Many a morning I wake up foggy-headed as the result of therapy, and meds. It’s frustrating, especially for someone who used to be a morning person.
Too many hours feel wasted because my brain and body felt like they felt so long to be in the world.
I’ve never considered myself to be a yoga person – clumsy and inflexible, I thought it wasn’t for me.
In the past few weeks I’ve been integrating some yoga-inspired moves in to my gym stretching routine (my poor hamstrings and quads!) and realised that yep, I can do more than I gave myself credit for.
Realising that a couple of simple poses like downward dog and the child pose are effective ways of managing anxiety when it threatens to get out of control, I thought it warranted further exploration.
Interweb research helped me discover sun salutations, which are a series of simple moves that can be done anywhere, any time. The idea of sun salutations is that they wake up various parts of your body: they get your internal organs working effectively, as well as stretching your muscles and loosening up your limbs and spine.
I try to do about 10 sets of the moves – that’s enough to feel thoroughly woken up, grounded, focused, and better prepared to get on with the day. After going through the moves my heart is beating a little faster than usual – while the moves aren’t challenging in themselves it’s all about getting your body to work. It takes less than 10 minutes, and is time well-spent.
If you’d like to try some sun salutations have a Google – there are loads of guides in the form of picture charts and videos, just find one that suits you best.
I like this one that I found on Pinterest and featuring bunnies, just because it’s cute…
and it fits in well with my next photo, of Oscar looking down at me from the bed while I was doing some sun salutations. It’s like he’s thinking: “You think that’s stretching? HAHAHAHAHAHA you poor human!”. There are times when he’s weaved around my limbs while I’ve been trying to do downward dog – and then showed what stretching really is by sitting next to me and proceeding to clean his bum.
What does your morning routine include?
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