For some of us, the last thing we want to do first thing in the morning is exercise. We might, however, notice that we are usually stiff all day, or maybe just generally tired. A quick fix to your fatigue might be coffee and an Advil, but there might be an easier and more natural solution to your problem.

 

Try doing yoga in the morning, and stretch out your muscles! It gets the blood flowing, helps with circulation, boosts brain activity, and can even boost your metabolism! These positions are so easy, you do not have to get out of bed to do them! Simply sit up and get started.

 

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Prayer Position

First, just sit up and cross your legs. Put your hands together in the Prayer Position. When you are in this position, breathe deeply from your belly. Keep your back as straight as you can, or lean your back against the wall to help you sit up straight. Flex some of your muscles when in this pose to start getting the blood flowing and to help you wake up and become aware of your body. Stay like this for about a minute or two.

 

 

 

Side Stretch

Next, lean to your right side and reach your arm over your head. Make sure to keep breathing deeply from your belly and relax into the position. Ease into the position (especially first thing in the morning!), so that you slowly stretch the muscles and do not stretch them too much! Hold for about 45 seconds to a minute and then switch sides. You can both sides once or twice, depending on your mood.

 

 

The Seated Twist

This next move, the Seated Twist, is an amazing position that effortlessly stretches your shoulders, hips, and back, and helps improve blood circulation. To start, sit on the floor with your legs extended. Cross right foot over outside of left thigh and bend your left knee. Keep your right knee pointed toward ceiling. Place your left elbow to the outside of right knee and right hand on the floor behind you. Twist right as far as you can, moving from your abdomen. Stay for one minute, then switch sides and repeat. Remember your breath, and breathe deeply from your belly.

 

 

Child’s Pose

A beloved position that is both easy and wonderfully relaxing is the Child’s Pose. There are two ways you can do this position. You can keep your legs crossed and simply lean forward stretching your arms in front of you, or you can move onto your knees, and then lean forward and place your arms either on your side or stretched out in front of you. Breathe deeply and relax into this position. Stay here for about a minute.

 

To end your yoga session, always do a prayer pose as your last pose. You can stay in the position for as long or as short as you want, but it is traditional that you begin and end in the prayer position.

 

What do you think of this morning routine? What yoga positions are your favorite? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @kateeb790