First things first. After a solid night’s rest, it’s time to stretch you back. This position is an excellent way to accomplish this feat. The Cat-Cow pose opens the entire spine. To get into this position, get down on all fours. Now, while staring at the ceiling, drop your back down toward the floor as you inhale a deep breath. Then, while glancing at you naval, arch you back up like a cat and exhale. Continue for one-to-two minutes.
Now, time to get back on your feet again. The Warrior One is one of the few yoga poses that signify and stimulates strength and power. Begin the pose by standing up straight, then step your left leg back 3 ½ to 4 feet. Now bend your right knee, so that is it perpendicular to your ankle while turning your left foot slightly inwards. Finally, raise your arms directly above you and look up towards your ceiling. This pose stretched the back and lower body.
Similar to Warrior One in its positioning, Warrior Two further stretches the back and now the core. In the same stance as Warrior One, hold your arms out to the side with the head looking forward. Also, make sure your back foot is at a 90-degree angle instead of slightly turned inward.
Time to stretch out those legs. To get into this pose, let the upper body hang as you walk your feet toward your hands. Keep the neck and head relaxed and knees bent to begin. If you don’t experience any tension at first try straightening your legs. Find length through the spine as you inhale and exhale as the head moves slowly toward the feet. This is a killer hamstring stretch that will leave you feeling loose and limber all day.
Now to top off these morning yoga poses to start your day, get in a standing position and widen you leg stance to about a leg's length (3 ½ feet). Now turn your right foot out to the side so that the heel is aligned with the center of your left foot. Make your arms perpendicular to the ground and reach out to the right side; all while keeping both legs straight and thighs engaged. Pivot the arms so they are in one line, opening the chest and torso. When comfortable and balanced, look toward the top thumb and hold. You’ll be amazed how much of a difference just 20 minutes of proper stretching can have on you mind and body throughout the day. It gets you off on the right foot, stretches the essential muscles, and gets your blood flowing. Have a little more time on your hands in the morning or interested in taking these poses a bit further? Check out our paddleboard yoga tours offered all season long in pristine San Diego. Our trained guides will walk you through basic to advanced yoga poses while touring beautiful Mission Bay.