I find as we age, our bodies begin to show signs of wear and tear. We can easily pull a muscle bending down to pick up something, especially first thing in the morning.
One way to combat the aging process is to maintain a regular stretching regime. Our bodies LOVE to stretch and it is the best and most natural activity to do when we first get up in the mornings.
Stretching warms up and activates our muscles getting us ready for the day. A muscle that is regularly stretched will be less likely to strain or “pull.”
A sun salutation practice is a group of Yoga exercises that incorporates a stretch of every muscle in the body.
One of the exercises I do in my “sun salutation,” or morning ritual, is the Warrior Pose. It not only strengthens the arms and hips, but also stretches the groin and legs and can help reduce backache.
- From a standing position, inhale and exhale as you step your feet 3 feet apart or further if comfortable. You know your body best and what is comfortable for you. Do not overstretch!!!
- Inhale and float your arms out to the side at shoulder height. Turn your right foot out to point ahead and your back foot in at a 45 degree angle. Turn your head to look out over your fingertips and front foot.
3. Exhale and bend your right knee until your thigh runs horizontal to the floor (or as near to horizontal as it can get and don’t be too ambitious at first). Turn your head to look out over your fingertips and front foot. Extend out through your arms and slide your shoulders down to create space between your head and neck area.
Alignment is important. (See photo) Shoulders over hips, front knee over second toe and ankle, arms at shoulder height, heels in line.
N.B. If you find it hard to balance, practise against a wall, This will also assist you in maintaining the correct alignment.
4. Lift your torso up to open your chest and improve respiratory capacity. Inhale and exhale slowly for 5 breaths.
5. Exhale completely before inhaling and straightening the bent leg. Keeping your knees soft, turn both feet back to centre.
Repeat on the other side.
A great way to start the day. I have been starting my day this way for 30 years now!
Something to Ponder About.