Get your day started with these 6 most efficient yoga postures to start your morning. These are the perfect postures to practice every morning in order to feel fresh, energized, and ready for the day!
- Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)
Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation increases the blood flow in your body and makes sure that all of your muscles wake up, fill with prana and release stiffness from the night. It’s a highly effective flow of 12 asanas that stretch and counter-stretch your body while taking deep breaths and releasing accumulated carbon dioxide.
Here is how to perform Sun Salutation.
- Vrikshasana (Tree Pose)
Probably one of the most popular postures is Vrikshasana or Tree Pose. This asana is one of the best postures to integrate physical and mental balance into your life. In traditional Hatha Yoga, Vrikshasana is said to balance the male and female energies and promote harmony within the pranic forces of the body.
- Utthitha Hasta Padangusthasana (Hand to Foot Pose)
A little difficult to pronounce, yet very important and beneficial is Utthitha Hasta Padangusthasana or Hand to Foot Pose. As a balancing posture, it does not only promote a sense of grounding and stability. This asana also opens the groins, stretches the leg muscles, and encourages flexibility.
Watch this video to see how to perform Utthitha Hasta Padangusthasana:
- Santolanasana (Plank Pose)
Santolanasana can be called Kumbakhasana or Phalakasana as well and is translated to the English term Plank Pose. This posture promotes strength in your wrists, arms, shoulders, and entire legs. It’s an all-rounder pose that activates all muscles. A perfect foundation to start your day!
Here is how to perform Santolanasana:
Come into Table Top or Cat Pose and place your hands just under your shoulders. Now lift your knees off the ground and straighten your legs. Keep your legs and spine in one line and your arms and shoulders straight and active.
- Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
Dhanurasana (Dhanoor = Bow) lets you open your chest and adjust your spine. By doing this, you will be able to improve your posture and encounter your day feeling more aligned. Spinal flexibility and posture are very important to keep your nerves relaxed and avoid headaches.
Here is how to perform Bow Pose (Dhanurasana):
- Shirshasana (Headstand)
The last posture of this Morning Routine is Shirshasana or Headstand. It requires a little practice and know-how. Shirshasana is an inversion that increases the blood flow and oxygen supply to the brain. Ideally, it should be held for 30 seconds.
This asana should not be learned via video or reading only. It’s highly recommended to practice this pose with an experienced asana instructor!
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