A Morning Yoga Routine
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Today I am super excited to share an easy yoga morning routine and tips to stay healthy and fresh feeling throughout the day. I'm not a yogi by any means, but warming up as often as I can with yoga is so refreshing! Whether I have a day filled with outdoor activities like hiking or traveling, or indoor activities like blogging or cleaning up the house a good stretch can set the day right.
So, let's begin! I've found that the easiest way to get into yoga is by memorizing a series of movements, in today's case a Sun Salutation. Underneath each photo you will find a detailed description of the pose and how to correctly move into the next pose. If you have any comments or questions, please leave them in the comments below!
Urdhva Hastasana is the next pose. As you exhale slowly from Mountain Pose, lift your arms into the air above your shoulders on the next inhale. Make sure you relax your shoulders (I often forget this but its important!) and lift your gaze to your fingertips. Be sure to slide your shoulders down away from your ears, slightly bending your elbows if need be.
Uttanasana. (Forward fold) After inhaling to step #2, exhale and slowly bend forward. Place your hands flat on the mat with fingertips in line with your toes. This pose might be a little difficult if you don't typical stretch or do yoga so pictured above is a variation that you can do with your hands on your ankles/shins. *Remember to be breathing deeply and not have any muscles scrunched as you do the poses*
Ardha Uttanasana. Inhale and lift your head, bringing your gaze forward. Make sure that your neck is relaxed. Bring your fingertips to the floor or higher up on your legs to get your back flat. Exhale slowly and move to the lunge.
Chaturanga Dandasana. Exhale and shift your weight from the plank and lower yourself, bringing your shoulders slightly in front of your wrists (sort of like a push up). This is a transition into the pose pictured above, Upward Facing Dog.
Roll over your toes until you're on the tops of your feet. Bring your shoulders away from your ears and breathe in. Straighten your arms, lift your thighs and knees off of the floor and gaze upwards. Hold for one breath. *If you're unable to do this with your thighs and knees off the mat, you can opt for the cobra pose.
Downward Facing Dog. Exhale, then push back into this pose. Pedal your feet to stretch your leg muscles and get your heels as close as you can to the mat. They don't have to touch, although some people can because they're flexible! Do what works best for your body. Make sure that your back is straight, not arched, and your ears are aligned with your arms. Stay here for a few deep breaths.
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