After a night of sleep, our bodies need a little bit of movement to get moving and kick start the day. Many of us sleep in ways that put our bodies in rounded or curled up positions, so when we finally get up in the morning our muscles really need to stretch and lengthen.
Yoga is a perfect way to bring movement to your body while helping you to wake up and become energized to face the day.
There are many poses that would work well to introduce movement to your otherwise sleepy body, but here are a few we find especially helpful:
1. Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations)
No matter which of version of sequence you choose to do, it is steeped in the tradition of practicing it with the rising the sun. And even if the sun isn’t coming up as you are moving through this sequence, it is a wonderful way to warm up the body and get the blood flowing.
2. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)
If you only plan to do one pose, this is probably your best choice as it involves the whole body. It also provides a stretch in the body that just feels great.
3. Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide Leg Forward Fold)
This pose provides a fabulous stretch for the spine while also working the legs and offering an inversion that can help you wake up and get clear for the day ahead.
4. Utkatasana (Chair Pose)
This pose activates the core and legs, again building energy to help kick start your day.
5. Arda Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes)
Like all twisting poses, this pose is great for digestion, detoxification as well as for spinal health.
6. Marjaryasana/Bitilasana (Cat/Cow)
Perhaps one of the best ways to stretch out the spine and your back muscles, this pose feels so good first thing in the morning.
7. Vrksasana (Tree pose)
Balance is an important daily practice. Choosing a pose like Tree pose not only helps you cultivate your balance, it also strengthens your legs and helps bring clarity to your mind as you begin your day.
8. Balasana (Child’s Pose)
A great way to get grounded, to stretch out your back (and arms if you do extended child’s pose), and to practice your breathing.
Whether you choose to do just one pose or a combination of these poses, we are confident you will find that adding a little yoga to your morning routine will pay powerful dividends for you.
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Bobbi Billman, Ignite Yoga & Wellness Owner