If you’re looking for a great way to start your day, yoga might be the perfect solution for you. It has myriad physical and mental health benefits, such as increased strength, flexibility, and improved mood. Focusing on the morning can be a great way to begin your day with a sense of peace and preparation. Here are some easy morning yoga poses to set you up for success.
This is a classic and basic standing posture. Mountain pose is used to transition between other poses, as well as a resting pose. Stand with feet together, arms at your sides and palms facing inward. As you inhale, raise your arms up toward the sky, lengthening your spine. As you exhale, release your arms back down to your sides. Remain here for a few breaths, focusing on your breathing.
Downward Facing Dog
This pose is a great way to open up the back and shoulders. Begin on your hands and knees. Plant your hands shoulder-width apart and spread your fingers wide. Press firmly into your palms and tuck your toes under. As you inhale, press into your hands, straighten your arms and lift your hips up and back. Keep your legs strong and your back flat. Maintain this pose for a few breaths before releasing back down onto your hands and knees.
This is a gentle backbend, great for your spine. Start by lying on your stomach with your legs extended out behind you, toes pointed. Place your hands under your shoulders and press into your palms, slowly lifting your chest off the floor. Feel your spine arching as you open up, and hold for a few breaths before releasing back down. Repeat a few times.
Seated Forward Bend
This is a great pose for stretching the hamstring muscles, which can become tight from sitting all day. Begin seated, with your legs folded and your feet crossed. Start to fold your torso forward, and bring your hands to the ground. Try to keep your back flat and your chin tucked in. Stay here for a few rounds of breath. Come up slowly as you inhale, and repeat a few times.
Half Lord of the Fishes Pose
This is a great twisting posture which helps to restore energy and improve digestion. Sit with your legs crossed and your feet folded. Place your left hand on the floor and your right elbow on the outside of your left thigh. As you inhale, twist your torso and press the palm of your right hand into the floor. Draw your shoulder blades down your back and keep both sides of your torso equally long. Exhale and return to the starting position. Change sides and repeat.
Legs Up the Wall Pose
This is a restorative pose which can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. The aim is to stretch the spine and help relieve pressure on the