Waking up in the morning is one of those blessings that many of us tend to take for granted. We often get up (perhaps after pressing snooze a couple times) and start rushing about our day, whatever that entails for each of us. But I find that the morning can be a great time to set the tone for the day and give ourselves some extra love. Here are some of my favourite tips for getting out of bed and starting the day right.
I know that pressing snooze is oh so tempting, but try waking up at the time that your alarm is set. You know, the early bird gets the worm and all that jazz, but here are some great reasons why waking up earlier is a great way to kick start your day.
This is my favourite morning yoga pose. It’s great for stretching and really starting your body up, as well as allowing you to listen to what your body needs. You can feel your way into this movement and make your own variations (as to how deep to go, how far out to stretch, etc). Listen to your body.
Start by going on all fours. Wrists under the shoulders, knees underneath the hips. Press up and out into table top, whilst extending to the crown of the head.
Inhale cat/cow, bringing the heart forward, allowing the stomach skin to stretch. Travel the spine slowly, slooowly. This is a morning routine after all.
Exhale and move your way up from the tail by pressing up and out of the tops of your feet and your palms. Release crown of the head. Repeat.
Inhale into table top. Curl your toes and walk fingertips towards your thigh tops. Inhale. Open palms and shoulders to reach up above you. Exhale to release back. Rest the tops of your feet back down and sit on them whilst widening your knees. Go back onto all fours.
Reach fingertips forward. Come forward, scoooping. Inhale. Exhale and extend child’s pose, then continue inhaling and exhaling whilst rounding the spine and creating a fluid movement from left to right, or right to left. Allow the movement to be slow and fluid and feel how your body wants to move.