Starting a morning yoga routine will be the exact thing you need to start your day off strong.

If you find yourself groggy and tired in the morning after waking up, a morning yoga routine might be just what you need.

A gentle morning yoga routine will get your body moving and wake your digestive system.

Try this 10 minute morning yoga routine to get your morning started in the perfect way.

Let this time be for you. Don’t let thoughts of everything you have to do today interfere with your practice. This should be a time for reflection and self-care.

To start this morning yoga routine, perform each pose as described.

Child’s Pose

Begin in the tabletop pose.

Shift backward so that your arms are stretched outwards on your mat and your hips are sitting on your Achilles.

If your hips are tight and you can’t sit fully onto your Achilles, use a rolled up towel and place it between your calves and thighs.

Hold the pose for 60 seconds.

 

Cat-cow Pose

From a seated position, come onto hands and knees with wrists directly under shoulders and knees under hips.

With the inhale, lift your head and your tailbone. This is cow pose.

On the exhale, press into the mat, round your back, and tuck your chin. This is cat pose.

Alternate between cat and cow. Go at the pace that feels right for you.

Move between the poses for 60 seconds.

 

Forward Fold

Begin in mountain pose.

On your exhale, hinge your hips and fold forward over thighs so that your belly touches your thighs.

Place hands flat on the ground with palms down.

If your belly cannot reach your thighs, bend your knees so that it can.

Don’t round your back in this pose.

Hold this pose for 30 seconds.

 

Downward facing dog

Starting on hands and knees.

Spread your fingers as wide as possible. Lift your hips to the ceiling straightening your legs. Invite your heels to touch the ground.

Let the tension go from your neck and let your head hang trying to look toward your belly button.

Keep your arms long.

If you need to, bend your knees a bit. With time and practice, you will be able to straighten them fully. If your heels don’t touch the ground, that’s okay too.

Hold the pose for 60 seconds.

 

Warrior I

Begin in standing position. Take a big step forward with your right foot. Bend your right knee so that it is slightly behind your ankle. Do not allow the knee to float past your ankle.

Turn your left foot so that your toes point towards the outside left of your mat. Your foot should be at around a 45-degree angle to the front of the mat.

Keep hips squared to the front of the mat.

On an inhale, extend arms overhead with palms facing each other.

Exhale and relax your shoulders away from ears.

Hold the pose for 30 seconds and then switch sides.

 

Warrior II

Begin in a standing position. Take a large step forward with right foot.

With right knee forward and bent, rotate left foot 90 degrees. Your hips should be facing the long edge of the mat and feet are perpendicular to each other.

Open arms so that they form a straight line that is parallel to the ground. Keep your palms open and facing down.

Gaze forward over the right middle finger.

Hold the pose for 30 seconds and then switch sides.

Upward facing dog

Begin lying face down on your mat.

Bring your hands under your shoulders with elbows pointing behind you.

Press into hands and the tops of your feet to lift your body. Only your hands and the tops of your feet should be touching the ground.

Keep your shoulders relaxed away from your ears and avoid hyperextending your elbows.

Hold the pose for 30 seconds.

 

Seated side bend

Begin in a seated position.

Bend your right knee bringing your foot into your left thigh.

On an inhale, raise your arms straight overhead and on your exhale, bend over your left leg.

Hold the pose for 30 seconds and then switch sides.

 

Seated twist

Begin by sitting with legs stretched out in front of you.

Cross your left leg over your right thigh so that your knee is pointing towards the sky.

Reach behind you while twisting at the waist to the left. You can rest your right hand on your left knee.

Gaze as far behind you as possible to deepen the stretch.

Hold the pose for 30 seconds and then switch sides.

 

Mountain Pose

Begin with feet touching. Let your weight evenly distributed across all corners of your feet.

Find a spot to focus on in front of you that is at eye level.

Roll your shoulders back and let your arms relax and hang at your sides.

Tuck your tailbone and engage your core.

Inhale and exhale on long breaths.

Hold the pose for 60 seconds while you let your mind focus on your breath rather than your daily to-do list.