Morning Yoga Poses to Get You Stretched and Ready

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Starting off the day with yoga poses is a great way to get yourself centered and focused for the day ahead. Yoga poses can help to increase your energy levels and can sometimes prevent tenseness from building up in the joints. Be sure to ease into the poses, never pushing too hard first thing in the morning. Your body takes time to warm up, so use these to help rather than pushing.

Cobra Pose

To start, lie on your stomach with your toes flat on the floor and your palms directly underneath your shoulders. Keep your legs together and your elbows tucked in close to your torso throughout the move. While taking a deep breath in, lift your head and upper body up, keeping your belly button on the floor. Look up and ensure that equal pressure is on both palms. No part of the move should strained or forced, but rather fluid and graceful. Be sure to keep the shoulders away from the ears and breathe slowly and deliberately. Hold the pose for about 20 seconds, feeling the vertebrae loosen and separate.

Child Pose

Instead of standing right up after cobra, ease right into child pose. Separate your knees and push back until your bottom is nearly touching your heels. Allow your forehead to rest gently on the floor while your arms are extended straight out in front of you. Hold the pose for about 20 seconds.

Warrior One

To get your energy up for the day, move into a warrior one pose after child pose. Stand up slowly and step your left foot back about three feet. Bend your right knee so that it’s at exactly a right angle to the floor with your foot underneath. Turn your left foot slightly as needed so that your sole is flat on the floor and you are stabilized. Raise your arms directly above you and look up. Breathe and hold the pose for about 20 seconds, then get on with your day.

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