As we ease into autumn after the heat of summer, our bodies need a gentle recalibration. Chillier mornings and cooler nights mean a warming yoga practice can help boost the immune system and keep everything moving through our energy systems.
Starting your yoga practice with a strong top to toe warm-up and then three rounds of sun salutations (surya namaskar) can be a really good way to kickstart the body.
And if you really can’t bear to get out of bed, we always give our retreat clients some handy tops to bring your yoga practice into your everyday life. We appreciate not everyone has the time (or OK, discipline!) to spend to dedicate to a full morning practice, shere are some cheats… we mean tips!
1. When you first wake up, you can begin your yoga practice lying in your bed!
* Start to stretch from your fingers to your toes and stretch out one side and then the other
* Bring your knees up to your chest and squeeze them in, rolling and massaging your lower back.
* Bring your arms up to 90 degrees and on an exhale drop both knees to your right hand side, allowing your back to rest and ease into the twist. Inhale back to centre and repeat to the left.
2. From next to your bed…
* Before you even stand, just sit on the edge of your bed allowing your spine to hang between your legs. Ground your feet and parallel them. Roll up vertebrae by vertebrae as if you are re-stacking and realigning your spine. Keep rooted through your feet, your knees soft and shoulders, neck and head come up last.
3. While the kettle is boiling…
* Use the kitchen surface to stretch through your spine, your hips at 90 degrees and grounding through your feet.
* Reach for the tea bags* by stretching up through the side of your body and repeat on the other side.
* Try a hot water and lemon rather than tea for an extra organ boost in the morning.
4. Just before you get in the shower…
* Take five rounds of sun salutations to warm your whole body from the inside out.
See how great your feel after just one week and challenge yourself to find new ways to bring yoga asanas into your life – even if you haven’t got time to get on the mat!