Practising yoga can improve your flexibility and postūre, strengthen your muscles and help maintain perfect body weight. It also helps in relieving stress and anxiety, benefitting your mental health.
Here is a 10-minute yoga routine, including some of the best and easiest postures to boost your mood and health every morning.
1. Mountain pose
Mountain pose, commonly known as Tadasana is a great posture to start your routine. Ground your feet and press evenly through all four corners of each foot.
Now stretch your arms towards the floor and stand straight. Draw your abdominals in and up. Hold your breath for five to eight times to focus better.
2. Urdhva Hastasana
Lift your arms up overhead and press your palms firmly together. Keep the tops of your shoulders released away from your ears. Keep the abdominals engaged and the legs firm.
3. Warrior I
Turn your right foot out 90 degrees and pivot your left foot inwards at a 45-degree angle. Lift your arms up as you did during Urdhva Hastasana. Breathe for a couple of times.
4. Warrior II
From the Warrior I pose, open your arms, hips and waist to the side and gaze forward on your right hand. Your back toes can open up a bit more than seventy-five degrees now. Draw your abs in and keep the torso even between the legs. Stay for 3-4 breaths.
Straighten the front leg, lean forward placing the hand on your knee and lift your second arm up. Focus and breathe.
6. Side angle
Re-bend your front knee at 90 degrees and place the outer right forearm on the upper right thigh. Extend the second arm overhead and lengthen from the outer edge of the left foot all the way through the left fingers.
7. Downward facing dog pose
Place your hands forward an inch or two, curl your toes underneath and lift your hips up. Ground down all your fingers and stay for 3-5 breaths.
8. Cow pose
Stay grounded through your hands and broaden your shoulders. Lower your belly and lift your chest. Gaze to look forward up and hollow out your lower back. Take deep breaths.
9. Cat pose
Staying in the cow pose, just lift your back up and round. Drop your head and tuck your chin to chest, hugging your belly toward spine.
10. Child’s pose
Kneel, then take your knees wide and big toes to touch. Place your hands forward and rest your forehand on the ground. Look down and practice deep breaths.