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Three Yoga Poses to Love Before Coffee

Posted by Ravynn Rohner on 10/17/16 2:11 PM

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One of the best things you can do for your mind and body each morning is stretch. During sleep, the body spends hours rejuvenating at a cellular level and by morning lengthening the muscles and filling the lungs with fresh, clean air will do wonders for setting up your day. Here are three yoga poses that will support your organs, open the hips, loosen the neck, release tension from the shoulders, and align all seven chakras (energy centers). Start with taking five slow, deep belly breaths and work your way up ten or more. Click here to learn the Ujaii breathing technique and apply it to the following poses.

Yoga_poses_SWIHA2.jpgForward Fold (Uttanasana)

  • Stand with your feet hip distance apart, facing forward.
  • Inhale both arms up with palms facing each other.
  • Fold upper body down toward thighs, supporting yourself on the shins if you need or hands to the floor.
  • Gently shake the head yes and no
  • Bend the knees slightly and inhale all the way back up, arms over head.
  • Breath deeply and repeat.

Yoga_poses_SWIHA3.jpgDownward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

  • From Forward Fold, plant hands firmly on floor (middle finger facing forward), shoulder width apart and step both feet back.
  • Look at arms and make sure they are at an incline and not over the shoulders like in Plank. 
  • Bend the knees or keep heels off the ground if hamstrings are tight.
  • Hold for breaths.


Yoga_poses_SWIHA4.jpgYogi Squat (Malasana)

  • From Down Dog, step forward into Forward Fold.
  • Widen your stance a few inches and turn the toes out.
  • Lower hips to a comfortable level. Heels may or may not touch the ground. 
  • Bring hands together at heart and use the elbows to push the knees out, to open the hips.


Gratitude

You can do these poses in any order you like, and when you are feeling complete, return your breath to normal speed and relax the belly. Close the eyes and make a list of the things in your life, in which you are thankful. Maybe even honor your challenges and lessons that you are currently dealing with, for they are your greatest teachers. To learn more about the power of gratitude and its effect on our lives, come to the November’s Gifts and Graces at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts for a special evening of “The Grateful Brain”.

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Topics: yoga, Mind-body, exercise, Yoga poses

About the Author Ravynn Rohner

Ravynn Rohner is one of our inspired writers and the Lead Blog Coordinator for SWIHA – She uses her gifts to support the Motivational Monday, Great Graduates, SWINA Natural Caring, and Info Wednesday blogs! Ravynn graduated from the Mind-Body Wellness Practitioner program in 2014 specializing in Polarity Therapy, Yoga, and Life Coaching. She assists in teaching Transformational Yoga Coaching – which is a powerful way of working one-on-one with people using the hidden language of metaphors, symbolism, and ancient wisdom found in the yoga asanas to tap into one’s divine wisdom and guidance. (If YOU want to be a Guest Blogger for any of our blogs just send your blog info to ravynnr@swiha.edu)

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