You may be in a routine of going to a yoga class after work or in the evening. While there is no specific time that’s better to do yoga than others, there are many benefits of starting your day off on the right foot with yoga poses. Whether you head to your yoga studio for an early morning class, or you roll out your mat on your bedroom or living room floor before you head to work in the morning, it’s so easy to incorporate yoga exercises and poses into your morning routines.
That is why today we’re going to share four yoga positions that will help you start your day right. Whether you exercise in the morning or not, there’s something powerful about setting the intention for your day when you wake up. Meditating and stretching allows for time and space to welcome positivity into your day, set your goals, and have a successful start. But it’s important to note that you don’t have to set aside an hour for morning yoga. With these simple exercises, you can get a good, full mind and body stretch in 10 minutes.
Continue reading to find some yoga exercises that you can easily do in the morning before you start your day. If you have any questions or are interested in signing up for a yoga class at Love Yoga, do not hesitate to contact us.
Yoga Exercises To Start Your Day
Stretch out your back in the morning with this easy and effective yoga position. Start in kneeling position. Then hinge at your hips, bringing them back as your chest lowers to the floor and your arms reach out in front of your. Lower your forehead and rest it on the floor. As you rest in this pose, focus on your breathing, taking full and slow breaths. Notice how your body responds to your breathing. You should feel your back loosen and your ribs widen. You can stay in this pose for as long as you like. If you are on a time crunch, holding this position for about five to ten breaths is effective.
This is one of the most popular yoga exercises and positions, and is very easy to transition into from Child’s Pose. Starting in a tabletop position with your palms and knees on the ground, adjust your hands so your palms are a little more wider than shoulder width. Tuck your toes under and push your hips into the air. Your chest should be facing your thighs and your neck and head should be relaxed. While you may be tempted to press your heels into your mat or the floor, remember that it’s more important to keep your hips high. You can hold this position for five to ten breaths. If you want to take it to the next level, press your weight into one heel at a time. You’ll feel a stretch up your calf and hamstring.
Again, this is another pose that is easy to transition into from both Child’s Pose and Downward Dog, and incorporates consistent breathing. Start at tabletop, with your hands and knees pressed into your mat or the floor. Make sure that your shoulders are not hunched up around your ears, but rather in a broad stance. Be aware of your breath. On your inhale, lift your head up to look forward or up as your back curves and your tailbones reaches upward. On your exhale, your chin should come into your chest as you arch your back, spine, and tailbone. Continue this sequence for five to ten rounds, or for however long feels good for you.
This standing forward bend pose is a great back stretch that you can do at the beginning of your morning yoga sequence or at the end. You can either start standing up, or from a position on your knees. Either way, you should be hinged at the hips with your upper body hanging over. Depending on your body, your legs can either be slightly bent or straight. Relax your head and neck as they hang. With consistent breathing, lengthen through your spine on your inhale and bend a little further on your exhale. You should feel this stretch in your spine, lower back, and hamstrings. Hold for 10 breaths, or for however long feels comfortable for you.
As you can see, it’s very easy to incorporate these simple yoga exercises into your morning routine. Remember to pay attention to what your body is communicating to you. Focus on your breathing and feeling an effective stretch without overdoing it or injuring yourself. You can hold these positions for longer or shorter, depending on your schedule and what feels right to you.
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