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3 yoga poses to practice before breakfast

Let’s face it, we are all busy. But, no matter how many kids/pets/jobs/projects we have in life, we need to make time for those things that make us feel good and do us good.

Just a few moments practicing yoga each morning could be the difference between starting the day off badly or starting it off really well. So, make the change and start making time for yoga as part of your daily routine.

Before you head downstairs for your morning porridge and berry smoothie, wake your body, mind and soul up with some of these invigorating postures……

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)

If time is a premium in the morning and you really do only have time for one pose to start the day, then make it a Downward Facing Dog.

During sleep your body is more or less laying still for 7-8 hours (this is the dream!), so by practicing Down Dog first thing, you can wake up the whole body in one go, in an instant.

That beautiful stretch through the backs of the legs and hips feels just as incredible in the morning as it does in yoga class, and the flow of blood to your brain will give you mental clarity and focus to get ready for whatever the day has in store.

Virabhadrasana III (Warrior 3)

Forget multivitamins, a few moments in Warrior 3 will fire you up for an energetic and uplifting day ahead.

This posture activates the legs as well as your core and is great for strengthening the whole back side of our body. The balancing aspect of the pose will prepare you for a day of juggling tasks, while staying calm and confident.

Of course, the benefits of Warrior 3 are powerful any time of day but practicing first thing should help you to focus on a positive mental attitude, and arm you with real intention and purpose to fulfil your day in the best way possible.

Utkatasana (Chair Pose)

You either love Chair or you don’t. Luckily, we do!

Chair Pose is a challenging pose and is great to practice first thing in the morning before a challenging day ahead. If, for example, you have an important meeting, an interview, a race, an exam or an event that day, a few moments in Chair could be a much-needed preparation to give you the confidence and strength you need to do your best and succeed.

Utkatasana is a fantastic way to fire up heat in the body and quickly creates an internal energy to really get you going. It activates the muscles in your core and your legs and keeps your shoulders flexible and strong.

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