Doing a few yoga moves is the most excellent way to start your day and a powerful technique to connect your entire being to your breath. This way you’ll become much calmer, grounded and peaceful and you will become much more resistant to the stressful hours that lay ahead.
By doing these eight moves when you wake up you will make a much smoother transition to wakefulness instead of going to work all groggy. And there’s even better news, you don’t need to get out of your bed to do them.
When you start doing these moves you will feel like an entirely new person, you will feel rejuvenated, peaceful and prepared for the daily challenges. Give them a try. You won’t be disappointed.
Balasana – child position with a wide-legged stance
Begin in a kneeling position. Then lower the bottom between the feet. Afterward, extend the arms and torso in the front of you between the thighs. You can place the forehead resting on your bed. Breathe deeply and hold the position for half a minute to a minute.
Marjaryasana to Bitilasana – cow pose to cat pose
Start this movement with the knees and hands on your bed while ensuring that the wrists are parallel to the shoulders and the knees are positioned under the hips. Take a deep breath, then exhale it while smoothly rounding up your back into a cat position and keeping the core rigid and allowing the chin to land on the chest. Take a breath, and let it out by going into cow position by arching the back, while getting your head up and letting the abdominals relax. Get back to a cat position and repeat. This way you are warming up the spine.
Paschimottanasana – forward seated fold
Beginning in a seated pose, extend the legs in front of you and flex the feet. Lift the arms up and try to reach for the ankles or feet, ensuring all the way to remove any spine curvature. Take a deep breath and continue bending forward, while keeping your shoulders relaxed and your spine flat. Hold that position for half a minute to a minute.
Supta Matsyendrasana – Supine twist of the spine
Being by lying on the back, get the right knee to your chest and smoothly lower it to the left side of the body. Get the right arm to the right side and look to the right, while placing the left hand on the right knee. Hold this position for 5-10 breaths and repeat the movement on the opposite side.
Matsyasana – Fish position
Lie on the back with the legs together and put the arms close to the body. Bend the elbows inwards and lift the palms up with the fingers pointed up as well. Exhale, push into the elbows, lift the chest up and put the top of the head down. Activate the legs, and squeeze together the shoulder blades when you exhale. Continue breathing while you keep the chest expanded for thirty seconds.
Ananda Balasana – Happy baby position
Lie on the back, get the knees to the chest and grab the edges of the feet. As you slowly release into the hips, spread you lower back on the bed and make sure the ankles are positioned over the knees. Try touching the tailbone tip to the bed. Breathe and hold the position for one minute.
Kapotasana – pigeon pose
Start in a low lunge position with your right leg in the forward position, get the left leg back while keeping the foot flat, afterward bend the right leg and square the hips. Extend the back and exhale while going forward to the front of your leg with the arms, head and chest. Breathe one to three minutes and repeat on the opposite side.
Sukasana – sitting position
Assume a sitting position legs crossed and relax your feet. Straighten your back and rest the hands on the knees your palms facing down. Simply practice deep breathing in and out and mindfulness, let go of any thoughts and concentrate on the peace of the present moment.