I suck at yoga. I know it's not very yogic to say so, but there's just no other way to put it.
After five seconds in warrior pose, my legs start to wobble and turn to jelly, and I sort of feel like crying. Headstand attempts nearly always end badly, usually with a loud slam to the ground and a lingering fear that I've damaged my back permanently.
The only asanas I excel at are the corpse pose (that's lying down on your back with your eyes closed, if you didn't already know), and the uber-comfy child's pose, which can lull me into a sleepy-kid coma in no time flat.
Still, I plod along with a daily routine intended to keep my muscles supple and my spine limber so I don't end up like a witchy character from a Grimm's fairy tale.
To keep things interesting, I try to incorporate new stretches and poses into my routine from time to time. The latest addition to my morning repertoire is this one, called ustrasana, or "camel pose." It's meant to open the heart and expand the chest area, but I really feel it in my lower back. At first, I could only do it for a few seconds, but now, I almost feel like I could hang out there all day.
What does your morning routine look like? Do you have a favorite yoga pose or other get-up-and-go ritual? I'd love to hear more and borrow your great ideas!
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