A Body-Sculpting Morning Yoga Routine

Practicing yoga benefits not only your mind but also your body. It is a great way to relieve mental and physical stress, to lose weight, to become flexible, and to tone your body. And the best time for practicing yoga is early in the morning. By practicing Surya Namaskara, or Sun Salutation, you will be able to draw the energy of the sun into your body and will be able to sculpt your body. The different poses involved in Surya Namaskara strengthen your core, arms, glutes, and legs. It is also a form of cardio that raises your heart rate and helps you lose weight. If you follow a morning yoga routine regularly, you will soon be able to get the body you’ve always desired and will be able to flaunt it with pride.

Morning Yoga Routine To Sculpt Your Body

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1. Stand straight with your feet together and your arms by your side.

2. Inhale and in one sweeping motion, raise your arms into the air, press your palms together, and look at your palms.

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3. Exhale and swan dive forward.

4. Inhale, look forward, exhale, and step your right foot back to a lunge.

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5. Place your left foot back and get into a plank position without bending your elbows.

6. Hold the position and keep your hips stable.

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7. Bend your right knee, lower it to the ground, and make it straight, bend your left knee, lower it to the ground, and make it straight. Alternate this movement between your legs for a total of 8 counts each.

8. Bend your elbows, lower your chest, inhale, and get into the upward-facing dog pose.

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9. Exhale, get into the downward facing dog pose, inhale through the nose, and exhale out through the nose.

10. Inhale and place your right foot forward to a lunge, exhale and step your right foot forward, and fold into your legs.

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11. Inhale and swan dive up, press your palms over your head, exhale, and bring your palms to your sides.

12. Get into a plank position by following steps 1 to 6 but place your left foot back first. Bend both your knees simultaneously and make them straight again. Do this movement for a total of 10 counts. Get back up by following steps 8 to 11.

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13. Get into the plank position again by following steps 1 to 6. Hop and place your right foot forward into a lunge position. Hop and switch legs. Alternate between legs for a total of 8 counts each and get back up by following steps 8 to 11.

14. Get into a plank position by following steps 1 to 6 but place your left foot back first. Hop and step your right foot forward but outside your arms this time. Hop and switch legs. Alternate between legs for a total of 8 counts each and get back up by following steps 8 to 11.

15. Get into a plank position by following steps 1 to 6. Place the weight of your body on your left arm, raise your right arm over your head, and hold the side plank position. Bring your right arm down and raise your left arm over your head. Alternate between arms for a total of 8 counts each. Get back up by following steps 8 to 11.

If you are new to yoga, take it slow at first. The different poses involved require a lot of flexibility and straining your body excessively will lead to injuries. You need to take it one step at a time and soon you will be able to perform the difficult asanas with ease. If you already have an injury, make sure to consult your doctor first or you can take the help of a yoga guru, who will be able to guide you well. Yoga is about discipline and spirituality. There is no need to rush. You should know your body well and what you are capable of. Only then will you be able to enjoy the benefits of yoga in the long run.