Mornings are often the most hectic part of our days. You wake up late, realize that someone else is hogging the shower, the toaster is broken, and then all of the sudden you are late for work or school and haven’t even found matching socks yet.
Wake up to yoga instead of a strong cup of coffee. Here’s a simple, beginner-level yoga class for you to do when you wake up that will help you get centered, focused, and ready to face the new day with a relaxed, positive attitude.
Wake Up to Yoga: A Morning Routine
Start by waking up fifteen minutes earlier than normal, get out of bed and pick a yoga spot. Near a window or somewhere with natural light is best. Now you are ready to try out this morning yoga video!
No time for a video? Try out these three refreshing morning yoga poses instead:
Begin on your hands and knees. Inhale as you round your back for “Cat” pose, then exhale as you arch your back in the opposite direction to “Cow” pose. Slowly repeat the rounding and arching motion as long as you’d like.
Slowly rise from your corpse pose into a cross-legged sitting position. Lengthen your spine so you are sitting up straight, and it feels like a puppeteer is pulling upwards on a string attached to the top of your head. Then place your left hand on your right knee and inhale as you twist to the right until you are looking behind you. Exhale and return to the center, then switch sides and repeat. Ahhhh, say goodbye to that crick in your neck.
Start this one on your hands and knees, then shift your weight back so that you have folded your legs under your hips and are balancing on your toes with your arms stretched in front of you. From there, slowly straighten your legs so that your body is making a triangle with the floor, your hips being the highest point. Your feet should be flat on the floor and weight should be centered between your hands and feet. This will result in a nice, rejuvenating stretch throughout your legs, back, and arms.
Pretty simple, right? Doing these three poses when you wake up in the morning will help energize your body, mind, and spirit. And now, my zen friend, go forth to tackle the new day with a limber body and focused mind.