5 Yoga Exercises To Add To Your Morning Routine

More often than not we start our day in a rush. 

The alarm goes off loudly and aggressively and longing for more sleep we’re already reaching for our phones. Before you know it you’ve wasted 15 minutes putting you behind schedule. Through the consumption of other’s content, you’ve started your day unintentionally influenced by lives other than your own. Very quickly, this infiltrates your mood and energy for the rest of the day. 

What if you took just five of those fifteen minutes spent scrolling on Instagram to do something entirely for yourself? To listen to your body and your mind, give them the airtime they deserve and the acknowledgement of what you need to continue your day on a positive note.

It starts with breaking a habit, introducing small changes that all connect to the bigger picture of being your best self. You may not become a yogi overnight but over time you’ll notice your days beginning much more calmly with the purpose to guide how the rest of your day unfolds. 

Try adding these five yoga exercises to your morning routine for a day of calm and tranquillity.

Cat-Cow Pose

Perfect for stretching out your back after a night of rest, this yoga position opens your entire spine. The basis of the pose is while down on all fours, gaze towards the ceiling and drop your back towards the floor as you inhale. On the exhale, look down towards your belly button and arch your back up like a cat. It’s recommended that you try to do this movement for one to two minutes to feel the real effect.

Downward Dog

Possibly one of the most well-known yoga poses, the downward dog pose is relatively simple for beginners and experienced yogis alike. Start on your hands and knees, with knees directly below your hip and hands just in front of your shoulders. Pressing back, lift your knees away from the floor while keeping your arms straight and raising your tailbone up high. To lengthen your hamstrings and make the most of this position, stretch your heels towards the floor. Hold the position for anything between 30 seconds and one minute.

Warrior one

A powerful pose to start your day on, the warrior pose is split into two options with both designed to stimulate and signify strength and power. For warrior one, start by standing up straight, stepping back your left leg towards the end of your mat and bending your right knee to be directly above the ankle. Finally, turn your left foot slightly and raise your arms directly above you, reaching strongly and looking up. Hold for 30 seconds to one minute to stretch out the back and lower body then repeat, switching leg positions. 

Warrior Two 

This is similar to Warrior One except arms are held out to the side with the head facing forward as opposed to upwards. The back foot is adjusted to a 90-degree angle instead of turned in slightly.

Meditation

The most important part of yoga is connecting with your body through stretching and breathing. Meditation is a core part of yoga but is also a great way to start your day as an exercise in itself. For those starting out with meditation, the concept of sitting silently and thinking of nothing can be ironically unsettling. When starting out alternatives such as practising gratitude, empathy or love by sitting in a quiet space and concentrating on emitting gratitude toward the world may be easier and more enjoyable.

Niamh Crawford-Walker

Niamh is a full time fashion and features writer at The Style Edit. Her work has previously appeared in IMAGE magazine, image.ie and Emirates Woman.

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