Yoga Poses : As an avid yogi and lover of the morning, I believe there is no better way to start the day than with a mindful yoga routine. Not only does it keep you grounded and centered, but it also reminds you how grateful you are to have another day on this earth.
As we wind down our routines with bedtime routines and weekend routines, we tend to overlook the importance of our morning routine. However, what we do first thing in the morning can set the tone for our entire day.
An effective morning routine not only increases productivity but also sets your mind up for success. Whether you’re hoping to reset your intentions or tackle challenges head-on, these 8 yoga poses are perfect for creating a killer morning ritual that will get your body moving and your mind right before bedtime.
1) Morning Yoga Ritual
When you think of the word ritual, you may be conjuring up images of dark, sinister things. However, the true definition of a ritual is simply a pattern of behaviour that we follow consistently, often with a specific intention in mind. As we transition from our nighttime routine to our morning routine, it’s important to have a ritual in place that grounds your body and mind.
For example, when you hop out of bed and head straight out the door, your body has yet to fully awaken. As a result, you’ll likely find yourself feeling groggy and unmotivated to reach your goals for the day. A morning yoga ritual helps to centre and ground your energy, which will help you to stay focused and positive throughout the day.
2) Chair Pose’
The easiest way to begin creating a morning yoga routine is by strengthening your core and back muscles. The core is responsible for stabilizing your spine and bringing balance to your entire body. When your core is strong, you’ll find that you have a better posture, you’ll be able to perform tasks for longer periods without feeling tired and you’ll experience less back pain. A good way to boost your core strength is through the chair pose.
Begin by kneeling on the ground, keeping your back straight and your knees directly under your hips. Next, bring your hands to the floor, shoulder-width apart and palms facing behind you. Finally, engage your core muscles and push your hips forward, bringing your hips level with your knees. Hold this pose for up to 30 seconds, then release and come back to kneeling.
3) Half-Chair Twist
As you continue to strengthen your core, you’ll need to open your chest and shoulders to prevent. This pose is perfect for both. Hold the pose for 30 seconds and repeat on both sides.
4) Winding Road
Next, you’ll want to focus on strengthening your back muscles, which are essential for a healthy spine. The winding road pose is an excellent way to do just that. Hold the pose for 30 seconds, then repeat on both sides.
5) Cobra Pose
The cobra pose focuses on strengthening your back muscles and creating flexibility in your spine. If you’re suffering from back pain, this is a must-do pose. Hold the pose for 30 seconds, then repeat on both sides.
6) Warrior I and II
The warrior poses are some of the most powerful poses in yoga. Not only are they extremely beneficial for building strength and flexibility, but they also help to centre your energy and create focus. Hold the pose for 30 seconds, then repeat on both sides.
7) Tadasana (Standing Forward Fold)
The final pose in your morning yoga sequence should be a forward fold. This pose will help to stretch and relax your entire body while bringing peace and calm to your mind. Hold the pose for 30 seconds, then release and end your sequence.
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When you begin your day with a yoga sequence, your body and mind are relaxed and ready to tackle the day head-on. You’ll be more productive and efficient in all of your daily tasks, and you’ll feel grateful for having another chance to live another day. Most importantly, a morning yoga sequence will help you remain present in your life, despite any stressors that come your way. Holding each pose for 30 seconds is just enough time to completely reap the benefits while not being too time-consuming. You’ll be able to fit the sequence into any schedule and will soon notice the difference in your energy and general well-being.