It’s that time of year when we feel like everything needs a good clean! Sweep away the cobwebs of winter and spring into action with yoga.
Here are three great morning poses that will help energise you and get you mentally prepared for the summer months ahead.
Standing backbend and side stretches:
Start with an inhale with your arms up straight and bend back slightly to feel elongation throughout your entire body. Exhale and let one hand slide down the side of your body with the other hand still raised. Allow your head and neck to relax, feeling an even deeper stretch in the ribs and side body. Slowly inhale up to center and exhale to the opposite side. If you can repeat this 5 times to really feel the benefit.
The Tree pose:
This one is great to give you some focus. With feet hip distance apart, spread the toes wide to help plant yourself firmly on the ground. Bring the hands onto the hips or to heart’s center. Inhale to bring one foot up, placing it either on the calf or the thigh (never place the foot on the knee). Exhale. Keep the core engaged, and if you have your balance reach your arms to the sky. Stay here for 5 rounds of breath. Exhale to slowly place the foot on the ground, switch legs.
Come down onto your hands and knees. Be sure that the wrists are directly below the shoulders and the fingers are spread wide. Feel each knuckle and the finger pads on the ground to distribute the weight into the hands so that not all of the weight is on the wrists. The knees are hip distance apart and the tops of the feet are on the ground, the big toes are touching. Inhale into cow (the head and tailbone lift up, dropping the stomach towards the ground, heart extending forward). Exhale into cat (arch the spine upwards, tuck the chin toward the chest, draw the navel in towards the spine). Continue for 2-3 minutes, moving slowly at first and steadily increasing your speed as you gain flexibility.
With these stretches you can start the day with a spring in your step ready to face the day.
If you want to try a new yoga class, take a look at all the different ones on offer at Wilder Street Studios.