BEGINNERS MORNING YOGA ROUTINE

Want to start your mornings in a more balanced way? This yoga sequence will create a strong foundation and help you find a love for the practice. Centre your mind, balance your body and find amazing new energy for the day to come with this quick and easy routine!

SUN SALUTATION
Start with distributing your weight evenly over both feet. Find a calm, steady rhythm for your breath and focus on centering yourself. Next, inhale deeply and stretch your arms out over your head and then to the sides. Slowly fold over from the hip, reach with your hands towards your feet and place your hands on the floor.

PLANK POSE
With your hands on the floor, lightly jump back with your feet into Plank Pose. Your wrists should be flat on the floor, shoulder-distance apart, and your feet should be at hip width. Breathe in deeply and feel how you lengthen your spine as you stretch out. Exhale and lower your body until it lays flat on the floor (keep your legs straight and push back into your heels).

COBRA
Now, lying on your belly, place your elbows under your shoulders. Keep your thighs parallel to each other, firm your muscles, and extend your legs so your toes move toward the wall behind you. Now lift your chest towards the ceiling as you inhale and then exhale as you turn back towards the floor.

DOWNWARD FACING DOG
From Cobra pose, push your body up and position it as an inverted "V" with your hands and feet steady on the floor. Try to keep your hips lifted towards the sky and straighten your back. Remember to keep your arms and legs straight and the weight of your body should be equally distributed between your hands and feet. Keep your neck relaxed and the crown of your head toward the floor. Remember to take deep breaths throughout the whole sequence. Rise slowly and inhale as you finish by repeating the sun salutation.

Repeat the whole sequence 6 times. Thank yourself and your body for this renewed energy, and walk away feeling centered, focused and ready for the day. Namaste!

Words by: Photographs by: John Buddee/Crosby