Every morning, it would always be nice to get the day started on the right foot. If you intend to remain energised and refreshed for the remainder of the day, here are some yoga poses that you can do. These are some of the basic poses so it is suitable for everyone to do.
The first pose we are going to introduce is the standing backbend and side stretches. Start your inhale by lengthening your body and raising your arms towards the sky before slowly bending backwards. After you exhale, let one arm slide down the side of your body, while keeping the other raised. Your head and neck should be relaxed, while you feel the stretch in your ribs and side body. Repeat the motion 5 times per side.
The forward fold is another pose one can practice. The aim is to bend forward to bring your chest as close to your thighs while keeping your knees bent. Your neck should be relax as you hang your head heavily. The stretch would be in both your lower spine and legs. Once you are in the posture, stay there for 10 deep breaths.
The tree pose is a great way to train balance while letting your mind run free. Begin by placing your feet at hip distance apart and spreading your toes wide to have a better foothold. Then, bring your hands to the heart’s centre. During inhale, bring up your foot and place it on the thigh area. Exhale and keep your core engaged. If you are capable of maintaining your balance, reach your arms towards the sky. Remain in the position for 5 breaths before switching legs.
Next would be the cat-cow pose, where you will start on all fours. Do ensure that your wrists are directly underneath your shoulders and your fingers are spread apart. Your knees should be hip distance apart and feet tucked with the big toes touching. First inhale into the cow pose (left photo) then exhale into the cat pose (right photo). Keep the motion going for 2-3 minutes and increase your speed steadily.
The last pose is the downward dog, which is one of the most common postures used. This pose involves you tucking your toes and lifting your tailbone up. Your head should be dropped down and pushed into your hands to create a lengthy spine. If you have better balance, you can try closing your eyes. Take a total of 5 deep breaths. For more in-depth guidance, you can refer here.
For those who may require an assistance from a certified yoga instructor, do check out OMG Yoga. We offer private yoga classes in Singapore to cater to each individual’s needs.