Starting your day with some deep breaths, physical movement and moments of calm has a positive impact on your day ahead. It’s all about getting the blood and oxygen pumping around the body by stimulating the heart and the mind.
So here’s how to get started. It’s really simple…
…choose one routine and do it daily.
You don’t need to commit to a 1-hour asana (yoga poses) practice, nor a 30-minute meditation straight off the mark.
Focus on something you would like to work on and take small steps to get there.
Keep it simple.
Here are a couple of examples of what I mean
- If you want to release the tension in your neck and shoulders, then you could start with couple of simple stretches; stretch your neck side-to-side, then look right and left, roll your shoulders and rotate your wrists in clockwise and counter-clockwise motions. You could even do something before you get out of bed.
- If want to improve your breathing, then practice the Deep Yogic Breath while waiting for the kettle to boil.
- Or if you want to start to master your mind, then get your butt on a seat, slowly count to 10 before heading out the door.
It really is that simple.
The main thing is to pick something, and start doing it daily.
Like everything in life that you want to learn or get better at, you’re better off doing a little bit each day than trying to do one big practice per week.
If you want a deeper practice
Try this Wake Up Yoga sequence:
- Start by laying on your back, breathing deeply.
- Raise your head, arms and feet 6 inches from the floor and pump your belly to do the Breath of Fire. Do this as long as you can.
- Curl up in a ball, head to your knees. Breath deeply for 1 minute.
- Then begin to roll up and back on your spine a for a minute before coming up to sitting tall.
- Sitting in easy pose with legs crossed, raise your arms at a 60 degree angle from your shoulders, curl your fingers in towards your palms, thumbs pointing towards one another. Pump the belly, Breath of Fire for 1 minute.
Then slowly lower your arms to your side.
And then if you want, follow this with a 3-minute meditation of your choice.
Try your best.
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