Inhale happiness and exhale greatness. Wake up on the bright side every morning with these 5 yoga poses meant to clear your mind, open your heart and set yourself up for a wonderful day.
1) Forward Fold
You’re most likely going to be sitting for the majority of the day so stretch it out now. Slowly bend forward as you exhale towards the ground. Bend your knees if that helps you reach lower. Don’t strain yourself or do anything that feels uncomfortable. This should feel relaxing and natural. Take 5-10 deep breathes. Gradually start to come back to standing by curling up, one vertebrate at a time.
2) Downward Dog
Lengthen and loosen all those important muscles that work to keep your body upright all day. Lay down on your stomach, tuck you toes under and plant each hand directly under your shoulders. Push off your hands and lift your tailbone towards the ceiling. Breathe is very important here. With each exhale, sit deeper into the stretch and relax everything from your head to your toes.
3) Tree Pose
This pose is my favourite because you get to really open up your chest and feel like Rocky Balboa. Stand with feet hip width apart and shift your weight onto one foot. Bring the other foot to the inside of your leg and rest it anywhere from your ankle to your inner thigh (depending on your flexibility). Don’t forget to keep your hips facing forward. If you’re feeling really awesome, reach both arms to the sky in a “Y” shape. Stand tall and feel rooted into the ground, just like a tree.
4) Seated Twist
This position stretches your upper body and awakens your tummy to get it ready for a healthy, nourishing breakfast. In a seated position, cross one leg over the other over with a bent knees. Straighten your back. Then take the arm opposite of your crossed leg and touch the inside of your elbow to the outside of your knee. Really breathe into this stretch as you begin to twist further and deeper into the stretch.
5) Hands to Heart Center
Probably the most important and effective pose of this series, this is the best time to set your intentions for the day. In a seated position with your legs crossed, sit up straight and bring both hands into prayer position right in front of your heart. Close your eyes and really focus on the inhale and exhale of your breathe as you tell yourself how great your day is going to be. Don’t forget to smile! Sit in this position for as long as you need.
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