A Simple Morning Sequence To Open Your Heart
No matter how much joy we try to find in our lives, no matter how present we are in as many moments as possible, sometimes it’s just, well, hard to get out of bed in the morning.
The next time you have that five-more-minutes mantra going through your mind, think about opening your heart. What better reason to get out of bed than to connect your feet to the earth and your heart to the sky?
Urdhva Hastasana (Standing Salute) variation
Swing your legs out of bed and plant them firmly on the floor. Take a moment to feel all four corners of your feet, then stand, inhaling and raising the arms to the sky. Place one hand on your heart and, as you exhale, twist to one side. Inhale, come back to center. Exhale, twist to the other side. Keep the belly strong, navel drawn up and in and tailbone descending. Repeat as many times as you like.
Anjaneyasana (High Lunge) variation
Utthan Pristhasana (Lizard) variation
Vasisthasana (Side Plank) variation
Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog) variation
After repeating Vasisthasana on both sides, from the low lunge, step back into Adho Mukha Svanasana. Inhale and extend the right leg to the sky. Let the knee bend, open up the hip. Try to gaze out from under the right arm. Breathe here. Feel the expansion in the body. On an inhale, lift the foot back up toward the ceiling, exhale, place it down. Switch sides.
End your practice in the counter pose of your choice: Balasana (Child’s Pose) or Savasana (Corpse Pose). Then, go on with your day, heart open and wide awake.