Doing yoga in the morning is one of the best things you can do for your body. It sets the tone for your entire day and can improve your complexion, get your blood pumping, stretch out your muscles for the day, keep your breath solid, clear your mind, relax you, and get you prepared for the day ahead of you.
Here are three easy and quick poses that can help you wake up your body every morning.
Cat / Cow
To get into this yoga position, start off by getting yourself into a tabletop position on your hands and knees. Place your hands right under your shoulders and your knees right under your hips.
On the inhale, look upwards and tilt your tailbone up to the sky as you drop your stomach towards the ground.
On the exhale, reverse the motion by rounding out your spine, tucking your chin, and drawing your tailbone downwards towards the ground.
Repeat this for several rounds of breath. You can see why this is often called the Cow or the Cat pose.
Planking is a pose that is known to most people, even if you haven’t set foot into a gym or yoga studio before. It’s an easy position, too, that just about anyone can do.
Start by stacking your shoulders over your wrists and step your feet back while holding your body in one solid line on the ground (as seen in the photo).
Spread your fingers out wide and actively press into the thumb and index finger. Hold this plank position for 10 to 20 breaths.
Side bends are also very common for runners who warm up before jogging around a track or their neighborhood. Start this pose off by standing with your feet hip-width apart.
Inhale as you lift your arms overhead and grab onto your right wrist with your left hand. Exhale as you begin to lean your torso to the left, while pushing your hips to the right.
Lookup towards your bicep and stay grounded through the right foot. Inhale and come back to center.
Change your grip and grab your left wrist with your right hand — as you exhale, begin to lean your body to the right, pushing your hips to the left. You can hold each side bend for multiple breaths.
These three, simple, starter yoga poses are an excellent sequence to wake up your body and get ready for your day. You don’t have to know how to practice yoga to do these poses and anyone of any body type can give them a try.
Try this for a few days and you will see a positive and productive day ahead of you.
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