5 Yoga Poses to Practice Daily

It’s difficult to make room in your busy schedule for fitness, let alone an activity like yoga that requires peace and quiet! However, these five quick and easy yoga poses barely take any time at all.

Do them right when you wake up to center and prepare yourself for the day, or do them right before bed to reflect on a long day.

COW STRETCH

This pose is perfect for stretching out your lumbar muscles.

  • Step 1: Begin on all fours on your mat with your hands just under your shoulders and feet under hips. Spread your fingers and tuck your toes to stretch your feet. Center your head in a neutral position with a flat back and soften your gaze downward.

  • Step 2:  Inhale as you drop your belly towards the mat. Lift your chin and chest, and gaze up toward the ceiling. Take a deep breath, and on your exhale, return to starting position.

CAT STRETCH

This pose is similar to Cow Stretch, but this time you get to embrace your inner fierce feline. Step 1: Begin on all fours on your mat with your hands just under your shoulders and feet under hips. Spread your fingers and tuck your toes to stretch your feet. Center your head in a neutral position with a flat back and soften your gaze downward.
Step 2: Inhale as you draw your belly to your spine and round your back toward the ceiling. The pose should look like a cat stretching its back. Release the crown of your head toward the floor, but don’t force your chin to your chest.
Step 3: Take a deep breath, and on your exhale, return to starting position.

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