Awake at the magic hour to make the most of the sun’s energy.
Human bodies are really not that different from plants: Just as sunlight is the main ingredient for plants to make their food, it’s also important to regulate our biorhythm.
Even though human beings have the ability and have indeed chosen to be masters of our time – we do what we want, when we want – the physiological processes in our bodies are still very much governed by day and night.
As different as night and day
When it’s dark, the body slips into a repair and restoration mode. While we rest, it works hard to rebuild, rejuvenate and recharge for the next day. Such is the intelligence of our design, which enables our bodies to continue sustaining our living days. During the day, the rejuvenation process ceases and our body is ready to be open, receptive and to interact with the world. We are doing, moving, feeling and thinking.
The early morning hours are considered especially auspicious for movement and meditation practice. The hour just before sunrise is called Brahma muhurta (‘Time of God’). The mind is supposed to be at its calmest and clearest at this time. In Ayurveda, it is recommended that one awakes at this time every day to enjoy its benefits.
And what are those precisely? Rising early allows you to experience inner stillness and offer your energy to a greater intention for the day. Sun salutations are the perfect morning practice to awaken the body, focus the mind, and connect to a sense of gratitude for the new day. An extra one to two hours of sleep cannot match the energy that you can derive from sunrise.