Starting your morning with yoga is a powerful way to connect to your breath and set a peaceful, grounded tone for what will follow in the hours ahead.
Doing these energizing poses as soon as you open your eyes is a softer, easier way to fully wake up. Even better?You can do them without leaving the warmth and comfort of your bed!
After a sunrise practice, I feel rejuvenated, calm and ready to take on the day! Try these poses and see how they can help you start your day right.
1. Wide-Legged Child Pose (Balasana)
From a kneeling position, lower your bottom down and between your feet. Then extend your torso and arms out in front of you between your thighs. Allow your forehead to rest on the floor. Breathe and hold the pose for 30 seconds to a minute.
Wide-Legged Child Pose or Balasana
2. Cat Pose to Cow Pose (Marjaryasana to Bitilasana)
Start with your hands and knees on the floor, and make sure your wrists are in line with your shoulders and your knees are under your hips. Inhale, then exhale as you gently round your spine up into Cat while keeping your abdominals engaged and allowing your chin to drop to your chest. Inhale, and then exhale into Cow by arching your back, lifting your head up and letting your belly relax. Flow back up into Cat and repeat, warming up your spine.
3. Seated Forward Fold (Paschimottanasana)
From a seated position, extend your legs in front of you and flex your feet. Lift your arms up and then reach for your feet or ankles, making sure to remove any curvature from your spine. Breathe and continue to bend forward, maintaining relaxed shoulders and a flat back. Hold for 30 seconds to a minute.
4. Supine Spinal Twist (Supta Matsyendrasana)
Lying on your back, bring your right knee into your chest and gently lower it over the left side of your body. Draw your right arm (and your gaze) out to your right side and place your left hand on your right knee. Hold for five to 10 breaths and then repeat on the opposite side.
6. Happy Baby Pose (Ananda Balasana)
Lying on your back, bring your knees into your chest and gently take hold of the edges of your feet. As you release into your hips, allow your lower back to spread onto the bed, ensuring your ankles are stacked over your knees. Breathe and hold for one minute.
8. Seated Pose (Sukasana)
Sit on your sit bones with your legs crossed and feet relaxed. Lift your spine straight to the sky and allow your hands to rest on your knees with the palms facing down. Practice breathing, and savor the peace and tranquility of the moment.