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5 yoga poses to start your day + 5 yoga breathing exercises


Yoga is not only for those living with insomnia. It is also for people who often feel sluggish and unmotivated in the morning.

Many people find it hard to get going in the morning. However, there are a few simple yoga poses that can help wake you up and put a smile on your face. 


Cat-cow pose

The cat-cow pose is a great starting point for your morning yoga practice. Not only is it simple and easy to do. It also helps to wake up your body and mind. To do this pose, start by sitting on your heels with your hands on your knees. Then, slowly arch your back and look up at the ceiling. Next, round your back and tuck your chin to your chest. Finally, return to the starting position. Repeat this sequence 10 times.

The pose helps to stretch and strengthen the spine and to relieve tension in the neck and shoulders. In addition, the rhythmic movements of the pose help to stimulate the digestive system and promote blood flow. This makes this pose an ideal way to start your day. So next time you find yourself struggling to wake up in the morning, try doing a few rounds of this pose. You may just find that it makes all the difference.


Downward facing dog pose

The downward facing dog pose is also great for beginners and it can help stretch out your entire body. This pose starts on all fours with toes tucked under and hips elevated. Make sure to keep your core engaged while keeping a steady breath in for stability. Hold this position briefly before returning back down again slowly. To deepen the stretch, you can walk your hands forward or back as needed. You can also try lifting one leg at a time to stretch out your hamstrings.

Remember to take deep breaths and relax into the pose. Try not to tense up in order to avoid injury. Stay in the pose for at least 10 seconds before moving on to the next pose.


Warrior I pose

The Warrior I pose is a great way to energize your entire body. To do the pose, start in a standing position with your feet hip-width apart. Then, step your left foot back about four feet and turn it out at a 45-degree angle. Bend your right knee so that it is directly over your ankle and reach both arms up overhead. Gaze up at your hands and hold this pose for a few breaths.

By stretching all the muscles in your legs, arms and torso, this pose helps to improve balance and concentration, which is important for beginners. If you are new to yoga, be sure to practice under the guidance of a certified instructor.


Triangle pose

The triangle pose is a great yoga pose for lengthening your spine and opening up your hips. Aside from improving your flexibility and to stretch out your muscles, this pose can also help to improve your balance and coordination.

To do this pose, start in a standing position with your feet hip-width apart. Then, step your left foot back about four feet and turn it out at a 45-degree angle. Reach your right hand down to the ground near your left foot and extend your left arm up towards the ceiling. Hold this pose for a few breaths before repeating on the other side.


Camel pose

The camel pose is the perfect way to stretch out your entire front body. To do the pose, start by kneeling on the ground with your feet hip-width apart. Then, place your hands on your lower back and slowly lean back until you feel a deep stretch in your chest and abdomen. Hold this pose for a few breaths before coming back to a kneeling position.

This pose is a great way to open up your chest and increase flexibility in your spine. It can also help to relieve tension in the shoulders and neck. If you are new to yoga or if you have any injuries or health conditions, be sure to talk to your teacher before attempting this pose. With regular practice, this pose can help to improve your overall well-being.


Yoga breathing exercises

Also called pranayama, yoga breathing exercises are an essential part of a complete yoga practice. In yoga, the breath is known as the link between the body and mind. By controlling the breath, we can control the mind.

Yoga breathing exercises help to calm the mind and ease stress and anxiety. They also help to improve our lung capacity and increase our energy levels.

Regular practice of pranayama can help to improve our digestion and detoxify our body. Here are five yoga breathing exercises that can help you relax:

  1. Ujjayi breath: This breathing exercise is often used in yoga classes to help focus the mind. To do this breath, simply inhale and exhale through your nose, making sure to constrict the back of your throat on the exhale to create a “ha” sound.
  2. Nadi Shodhana: Also called alternate nostril breathing, this exercise is said to help balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain. To do this breath, hold your right hand in front of your face and use your thumb and index finger to alternately block your right and left nostrils.
  3. Bhramari breath: This purifying breath is said to help with anxiety and stress. To do this breath, close your eyes and place your hands on your ears. Then, inhale deeply through your nose and exhale while making a “bee” sound.
  4. Kapalabhati breath: This energizing breath is often used as a warm-up for yoga practice. To do this breath, exhale forcefully through your nose and allow your inhale to happen passively.
  5. Sitali breath: This cooling breath is said to help with anger and irritability. To do this breath, curl your tongue back and inhale through your mouth. Exhale through your nose.

Yoga is an excellent way to improve your flexibility and strength, but it’s important to remember that you can injure yourself if you’re not careful. That’s why we advise you to work with a yoga trainer or use WellTech Yoga.

Just make sure that you’re following the instructions carefully and listen to your body if something feels wrong. With a little caution, you can avoid injury and enjoy all the benefits of yoga. Namaste.

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