Did you know that a morning yoga routine is one of the most beneficial and healthiest ways to start your day?
These days, a lot of people wake up feeling exhausted, drag themselves to work and feel tired all day. We all know this feeling but most of us do nothing about it. Well, a very simple way to solve this morning problem is by doing some morning yoga.
Morning yoga helps you become energized and ready for the day, it stretches out your muscles to avoid pains and aches, and it relaxes your mind and body, making you feel happier, calmer and more relaxed.
But I’m sure this isn’t the first time you’ve heard of all the benefits yoga features. A lot of people know this but still, don’t even give yoga a try. Often, this is because some people don’t want to go to the gym or yoga studio because they feel uncomfortable there or because they simply have no time to spare.
Well, the beauty of yoga is that you can do it right from home! All you need is a yoga mat, some calming yoga music, and a yoga routine!
In this article, I will give you my usual morning yoga routine which does wonders for my mind and body! And it only takes 20 minutes, so if you’re a busy person, you’ll most probably be able to squeeze in a short yoga routine in your morning plans!
So grab your yoga mat, put on some peaceful and relaxing yoga music and prepare to get energized!
20 minute morning yoga routine:
1.Standing half forward bend
This is a pose great for starting off your morning yoga routine. It stretches your hamstrings and preps you for other poses.
Stand on the floor with your feet hip-width apart. Bend down and concentrate on your hips, not waist. Try to keep your spine as straight as possible. Reach for the floor. If you can’t reach it, you can slightly bend your knees and use some yoga blocks.
Hold for a few breaths, then rise back to starting position and repeat a few more times.
2.Head-to-knee forward bend
Sit down on the floor and straighten your legs in front of you. Bend your left knee and lean on your inner right thigh with your left foot. Your left knee should be stable leaning on the floor. You can put a blanket under your left knee if you aren’t comfortable.
Lean forward slowly and maintain your spine as straight as possible. Reach your right foot with your left hand. If you can’t reach your foot, use a yoga strap but don’t bend your knee.
Hold for a few breaths. Then, return to starting position and repeat with your other foot.
This is a great pose to build core strength. It can be a bit difficult at first, though, so don’t beat yourself up if it doesn’t work out perfectly.
Put your hands below your shoulders at about shoulder-width. Place your toes on the ground and tighten your glutes for more stability. Keep your neck, spine and butt in line and concentrate on your core muscles.
As I said, it can be pretty difficult to master this pose for beginners. So try holding for about 30 seconds or just a few breaths.
Sit on the floor with your hands by your hips, your knees bent and feet on the ground. Raise your feet from the ground and lean back slightly. Try to straighten your legs as much as you can but you can keep them slightly bent if you aren’t flexible enough.
When you’re stable, slowly raise your hands from the ground and place them next to your outer knees. And always focus on keeping your back straight! Hold this pose for a few breaths. Then, return to starting position and repeat a few more times.
Lay on your belly and extend your arms in front of you. Then, raise your hands and legs slowly as high as is comfortable for you.
Hold for a few breaths, lay back down on your belly and repeat or move on to another move!
6.Standing forward fold with shoulder opener
Stand on the floor with your feet hip-width apart. Interlace your hands behind your lower back and begin bending down as you would while doing a standing forward half bend. While bending down, bring your interlaced hands down to the floor as far as you can.
This pose can be pretty difficult and painful for beginners, so you can use a strap instead of interlacing your hands. Hold for a few breaths, rise up and repeat after you’ve rested.
Lay down on your back with your arms by your side and knees bent. It’s important to line up your neck with the rest of your body throughout the whole process.
Press your hands into the ground and raise your legs and lower back from the ground until you are leaning on your shoulders and upper back. Then, raise your hands from the ground and put them on your lower back, leaning on your elbows and upper arm.
Once you feel stable enough, straighten your legs and raise your feet as high as possible. And remember to keep your back straight and neck stable.
Hold this pose for a few breaths. Then, return your hands to the ground and slowly bring your legs back to the ground.
8.Extended Child’s pose
This is a simple resting pose to do in between more complex ones or at the end of your routine to relax.
Sit on your knees with your big toes touching and knees wide apart. Slowly lean forward while extending your hands in front of you. Rest your forehead on the ground and put your belly on your thighs. And try to keep your spine as straight as possible.
You can hold this pose for as long as you need to relax or rest in between other poses.