Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Healthy Spirit: Start your Day with Yoga

I love Yoga with the benefits of clarity, detoxification, and a toned body, but did you know Yoga can bring you peace to your spirit?  In YogaPaws Blog for Beginner Poses and Postures they talk about starting your day with 5 basic moves. 

In the article they mention how the morning can be a great time to fit in Yoga.  All too quickly the days events of work, home, kids, pets, and more have us running from one event to the next.  Take the time for yourself to take deep cleansing breaths and let the stress and worries of the day roll off you.  This is the time to forget about all that is on the calendar and prepare yourself to be the best mentally, physically, and spiritually for your loved ones.

How can five little moves do all that? By helping you open your mind to the healing powers that comes from deep breaths, stretching tight muscles, and releasing the stress and tensions throughout your body.

Yoga can be cleansing and healing.  Your muscles want to stretch, burn, and release stored toxins.  We normally do not take enough cleansing breaths but rather shallow and short.  Breathing deep cleansing breaths while doing yoga clears the mind and lungs of stored chemicals and toxins like carbon-dioxide. 

The Five Moves for a calmer day, read article for full description on how to preform these moves. 
  • "Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I Pose) Benefits: This pose stretches your hip flexors and opens your chest, both of which help you feel released."
  • "Marjaryasana (Cat Pose) Benefits: Often, your back might feel tight first thing in the morning. This gentle stretch releases that tension without stressing your hamstrings."
  • "High Lunge,  Benefits: This pose provides a deep stretch in your hip flexors and the backs of your legs."
  • "Bharadvajasana I (Bharadvaja’s Twist)  Benefits: This gentle twist is perfect for realigning your back after sleeping."
  • "Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose) Benefits: This pose stretches the inner thighs and hips, letting you start the day with a sense of physical freedom."

If a calmer day is not quite enough to help you start Yoga, then maybe the fact that it is anti-Aging will help?
"There are seven basic attributes that characterize someone who’s vibrant and healthy, someone who seems to defy the effects of aging:

  • Supple skin that radiates beauty
  • Strong, shiny hair
  • Well defined muscles and bone structure
  • Boundless energy that lights up a room
  • A light but firm and confident step
  • A positive, well balanced attitude toward life
  • A calm demeanor"

How do you start your morning?  Thinking about Yoga?


  1. I love how relaxing yoga is! I need to try out the yoga paws !

  2. oh how we love yoga - my husband and both do. It keeps the spine young and actually helps you build muscle better. thanks for sharing this!

  3. Yoga feels so good but I had no idea about the detox benefits!

  4. Great post. I've wanted to try yoga for quite some time, but how to start seemed to be a bit confusing. Thanks for the post!

  5. I have zero coordination so I don't think I can do yoga, but I have been wanting to learn for a long time

  6. I love how yoga makes me feel, great post!

    PS: I nominated you for a One Lovely Blog award - http://sageadderley.blogspot.com/2012/06/one-lovely-post.html

  7. I love doing yoga. Thanks for sharing this.
    Danielle @ Royalegacy

  8. I've never tried yoga, but I know a few people who do. I keep thinking I will give it a try.

  9. I love yoga. Tried it once and it was surprising to see how something so calm can make me as sore as it did! I would like to get more into it.

  10. I really need to try yoga to relax and increase my flexibility! The anti-aging effects are quite intriguing!

  11. I just ordered a beginner dvd to try. I had one I reviewed but I am not quite to the pretzel moves yet! Looking forward to the flexibility it will help with.

  12. I use to love yoga :)I should try to get back to doing it.

  13. love me a good yoga workout! My day is so much better when I do yoga!

  14. I use to do yoga but need to get back to it. Thanks for reminding me.