Just 15 minutes of yoga in the morning can greatly improve your perception of the world and make for a more productive and peaceful day.
Though growing in popularity over the past twenty years, yoga is now hitting a new generation because of its popularity on Instagram and other social networks – yoga is a beautiful and brilliant practice.
Daily yoga can contribute to weight loss, flexibility, strength and peace of mind by bringing you in touch with your inner self and increasing awareness of your own body.
As a beginner, yoga does not have to be taxing on the body, in fact many beginner moves are about increasing core strength and flexibility, thus making you feel relaxed by opening up your whole body with stretches and moves such as downward dog and pigeon pose which require little effort.
Beginner Morning Yoga Routine
Try this five times a week every morning and feel your body gain strength and prepare yourself for a day free from stress and filled with positive vibes!
Downward Dog: Beginner
Start on all fours with hands directly under shoulders, knees under hips.
Walk hands a few inches forward and spread fingers wide, pressing palms into mat.
Curl toes under and slowly press hips toward ceiling, bringing your body into an inverted V, pressing shoulders away from ears. Feet should be hip-width apart, knees slightly bent.
Hold for 3 full breaths.
The Crow: Beginner
Get into downward dog position (palms pressed into mat, feet hip-width apart) and walk feet forward until knees touch your arms.
Bend your elbows, lift heels off floor, and rest knees against the outside of your upper arms. Keep toes on floor, abs engaged and legs pressed against arms. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths.
The Lunge: Beginner
Start in downward dog position. Step your right leg forward to the inside of your right hand.
Drop your left knee to the floor and lift your chest up. Keeping your right knee in line with your ankle and your back straight, place hands on your knee. Hold for 10 breaths.
Return to downward dog; switch legs and repeat.
Easy Cross Leg (Sukhasana) for Stress Relief
Sit cross-legged on a yoga mat with your hand on your knees, palms up. Keep your spine as straight as you can. Push the bones you’re sitting on down into the floor — your “sit bones” in yoga-speak. Close your eyes and inhale. “This is a great pose for beginners to use as an assessment,” says Gwen Lawrence, yoga coach for the New York Giants and other sports teams and celebrities. “Just sitting on the floor gives you a perfect way to see and feel the external rotation on the legs.” This pose also boosts back flexibility and can help relieve stress.