Nourishing and revitalizing, morning Yoga is the perfect way to wake up the mind and body so you can start the day off right! These yoga practices are perfect for when you first wake up or when you need a little wake-up any time of day! So let’s start our day with intention, efficient movement, and mindful breathwork.
Have you ever felt like sludge in the morning? Try morning yoga! It will help you physically, mentally, even emotionally, or spiritually. This practice will help you tune in to your mindful side and set intentions with awareness and breath.
Just remember, if you’re new to yoga, I suggest you check out “5 Basic Beginners Yoga Poses.” Also, I encourage you to take a few seconds to settle in. This time to pause and take deep breaths, while sitting upright on the floor or on a yoga mat, is the most important. Give yourself permission to be still. It will help center yourself for the rest of the session. Ready? Let’s begin.
This position will help you find a nice rhythm for your spine. Start on all fours with hands directly under shoulders and knees under hips. Inhale and arch spine so belly sinks down while face and tailbone lift upwards. (This is a cow pose.) Then, exhale and push into hands and knees to hollow belly, round spine, and tuck the chin towards the chest. (This is a cat pose.) Repeat for five slow breaths or about one minute.
Downward Facing Dog
Breathe loudly through your nose to tune into yourself and deepen the posture. You’ll start in a plank position. Lift your hips up and back, sinking your heels toward the floor, until your body forms an upside-down “V” shape. Press shoulders away from your ears and to relax the neck. Spread your fingers wide on the mat, with palms pressed against the floor. Hold for five slow breaths. If you need a visual to perform this move, watch this clip.
Start standing with feet hip-distance apart and parallel, arms extended up overhead with hands interlaced. Inhale and lean up and over from the waist to the left side. Hold for a few breaths, then push through your feet to return to standing. Now, repeat on the other side for three rounds each.
Start standing with your feet together and arms at your sides. At the same time, raise your hands overhead, palms facing in until your biceps are by your ears. Next, bend your knees and sit back as if lowering into a chair. Feel the burn and hold that pose for five breaths.
Low Lunge Twist
Start in a low lunge with your right foot forward between your hands. Keep your left leg extended straight back. Now, draw your right hand straight up overhead toward the ceiling and rotate the torso from the waist to gaze up at it. Feel that stretch and hold for three breaths on each side.
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