5 Morning Yoga Poses To Do In Bed
Los Angeles-based certified yoga instructor Laurel Erilane, a teacher on the Yoga Wake Up app, offers a simple sequence you can do in bed to kick-start your morning. She recommends holding the below postures for one to two minutes. That’s less than 10 minutes added to your morning routine.
RECLINED BUTTERFLY (Supta Baddha Konasana)
Lie on your back and place the soles of the feet together, knees wide apart. If the hips are really tight, place pillows underneath your knees for support. Your hands can either be alongside your body, or you can take one hand to your belly and one hand to your heart. This is a gesture of receiving, so it’s a great pose to set a positive intention for your day.
BRIDGE POSE (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
UNIVERSAL TWIST (Shava Udarakarshanasana)
LEGS-UP-THE-WALL (Viparita Karani)
THREAD EYE OF NEEDLE (Sucirandhrasana)
Repeat on the left side. Open shoulders are associated with joy, so the more open they are, the more liberated you will feel in your life.
Among the goals of this sequence, says Erilane, is to start the day in a relaxed, positive inner state that will hopefully keep you focused on a “more productive lifestyle.”
“If you can create a positive environment within yourself, then the world around you will become a lot more pleasant as well,” she says. “Try this new routine for a week and notice how awake you really feel.”
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Photo credit: Ty Merkel, courtesy of Yoga Wake Up