Yoga is the coordinated union of the mind and spirit. It is now considered as one of the effective ways to jump-start your day after several hours of sleep. In the morning, the body needs to respond to movement and ensure the mind is set for clarity with positive messages and ideas so as to have a productive day ahead. That is why these amazing yoga poses are crucial to stretch the entire body giving you the needed energy to conquer the day’s activities.
These yoga poses need only a maximum of 30 minutes every morning and you will be ready to face the day full of life and energy.
1. Surya Namaskar (sun salutations)
This is a sequence of poses commonly known as salute the sun. The postures are great in warming up the body as you respond to movement after waking up. This type of yoga pose has different major poses that help calm the inner body as the body lights up energetically to start the day.
2. Utkatasana (chair pose)
This yoga pose is mainly aimed at generating more heat to the body so as to build energy as soon as possible. The pose needs a lot of concentration so that the mind is also engaged as the other parts of the body especially the legs and arms are challenged to jump-start the day. This is one of the major poses you need to start your day. The chair pose is also beneficial for relieving joint pain and can often be seen in reports that provide information about arthritis and natural ways to deal with the symptoms.
This yoga pose demands that you take a mountain pose as you raise your hands 90 degrees to the floor and take deep breaths before bending your knees like in the case of squats.
3. Parivrtta utkatasana (revolved chair pose)
This morning yoga pose is more less the same as the chair pose only that it is done with a revolved variation to give the body a twisting benefit. The twisting is important to give the spine, chest and internal organs a variation needed for better detoxification. It is advisable to take your breakfast after getting the twisting pose.
4. Adho mukha svanasana (downward facing dog)
This is one of the most effective all-over rejuvenating yoga pose you should try in the morning because it involves the entire body waking up every single part. The yoga pose stretches through the back of the legs and thighs making you feel easy to face the day.
5. Anjaneyasana (low lunge)
This morning mantra is great in stretching the thighs and groins as it also opens up the chest from the curling of a night-long sleep. It is done by stepping your right foot forward in between the hands then lowering your left knee to the floor. With the right knee fixed in its position, you will then slide the left back until it is fully stretched in the front thigh and groin. This pose is important to get you relaxed as you wake up in the morning, and will surely help you discover the many benefits of yoga.
6. Trikonasana (triangle pose)
This is another amazing yoga poses for the morning. The stretch enables you to have a strong sense of stability by activating the root mantra giving your legs the power as well as opening up the heart space. It is a simple pose but crucial to get you going for the rest of the day.
7. Virabhadrasana III (warrior 3)
This is a powerful yoga pose that activates the legs giving you a sense of confidence, will power and determination to face the day. Although this can be done at any time of the day, it is crucial to include it in your morning training to ensure you face the day’s activities with a sense of true inner energy and strength.
This type of pose may have its own challenges for beginners however starting it with a chair positioned in front of you and stretching your hands forward holding the top of the chair will prove a lot easier as you raise one leg to a full pose pushing on and sliding the chair away as you gain the needed balance.
8. Natarajasana (Lord of the dance pose)
This morning yoga pose is well known for cosmic energy. You will start by standing in a mountain pose; take deep breaths and lifting your left heel towards the left buttock shifting your entire weight onto the right foot. Bend the knee slightly as you press the right thigh bone back into the hip joint as you try to stand up again on your standing leg. Always stay focused and try to remain strong during this yoga pose. This pose is also beneficial for different types of arthritis, since it works on flexibility and may even improve range of motion.
9. Parasarita padottanasana (wide leg forward fold)
This yoga pose usually feels better for the body in the morning. The pose helps strengthen the stretching of the spine through the hamstring making you feel calm to face the day with clarity and flexibility. You can take this pose in three different variations or simply pick one that works better for your body to undertake.
10. Ardha matsyendrasana (half lord of the fishes pose)
This is one of the amazing twisting postures that help in promoting the health of the spine as well as stimulating internal organs in performing their functions like digestion and detoxification. It is recommendable to do this pose before breakfast.
You simply need to sit on the floor with both legs stretched forward and buttocks on a mat. Bend your knees backwards as you slide the left foot under the right leg then stepping the right foot over the left leg. This pose is amazing to end your morning yoga poses before you start the activities of the day.
All these morning yoga poses are crucial in jump-starting your day. However, you need to find a proper connection between your breaths, body and mind to get the best effects. The power of yoga is in reality the best way to get you activated throughout the day as you face things with more clarity and energy you need to be successful. If you have the time to undertake all the poses the better; but you may as well pick one of your favorite poses and you will be good to go.
Ella James is a passionate blogger as well as a nutrition, beauty and skin care enthusiast since 4 years. She is has contributed subjective articles to various social media platforms. Ella currently lives and works in Miami, Florida. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn