Good morning! Are you ready to get started with your day?
No? Then you need some gentle yoga to wake you up and these postures can be done from the comfort of your own bed. Meaning you can give yourself some self-love and a healthy dose of optimism before your feet even touch the floor.
Ananda Balasana – Happy Baby Pose
As soon as you open your eyes, you can shift into Happy Baby pose. It does not require a lot of effort, nor is it very intense for a body that is just awakening.
Simply lie on your back. Bend you knees into your chest, and grab onto the outside edges of the feet with your hands. Gently use your arms to pull your knees closer to the mattress for a stretch in the groin.
Supta Baddha Konasana – Reclining Bound Angle Pose
Once you have eased the hips with Happy Baby, you can now release into this restorative posture. If you don’t want your knees opening up completely or find this painful, prop up your legs by bunching up your quilt or use pillows. Reclining Bound Angle Pose stimulates the heart and improves overall circulation while gently opening the knees, thighs, and groin.
Supta Matsyendrasana – Supine Spinal Twist
It doesn’t matter when you do a supine spinal twist. They always feel amazing. Simply lie on your back. Cross the left knee over your torso, towards the right side as you stretch your right leg long. Extend both arms into a T position and turn your head away from your leg. Though this is a quiet, tranquil stretch, it will get your energy moving.
Supta Padangusthasana – Reclining Hand-to-Toe Pose
This pose is an excellent way to gently increase the flexibility of your hamstrings while strengthening the core.
To do it, lay on your back. Lift one leg into the air. Lift your torso slightly forward and up towards the lifted leg. Grab a hold of either the toes, ankle, calf, or behind the thigh. Never hold behind the knee, because the skin there can be easily damaged.
Keep the torso lifted as your breathe. Engage the core. Hold for 5 breaths then switch sides.
Balasana – Child’s Pose
There is always time for Balasana. Take the wider variation with the knees apart. Let your head rest on your pillow. Rock side to side to ease any tension from the hips, low back, and shoulders.
Gomukhasana – Cow Face Pose
Stretch out your hips, ankles, and thighs with your legs stacked in Gomukhasana pose. You can choose to either do the triceps stretch by interlocking your fingers behind your back, but only if you feel that your shoulders are ready. If not, the other option is to do Eagle pose arms. Breathe in deep to expand the chest.
Paschimottasana – Seated Forward Bend
Depending on your morning flexibility, you probably won’t be able to fold completely against your legs. Instead, focus on lengthening the spine and powering strongly through the legs. Energise through the soles of your flexed feet to get an awesome stretch through the backs of the legs.
Seated Forward Bend is also great for stimulating the liver, kidneys, and female reproductive organs. Digestion is also improved, meaning you will get more out of breakfast!
“You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction” ~ George Horace Lorimer
Why not give these re-energising morning yoga poses a try!
Though they are gentle, they will wake you up, sharpen your focus, and get you prepared to tackle another busy day. Breathe in the sunshine. Namaste.