Unless you’re one of those cheery morning people who hop out of bed with the sunrise, getting up is tough. Research even finds that heart attacks are more common at this time of day, partly because of the demands of shifting from groggy to full-speed-ahead.
“We stifle our natural tendency to stretch and yawn because the alarm goes off and reminds us we have an agenda”.
Yoga positions, called asanas, are the basic physical part of a yoga practice. Although yoga poses are a type of exercise for your body, they are also much more. The word yoga itself is from Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language, and refers to the union of mind and spirit. Yoga began in India more than 3,000 years ago and is still practiced today for the health of the mind, body, and spirit. A morning yoga practice is a great way to get energized for the day ahead.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Cat/Cow Pose (Bidalasana)
As you inhale, look forward, or up if it’s comfortable for your neck, reaching the tailbone toward the sky. Exhale as you tuck the chin to the chest and reach the tailbone to the floor. Continue through this movement, allowing the breath to lead and feeling the entire spine being massaged. Try to keep the creases of the elbows facing each other the entire time to protect the joint from hyperextension. Breathe through 5 rounds, or longer if it feels good.
Downward Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Standing Forward Bend Pose (Uttanasana)
Walk your feet toward the hands and let the upper body hang. The neck and head are relaxed, the knees bent to start with. If there’s no tension in your lower back you can start to straighten your legs. As you inhale find length through the spine, exhale and the head moves slowly towards the feet. You may feel a little bit like a jellyfish, but trust me, your hamstrings don’t care how silly you look. 10 breaths here and you’ll feel a foot taller.
Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)