All inner winds are in their rightful place in the morning as they haven’t been disturbed yet by the day’s activity. Practicing Morning Yoga is therefore highly beneficial. When doing yoga in the morning, the goal should be to stimulate, center, and raise the energy to nurture the body and prepare the mind for the day ahead. On the contrary, a practice in the afternoon should focus on calming down the nervous system to put the body and mind to rest as we approach nighttime.
Some morning yoga to ensure you start each day on the right foot
Whether you have the time for a short or long practice, try to include the following poses to your morning yoga routine.
Jathara Parivrtti – Twists on the floor
Why? Starting your practice with this pose helps you:
- Wake up the spine gently, giving it its rightful range of motion.
- Relieve the Vata energy that accumulates between the vertebrae.
- Stimulate both sides of the body, stimulating your inner lunar and solar energy to bring them into balance later in practice.
Finishing the sequence with Jathara Parivrtti helps:
- To calm the nervous system down.
- To cleanse your organs from the inside.
- To stimulate the blood flow.
- To ground yourself and start the day with a motivated yet serene attitude.
Pawanmuktasana – Wind-Relieving Pose
Why? Putting Pawanmuktasana at the beginning of the practice will help:
- Center inner energy flows.
- Activate your core, the hub of internal energies.
Putting the same pose at the end of the sequence also has benefits as it helps you:
- Ground yourself.
- Focus on the breath.
- Experience a tremendous alleviating feeling when finally releasing the pose.
Adho Mukha Svanasana – Down-Dog
Why? Whenever used, Adho Mukha Svanasana is a great pose to do as it brings:
- Focus and connection to the breath.
- A global body stretch, from the fingertips to the toes.
- Inner strength and grounding through the heels’ action taking/intending to take roots on the floor.
Adho Mukha Svanasana is a fundamental pose you meet in any Surya Namaskar’s variations (Sun Salutations). So no need to explain further why it’s beneficial to practice it in the morning, right? 😉
Urdvha Mukha Svanasana – Up-Dog
Another key pose consisting of Surya Namaskar is Urdhva Mukha Svanasana. This pose brings various benefits, helping you to:
- Build inner and outer strength through the action of both the legs and arms.
- Open the chest and the back into a light but powerful extension.
- Provide your body with a global stretch and complete workout.
Uttanasana – Standing Forward Bend
And, last but not least, let’s not forget the famous Uttanasana to:
- Relieve the back from tension and elongate the spine working together with gravity.
- Bring the focus to the feet; we often tend to put all the weight in the heels while we should distribute it equally from heels to toes.
- Build strength and flexibility in the legs.
- Work on our mental blockings when going inward with the head.
You now have the basis to practice Morning Yoga, whether you want to include these poses in your practice or only try them alone.
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