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After getting 7 to 8 hours of shut-eye, your body needs to be activated for a productive and efficient day. When you start your morning with yoga, your body responds to the movement and clears your mind to receive positivity and clarity. Yoga has amazing health benefits for your body and mind, proving to be the best form of exercise for mornings.
Here are 7 yoga poses to help you kick start your day.
1. Surya Namaskar
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One of the most well-known and widely practiced asanas, Surya Namaskar means sun salutation. Comprising twelve different yoga postures, Surya Namaskar focuses on various parts of the body. This is a great way to warm up and start the movement of the body. It helps you light up energetically, and creates a sense of inner calm.
2. Utkatasana (Chair Pose)
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Commonly called the Chair Pose, this asana suggests something comfortable and relaxing. It’s an amazing way to generate heat in the body and quickly build energy. This asana activates the core and the legs, challenging your mind to stay in the present and be positive.
3. Parivrtta Utkatasana (Revolved Chair Pose)
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The variation of the Chair Pose, this asana has twisting poses that have a squeeze-and-release effect on your digestive system and internal organs. This helps promote detoxification, giving the perfect amount of pressure for your morning routine.
4. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)
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Also known as the Downward Facing Dog, this asana involves working the whole body. A great way to wake up every part of your physique, this asana stretches through the backs of the leg and hips to relax and awaken you. If you only have time for one asana in the morning, this is a great way to start your day.
5. Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge)
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Anjaneyasana or the Low Lunge, this asana is like a bubble bath for hip flexors. The lovely stretchy feeling through the hips, arms and torso relaxes the body and also builds strength in the legs. To add variation to this asana, you can interlace the fingers behind the lower back and gently draw the hands away to open the chest and heart space.
6. Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
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A classic yoga asana, Trikonasana or the Triangle Pose helps give a strong sense of grounding and stability. It activates and balances the root chakra, Muladhara, powering up the legs and the core. The subtle twist of this asana allows you to open and light up the heart space.
7. Virabhadrasana III (Warrior 3)
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Virabhadrasana III or Warrior 3, this asana activates the legs, the core and fires up Manipura, the solar plexus chakra. This pose encourages feelings of confidence, determination, and willpower. The best way to start the morning, this asana helps you approach your work and daily activities with a true sense of inner strength.