When you wake up in the morning, your body is likely feeling a bit stiff – from what was hopefully a great night’s sleep. To give your body a bit of a stretch, you don’t even need to get out of bed.

Your mattress can be much more comforting, allowing you to sink gently into the pose and feel supported. To make the poses even more comfortable you might want to use the pillows and blankets you have around you.

Try these 7 poses right as you wake up in the morning.

1. Butterfly Fold – Bring the soles of your feet together, and drop the knees out to the side. Melt forward. Stacking the fists, the palms, or props pillows to support the head and chest. Relax the shoulders, hips, and spine. After 5-10 deep breaths here, push in to the hands to lift up.

2. Wide-Legged Child’s Pose – Come to kneel. Bring the big toes together and take the knees wide as comfortable in the morning. Fold forward, resting the head on the palms or turning to one cheek.

3. Spinx – Slide on to the belly, with the forearms in front of you. Lift the chest, roll the shoulders back. Expand and open through the heart.

4. Quad Stretch – Bend the left knee. Reach back for the foot and pull it in. Stay up in sphinx, or relax head and chest down. Stretching in to the quads, thighs, hip flexors, and knee.  After a while, release the foot and switch sides.

5. Half Butterfly Side Bend – Come to a seat. Bring the right heel in, extending the left leg out. Bring the right hand to the low back. Use the left hand or fist to support the head as you bend sideways. Getting a nice opening in the sides and the hips here. Lift up and switch sides.

6. Straddle Fold – Stretch both legs out. Fold directly down into the center. Stack fists, palms or pillows to support and find comfort in the pose. Bend the knees if hamstrings are feeling tight.

7. Seated Twist – Take a comfortable seat. Reach the arms up overhead. As you exhale, bring right hand to left knee and left hand back behind you. Opening the chest to the left side. Inhale back to center. Repeat to the right side.

Prefer to be gently guided through these poses in a 10 minute practice? Press play on the video below.

Namaste,

Kassandra

Please do subscribe to my YouTube channel

☮ Website: http://www.yogawithkassandra.com

☮ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kryoga

☮ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yoga_with_k…

Yoga with Kassandra – Disclaimer Please consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. By participating in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release and discharge Yoga with Kassandra from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown, arising out of Yoga with Kassandra’s negligence.

ABOUT ME

Welcome to my blog, where I share with you with my passion for yoga and wellness. This is a collection of classes, pose tutorials, personal blog entries, delicious recipes, fashion and lifestyle. For full length yoga classes, visit my website at www.yogawithkassandra.com ,  click here →

7 FREE & FULL LENGTH YIN YOGA CLASSES – CLICK IMAGE TO START

#1 ONLINE YIN & VINYASA YOGA CLASSES

RECENT POSTS

7 Poses to Increase Hip Flexibility

7 Poses to Increase Hip Flexibility

So you have been working on your flexibility for a while now. You've got a regular yoga practice. And you are ready to step it up a notch, trying some deeper stretches and continuing to improve flexibility. This sequence will help you do just that. These 7 poses will...

7 Poses for a Fun Foundational Flow

7 Poses for a Fun Foundational Flow

I love how accessible yoga is. It can be started at any time. And from anywhere. With very little. To that same affect, you can never be too advanced a practitioner to turn back to the foundational poses. There is a challenge there for everyone. Try these 7 yoga poses...

What’s Your Favorite Style of Yoga?

What’s Your Favorite Style of Yoga?

Do you find yourself swaying more to one style of yoga than another? Or are you curious to know what all of the different styles are about? The June 2020 yoga calendar is here to help you get a healthy balance of it all! Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa, Power, Meditation,...