5 yoga poses you should do every morning

First thing in the morning, most of us just want to get straight into the business of the day ahead.

But as we all know, that can leave us feeling incredibly stressed and anxious for the entire day. By getting up just 30 minutes earlier and doing some stretching and some breathing, you can really set yourself up for the day on a calm and relaxed vibe.

Although an hour-long yoga session is most beneficial, a 10-minute stretching session can have similar benefits. Worth a shot, right?

Here are some yoga poses you should try every morning

Side Stretch

Starting before you even get out of bed, take a big breath in and move your arms above your head, grab both elbows. Open your legs wider than your hips and cross your ankles, left over right, keeping your legs straight.

Exhale and lean to the right opening up the entire left side of the body. Repeat for 5/10 breathes and swap sides.

Seated Forward Fold

Now sit on the edge of your bed. As you inhale reach above your head, and as you exhale fold forward at your hips. Begin to walk your arms forward and use your hands to draw your heart forward. Allow your head to hang and stay here for 10/15 breaths.

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Childs Pose

From kneeling, bring your chest down onto your thighs and your forehead to the floor. Your arms lengthways by your side with your hands next to your feet.

Take a slow, full breath in through your nose and notice how the back of your chest expands and your ribs widen.  Stay here for 5/10 breaths.

Cat Pose

Start on all fours with your wrists directly beneath your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Press the palms of your hands into your mat. Inhale slowly and look forward, or up to the sky if it feels okay for your neck, tilting your tailbone toward the sky. Exhale as you tuck your chin to your chest and reach the tailbone to the floor.

Downward Dog

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Take the palms of your hands a little wider than shoulder-width, tuck your toes under and lift your hips into the air. Push your chest back toward your thighs with your head relaxed and your arms straight. Try to keep your hips high rather than get the soles of your feet to the ground.

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