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 the spirit. A morning yoga practice is a great way to get energized for the day ahead.
We are offering to you 10 easy yoga poses that you should do in the morning. Start your day more energized, relaxed, and full of joy, by practicing these 10 asanas, every morning. Namaste!
Start by sitting in a position that is comfortable, usually cross-legged. Sit up straight, close your eyes, and start taking deep, slow inhalations and exhalations. Try to quiet your mind. Forget about that term paper that’s due this week or the dry cleaning you need to pick up. For the next minutes, all that matters is here and now.
The cat to cow stretch extends that movement along the entire spine, helping to awaken the entire body. Be sure to pay attention to your breath as you move between these poses.
Downward Facing Dog Pose
Press back into downward facing dog. Pedal the legs, bending one knee and then the other, reaching each heel towards the floor in turn. Bend your knees and reach your butt up high. Then slowly straighten the legs. Take any other movements that help you settle into the pose. When you feel ready, hold the posture for 5 to 10 breaths.This yoga pose opens up the back of the body and is very energizing.
Standing Forward Bend – Uttanasana Pose
Swan dive down into standing forward bend-uttanasana. Come up to flat back-ardha uttanasana with the fingertips on the floor or your hands on your shins, and then forward bend back into uttanasana. To get a good hamstring stretch, do this slowly.
Warrior One Pose
Start by standing up straight, and then step your left leg back 3 and a half to 4 feet. Bend your right knee so it’s directly above the ankle, and turn your left foot in slightly. Raise your arms directly above you, reaching strongly, and look up. This yoga pose stretches the back and the lower body.
Warrior Two Pose
Warrior Two is similar to Warrior One, but the arms are held out to the side with the head looking forward, and the back foot is at a 90-degree angle instead of turned in slightly.
This is a standing yoga pose that helps to cultivate balance and strengthen your legs. To get into Tree Pose, stand straight and then shift your weight to the right foot, bringing the sole of your left foot up to your right inner thigh.This yoga position requires balance and concentrates the mind.
Bend one knee and place it on your mat a little wider than your hip, with your shin parallel to the front of the mat. Fold forward over your shin with the other leg extended behind you, keeping the hips even as they press toward the floor. This pose stretches, especially hip stretches, allow you to connect with the tightness and tension in your body and mindfully.
To get into the pose, start in the kneeling position. The upper torso is gradually bent backward until the arms are extended backward, the hands are touching the soles of the feet, and the head is completely extended. Camel Pose frees the energy in your throat, chest, and heart.
Rest in Corpse Pose – Savasana
Savasana is the final pose of every yoga workout. It may not look like much, but it is a practice of your mind and meditation skills. If you think that meditation is not real or not something you can do, try it in this pose after a yoga workout. You will find your body not wanting to get out of it.