Making a conscious choice to exercise first thing in the morning can reap the most benefits.
Exercise gets your adrenaline going and can give you the energy to get through the rest of your day, which in turn helps you make better decisions, which in turn means better health.
Here are some great morning yoga routines to get you started!
1. Warrior 1
This is a great exercise for beginners and experienced yogis alike. The Warrior 1 yoga pose can be performed in a wide variety of positions and for any length of time.
To practice Warrior 1 you will do each arm sequence in a regular yoga pose: standing, lunge forward, hold, step forward, then step back.
The emphasis is on building strength and endurance. This pose is not meant to develop perfect-looking abs but to help build strength and get your blood flowing.
And I don’t mean to brag but I have no cellulite in this pose.
2. Cat and cow pose
With this yoga pose, you can start with your feet together and then step the front foot to one side and then back.
You can move your legs in all different directions as you shift your weight from the front foot to the back foot and back again.
For advanced yogis, you can also alternate your hands between your front and back feet.
This helps open up your hips and improves circulation and health. It can also improve your balance as well as help you develop a stronger core.
3. Plow pose
In this pose, you begin by holding your arms out in front of you and then moving your arms in a figure-8 motion while your arms are in front of you.
Use this position to pull your elbows back to your sides as if you are pushing a plow into the earth. This is a great way to strengthen your arms and shoulders.
For advanced yogis, you can also hold your arms high and try to bring your hands all the way behind your head.
This is a good way to increase your neck and core strength as well.
4. Child’s pose
If you’re not a yogi but are still looking for a challenge, this pose is perfect. You will need a yoga mat to perform this pose.
In this position, you will lie down on your stomach with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.
Lie on your stomach with your arms resting on the mat in front of you. If you are new to yoga, try to remain on your stomach.
As you become more comfortable, you can put your hands behind your neck, then you can slowly bring your arms to your sides.
This position will help improve blood circulation to your head, face, and hands as well as increase flexibility.
5. Legs up the wall
This is a great exercise for your inner thighs, inner thighs, inner thigh, and inner thigh. You will also need a yoga mat to perform this pose.
To perform this pose, you will hold one leg up with your ankle just barely on the floor and your thigh just barely on the wall.
Then, move the opposite leg up the wall and take your arms in front of you with your palms facing down.
Stay in this pose for a few minutes. This is a great way to stretch out your inner thighs, inner thigh, inner thigh, and inner thigh.
6. Body roller pose
This is a great exercise to help you burn calories and increase flexibility.
To do this pose, you will lie down on your stomach and then rest your legs and arms on the floor.
Using your leg and arm muscles, you will roll your belly back and forth as if you were rolling a car wheel.
This exercise also helps open up your hips and improve blood circulation.
7. Inverted bird dog pose
Inverted bird dog is great for upper body strength as well as your inner thighs. To do this pose, you will lie on your stomach with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.
Stand with your feet hip-distance apart. Your arms will be extended in front of you like a tennis racquet and your hands will be in front of your shoulders.
Slowly, drop your arms to your sides and raise your legs until your legs are parallel to the floor. Now, slowly lower your legs until your toes are flat on the floor.
In this position, your spine should be straight. Your arms and shoulders can move in all different directions.
You can also close your eyes. This is a great exercise to help you develop upper body strength, upper body flexibility, and muscle tone.
8. Tree pose
This is a great pose to help improve your balance as well as your posture and your upper body strength.
To do this pose, you will lie on your stomach with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.
Reach your arms up to the sky with your palms facing up. Now, move your hands from the palms of your hands toward your toes.
Your body should be in a straight line from head to toe. To strengthen your arms, you can also lift your arms to the sky and raise your body off of the floor.
You will use your inner thigh muscles and abs as well as your abdominal and obliques to stay in this pose.
9. Wheel pose
Wheel pose is an excellent exercise for your inner thighs, inner thigh, inner thigh, and inner thigh.
You will need a yoga mat to perform this pose.
To perform this pose, you will lie down on your stomach with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.
Stay in this position for a few minutes and then, gently push up and you will be in a standing position.
To improve your balance, turn your body in a full circle. This exercise will help improve your inner thighs, inner thigh, and inner thigh.