A good morning routine is key to a productive day. If you can start your day by doing something that makes you feel good, it sets the tone for the rest of your day. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 10 yoga poses that are perfect for the morning. These poses will help you wake up and refresh your body and mind!
Benefits Of Doing Daily Yoga Poses:
There are so many benefits to doing yoga every day, but here are some of the most important ones:
– It helps improve your flexibility and range of motion.
– It strengthens your muscles and helps prevent injuries.
– It helps improve your posture.
– It can help relieve pain from conditions like arthritis or back pain.
– It can help improve your balance and coordination.
– It can help reduce stress and anxiety.
– It can help improve your sleep quality.
So what are you waiting for? Start your day with a little yoga!
1. Standing Side Bend
It helps stretch your back and sides, and gets your blood flowing. It’s also a good way to release any tension you may be holding in your body from the night before.
To do Standing Side Bend, start by standing with your feet together. Then, reach one hand up overhead and bend to the side, reaching your hand toward the floor. You can keep your other hand on your hip or reach it up overhead as well. Hold this pose for a few deep breaths and then repeat on the other side.
2. Downward Dog
One of the most popular yoga poses and for good reason! It’s a great way to stretch your entire body. Plus, it can help relieve stress and tension. If you’re new to yoga, Downward Dog is a great pose to start with.
To do Downward Dog, start in a tabletop position on your hands and knees. Then, lift your hips up and back, straightening your legs and creating an upside down “V” shape with your body. Be sure to keep your core engaged and your breath steady as you hold the pose for 30 seconds to a minute.
3. Up Dog/Cobra
It helps to stretch and open up your chest, which can help you breathe better throughout the day. It’s also a great way to get some energy flowing through your body.
To do Up Dog/Cobra, start on your hands and knees with your palms flat on the ground and your fingers spread wide. As you inhale, press down into your hands and lift your chest up towards the sky. Keep your hips pressing down into the ground and try to straighten your arms as much as possible. Hold this pose for a few deep breaths before releasing back down to your hands and knees.
4. Crescent Lunge
It stretches your hips, thighs, and groin while also strengthening your legs. This pose also helps to open up your chest and shoulders, which can help improve your posture throughout the day.
To do Crescent Lunge, start in a standing position. Step your left foot back and bend your right knee, making sure that your right ankle is directly beneath your right knee. Reach your arms up overhead, then lean forward and place your hands on the ground on either side of your right foot. Make sure that your left leg is straight and strong as you hold this pose for several deep breaths.
5. Cat Pose (Marjaryasana)
It helps to stretch and lengthen your spine, which can help reduce back pain. It also massages your internal organs and can help improve digestion.
To do the cat pose, start on your hands and knees, with your spine in a neutral position. As you inhale, arch your back and look up towards the ceiling. As you exhale, round your back and tuck your chin to your chest.
6. Cow Pose
It helps stretch your back and opens up your chest, which is perfect for deep breathing.
To do the cow pose, start on your hands and knees with your back in a neutral position. As you inhale, drop your belly towards the mat and lift your gaze to the sky. You should feel a gentle stretch in your back. Hold this pose for a few breaths before releasing and returning to neutral.
7. Pigeon Pose
It stretches your hips and glutes, and gets your blood flowing. Pigeon is also a great posture for releasing tension in the lower back.
To do Pigeon Pose, start in Downward Dog. Bring your right knee forward to your right wrist, keeping your left leg extended behind you. Lower your right shin to the ground, and rest your right thigh on the ground. If this is too intense, you can place a block under your right thigh for support. Fold forward over your right leg, resting your forehead on the ground or on a block. Stay here for at least five breaths, then repeat on the other side.
8. Happy Baby
This pose is perfect for stretching out your lower back and hips. It’s also a great way to start your day if you’re feeling a little stiff.
To do Happy Baby, start by lying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Then, take hold of your ankles and bring your knees toward your chest. Gently rock side to side to massage your lower back.
9. Yogi Squat
This pose is a great way to start your morning yoga routine. It stretches your back, hips, and legs, and gives you a good chance to wake up your body slowly and gently.
To do the Yogi Squat, start by standing with your feet about hip-width apart. Take a deep breath in, and as you exhale, sink your hips back and down into a squat. Keep your chest up and your weight in your heels as you lower yourself down. If you can, bring your palms together in front of your heart. Hold the pose for a few deep breaths before coming back up to standing.
10. Windshield Wiper
It helps to stretch and open up your chest, which can be beneficial if you spend a lot of time hunched over at a desk. It’s also a good way to get your blood flowing and wake up your body!
To do Windshield Wiper, start in a standing position with your feet hip-width apart. Take a deep breath in and as you exhale, twist to the right. Place your right hand on your thigh and your left hand on your hip. Gaze over your right shoulder as you inhale and exhale deeply for five breaths. Then, switch sides and repeat!
Start your day off right with a little yoga! These poses will help you to wake up and feel refreshed. Do them at your own pace and be sure to listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t force it! Just move on to the next pose. Remember, the most important thing is that you’re taking care of yourself and giving yourself some time to relax and breathe. Namaste.