do you think? Will you be taking up meditation? If so, the classes on HowNow are a great place to start as you can get one-on-one guidance to get you started and you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home.