The beginning of any journey is a powerful time to set an intention for what we hope to accomplish ahead. It is the reason we make resolutions in the New Year and why we take an important, and often pivotal, pause at the beginning of yoga class. The start of something is where we create the tone for what we hope to come—and considering this, what could be more important time than the morning of a new day?
While you may have visions of yourself scribbling peacefully in your gratitude journals and sipping tea in soft, white sheets, the reality is that most mornings you’re more likely to be silently cursing your alarm clock and groggily fiddling with the coffee machine before you can even think about sitting down to meditate.
But what if you set an intention for your day simply by moving your body? And what if you didn’t even need to get out of bed to do that?
By taking the time to move gently first thing, you are sending a subconscious message to the universe that self-care is priority for that day. You don’t need a Tibetan Bells soundtrack or a stick of Palo Santo. Simply flowing in your bed for a few minutes right after waking up can have a profound impact on the rest of your day, and this 5-pose sequence will help you do just that.