Not a morning person?
Getting out of bed in the morning can be tough, especially during the winter months when the bed is so soft and warm, and you’re cozily wrapped up under the covers… Most mornings I wake up feeling rushed because I hit the snooze button too many times. While having an hour long yoga session every morning would be ideal, most of us just don’t have the time. These 5 energising yoga poses will help you fight fatigue, so you’re positively ready to tackle the day ahead.
Why do Yoga in the morning?
Even as little as 5 minutes of yoga each morning can help you get energised for the day ahead. Practicing yoga in the morning has many benefits. Not only is it the most peaceful time of the day without much distraction, it also helps you clear your thoughts, increase physical energy, endurance, and speed up your metabolism. Taking a peaceful moment for yourself at the start of each day will allow you to feel grounded, re-charged, and happy.
5 Yoga energising poses to do before breakfast:
Tree Pose: Start by setting your feet hip distance apart. Inhale, bringing one foot up and placing it above or below your knee. Exhale, and if you’re feeling balanced, reach for the stars and feel yourself absorbing in all the energy you need. (You should feel a stretch in your upper back/shoulders.) Breathe in and out 5 times (or more). Finally, exhale while slowly placing your foot down. Switch legs and repeat.
Cat/Cow Pose: Sitting on your knees, lean forward with your arms planted in front of you, with your back in a horizontal line (tabletop position). Your wrists should line up with your shoulders. Inhale and look forward, feeling your spine relax and your tailbone reaching towards the sky. Exhale while you tuck your chin towards your chest, and arch your back, (just like a cat) feeling your spine slowly opening up. Move between both positions slowly working your way up with speed. Breathe in and out 5 times (or more).
Downward Dog: For this pose, move your arms a little wider than your shoulder width. Tuck your toes in and lift your hips into the air. Keep your arms and legs straight and relax into it. Keep your hips high and take baby steps forward until your soles are pressed firmly into the ground. This pose really helps lengthen out your spine and you feel a lovely stretch from your outer thighs to your ankles. Breathe in and out 5 times (or more).
Forward Bend: When you’re feeling content, walk your feet all the way up to your hands and let your upper body hang. Your knees can be bent to start, and when you feel comfortable, start to straighten them slowly. Breathe in and out 5 times (or more). Trust me, your hamstrings will thank you.
Triangle Pose: To tie it off, come out of your forward bend into a standing position. Widen your leg stance to about a leg-length. Turn your left foot out, and lift your arms up into a straight line, parallel to the ground. Reach over to your left side, keeping both your legs and arms straight. Keep your chest open with your other arm reaching up to the sky and your face turned up towards it. (Tip: stare at your thumb for balance) Breathe in and out 5 times (or more).
Try them out and see how you feel!
After your morning yoga practice why not try our delicious porridge recipe to set you up for the day? All of our UK yoga retreats begin with a 2 hour morning practice – come and join us and learn how to make every morning a truly energised experience!