If you are one of those people who needs a little stretching to wake up, these morning yoga poses are for you. Studies show that it is best to gradually pick up the pace after waking up rather than switching to full speed at once. Yoga poses are gentle, slow movements that help you stretch the body and feel energized for your morning routine. Here are some of the best yoga poses to start your day with.
The Spinal Stretch
This stretch is best when you want to release toxins from the body. It is done by twisting your body around to make sure that you wring out all of those unhealthy pollutants in your system. To perform the spinal twist, sit cross legged on your mat with your sit bones pressing onto the floor. Make sure that your spine is long and that you are seated comfortably with one leg extended in front of you. As you exhale, twist your body to the right first, face the front of the mat, and then twist to the left.
The Cat Pose
This pose gives the back a good stretch and eases out all the tension that you feel there. The cat pose is down by coming into all fours on your mat. It’s important to check if your spine is long from the tailbone to the crown of your head. Once you are comfortable, inhale to a place of stillness and exhale by rounding your back towards the ceiling. Make sure to draw the chin directly to your navel as you round your back for a good stretch. Inhale again to drop your back and look up to the ceiling for another stretch.
Puppy Dog Pose
From being a cat, we move on to the puppy pose which is a good stretch for your hamstrings. This kind of pose helps prevent hamstring injuries which are pretty common if you have tight hamstrings. To do the puppy pose, press your hands on to the mat and tilt your hips upwards and back. Bend both of your knees and shake your hips as you bring one heel stretched towards the floor. Alternately stretch each leg as you shake your hips gently for a good stretch.
This is another great pose to stretch out those hamstrings. As you return to all fours, step one of your foot forward and make sure that your toes and fingers are lined up. Slide the other leg behind you and put the other knee on the floor. Make sure to have a long spine as you deepen your stretch on the exhale. Inhale to switch sides and really press those hops forward to maximize the stretch.
Doing these four poses everyday will surely make your mornings more relaxed while having enough energy to pick up the pace. If you are in a hurry to get ready for work, these yoga poses can be done in 15 to 20 minutes depending on your flexibility. Remember to listen to your body and only go as far as what’s comfortable for you.
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