Do you wake up feeling less than enthused? Does your body hurt from sleeping on an old mattress? Just have trouble getting yourself moving every day? There are some yoga moves that you can do every day that will help you to feel your best.
These moves aren’t going to be easy at first, but that’s okay – you just need to keep doing them until you feel better.
Start with the runner’s stretch. From a lunge position, lift your hips up towards the ceiling and slide your hands back a little. Allow your front legs to straighten as much as they can. Then, press your back heel into the floor – your toes should angle out slightly.
Keep your legs as straight as possible, reach your hips toward the ceiling, and relax your upper body down over your front leg. Breath and switch positions to mirror what you are doing now.
Get yourself onto all fours with your wrists under your shoulders and your knees firmly under your hips. Make sure your spine is long and reach your crown toward the wall in front of you. Inhale, round your back, and draw your chin toward your navel. On the next inhale, arch your back and drop it towards the ground.
When doing a spinal stretch, sit cross-legged on the ground and press your sitting bones into the ground. Lenghten your spine as far as you can. Place your left hand on your right knee, twist to the right, and breath. Switch sides and repeat.
You can keep pushing your back as far as it can. Don’t hurt yourself, but the longer you can get your spine, the better.
Get back on all fours and press your hands and fingers onto the floor. Tuck your toes, lift your hips up and back, and wag your tail. It may feel silly, but it is a great way to open up your hips and greet the morning.
Staying on all fours, step your right foot in front of you so that your toes line up with your fingers and your knee is over your ankle. Slide your left leg behind you and kep your knee on the floor. Ensure that your spine is long and straight.
Deepen the stretch, press your hips forward, and your collarbones up.
From your lunge, move your right leg forward, place your right hand on your right shin (or ankle, if you want to press it) and your left hand on your left ribs. Roll your torso open so that your left should lines up over your right shoulder. Turn out your left foot so your toes are pointing forward and point your right toes to the side.
If you want to press it a bit more, lift your left arm straight toward the ceiling so your arms form a line. Keep your spine long and look up toward your left hand. Breathe and switch sides.
After you do your morning yoga routine, you can stay in child’s pose for a little longer, just to center yourself and come back to your body.
If you don’t have time every morning for all six, try at least doing a few of them as often as you can. Slowly, over time, your body will start to get used to them. Make sure you lean into the movements and push yourself when this happens.