The first obstacle is always the most difficult to overcome. In the case of creating a regular yoga practise, the first obstacle is finding time to practise. It also doesn’t help that we have to set the correct attitude, dress in a certain way, and roll out the yoga mat before we can start our yoga practise. If you have a busy morning ahead of you and you’re running late (which, let’s face it, we nearly always are), the prospect of taking so many steps before you can get into the perfect positions to calm your body and mind might be exhausting. What if we told you that you could begin your yoga practise as soon as you wake up – and that you didn’t even have to leave your bed?

Yes, even if you’re fatigued from not getting enough sleep, there are certain simple yoga positions that will stretch your body and revive you.

Savasana (Corpse Pose)

The corpse posture, also known as savasana, is the first pose to try. We get that dressing up as a corpse early in the morning sounds a little gruesome. However, with the hectic schedules we have, our minds tend to be ‘on’ 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So, to nap off the incessant prioritising in your head, place your hands softly on the sides of your body, keep your legs slightly spread and relaxed, and begin to deepen your breathing.

Your nervous system will slow down, your blood pressure will drop, and you will be free of headaches and stress if you can focus on your breath. But don’t fall back asleep; instead, concentrate on your breathing.

Paschimottanasana (Seated-Forward Bend)

Try this asana every morning if you have an office job that demands you to sit in one spot for long periods of time. It’s a seated forward bend in which you stretch both legs out together, then raise your hands together and slowly bend forward until your hand fingers can touch your toes. It’s fine if your hands don’t reach your toes. Simply stretch as much as you can, and your lower back will thank you. This stance also aids in the reduction of abdominal fat, so it’s a win-win situation. Apart from that, it helps to reduce irritability, anxiety, and constipation.

Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Butterfly Pose)

This simple pose entails joining the soles of your feet while lying down and then separating your knees. If you can do some deep breathing while in this position, it will be a great lower back pain reliever and hip opener. It also relaxes you.

Viparita karani (Leg Up The Wall)

Last but not least, there’s the leg up the wall posture, which you can also accomplish by just lifting your hips and extending your legs. Backaches are relieved, and your tired legs are relieved. It also relaxes and soothes the psyche.