Morning Yoga Routine

9 Ways to Boost Your Morning Yoga Routine

Published on May 18, 2021

We’ve all woken up on the wrong side of the bed. Getting too little sleep and burning your tongue on your morning coffee can quickly snowball into a terrible day. A morning yoga practice provides the tools to start the day on the right side of the bed and carry that happy feeling within us as the day continues. Yet yoga contains a vast array of practices beyond poses that can boost your ability to set a positive tone for the day. We’ve rounded up nine practices to further feel more grounded, balanced, inspired, calmer, and happier for the rest of your day.

How to expand and elevate your morning yoga routine

To get the most out of your morning routine, check out the following nine practices. These will assist you to shift out of a stressful work mode and into a calmer, more peaceful, and happier place. Adding these to your morning yoga routine creates a solid foundation for the rest of your day, giving you the energy, focus and enthusiasm to be more productive, happy and mindful.

These simple techniques and morning yoga practices will not only start your day off with a smile—they will also increase your overall happiness, vitality and wellbeing. While most of these are easy to learn, you may wish to consult with an experienced yoga instructor to explore further.

1. Meditate

Meditation is key to long-term happiness and inner peace. It can actually permanently change your brain. A meditation practice boosts happiness by increasing positive emotion and decreasing depression, anxiety, and stress. A study by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that loving-kindness meditation increased positive emotions over time. I think of loving-kindness meditation as wishing yourself and others well, then extending this well-being to all beings.

2. Visualization

Visualization helps you replace negative thoughts with positive ones. If you can begin your day visualizing a future happy event, you’ll get an added boost of happiness through anticipation. So, start your day in your happy place. Begin by closing your eyes and picturing yourself in your favorite place or doing something that you’re looking forward to. Imagine how it feels, smells, and what it sounds like. Let yourself be transported to this safe space.

3. Gratitude

How you feel in the morning can affect your entire day. Get your day going with gratitude because grateful people are happy people. During your yoga practice, think or even say what you are grateful for. Some days, I like to simply begin with, “I am grateful for this body. I am grateful for this yoga practice.” Returning to your grateful thoughts in your practice will help you be grateful and happy throughout your day.

4. Kapalabhati

Kapalabhati or breath of fire is perfect for the morning because it is warming and energizing for the body and brain. Kapalabhati is an invigorating breath that can help shake off negative emotions and clear out negative thoughts. It is characterized by quick short exhales and passive inhalations. Add 1-3 short rounds at the start of your practice to help you wake up. Advanced yogis can add breath retention and bandhas to further intensify this breathing exercise.

Morning Yoga Practice5. Add power poses

A morning boost in confidence and self-esteem increases your happiness throughout the day. You are more likely to feel good about life if you feel good about yourself. Power poses are asanas that energize and make you feel strong, confident, and ready to tackle the day. Get on your mat and practice the poses that make you feel like a rock star. Try some standing yoga poses for strength and an energetic uplift. Add several of the warrior poses to boost your willpower and focus to conquer any obstacles in your day. Chest opening backbends will also improve your posture and cultivate compassion and courage.

6. Embrace Challenge

Knowing how to handle challenges can boost your happiness by showing you that the worst-case scenario is often not as bad as you thought. When you face challenging poses on your mat, you’ll begin to see them as not so bad and may even learn to feel calm amidst the challenge. Add advanced yoga poses you aren’t fond of to your morning practice. Pick the pose you like the least, the one that makes you tense and maybe even stressed. Practice it, breath and even smile through it, and feel better able to handle what the day throws at you.

7. Set clear achievable goals

Mastering skills and reaching our goals gives us a long-term happiness boost. When we look back on an accomplishment, we feel happy, empowered, and strong. Create a ritual of setting intentions and goals on a regular basis. Use your asana, pranayama, and meditation practice to build your skills and reap the long-term benefits. Pick a pose or technique you are learning and practice it every day. You may even enjoy keeping track of your progress.

8. Smile

Smiling makes you feel good and helps you recover from stress. Even if you aren’t feeling happy, smiling can increase happiness. So, strike an asana pose and smile. It’s probably best to start with a pose you like or even one of your power poses but eventually try this even in the challenging poses.

9. Eat mindfully

Eating breakfast puts you in a better mood. But, eating mindfully increases your happiness even more. Appreciating your food before you dig in builds anticipation, which also increases happiness and even makes your food taste better. So, take your practice off the yoga mat with breakfast.

How to incorporate practices into your morning routine

  • Don’t take on too much right away—start with exploring and adding just one or two practices.
  • Practice each one separately to gauge its effects and understand the technique.
  • Pick the ones that resonate strongest with you to try first.
  • Take a playful, creative and explorative approach to integrate these into your yoga routine.
  • Take time to integrate and reflect to further refine your morning routine.

Morning yoga is one of the best ways to start the day and one of the easiest ways to reach your best physical and mental performance. A daily yoga practice that incorporates one or more of the above ideas will have the strongest effect on boosting inner-peace, emotional balance and happiness. The more time you spend on your yoga mat in the morning, the more benefits of yoga you will receive. Leave a comment below to let us know which you tried, how they felt, and what other yoga practices boost your morning yoga flow.

Share with


Our Latest

Yoga Articles
  • Benefits of Chanting Om

    9 Powerful Benefits of Chanting the Om Mantra

  • gratitude breathing exercise

    Elevate Your Spirit With a Gratitude Breathwork Practice

  • Hot Yoga at Home

    Can You Practice Hot Yoga at Home?

  • Saying Thank You to a Yoga Teacher

    12 Ways to Say Thank You to a Yoga Teacher

  • Yoga for Thanksgiving

    Yoga for Thanksgiving: 10 Asanas for Gratitude

  • Siddhis

    Siddhis: Definition, Types, Tips and Dangers

  • Spiritual Health and Wellness

    12 Yogic Ways to Cultivate Spiritual Health and Wellness

  • Bhakti Yoga

    Bhakti Yoga: the Yoga of Devotion

Remove Ads with a

Premium Membership

Viewing ads supports YogaBasics, which allows us to continue bringing you quality yoga content. Sign up for a premium membership to remove all ads and enjoy uninterrupted access to the best yoga resources on the web.

Explore More

Yoga TipsAdviceArticlesPracticesBasicsTechniques

  • safety in sun salutations

    Keeping Your Shoulders Safe in Sun Salutations

  • teaching yoga at festival

    How to Choose a Yoga Teacher Training Program

  • Meditation for Inner Strength and Grit

    7 Ways Meditation Cultivates Inner Strength and Grit

  • Beginner Yoga Poses

    The 18 Best Yoga Poses for Beginners

  • yoga breathing pranayama

    Keep Calm and Breathe On: The Science of Pranayama

  • yoga stretching exercise

    Yoga vs. Stretching: What’s the Difference?

  • Traditional inversion pose

    Top Tips and Benefits of Practicing Yoga Inversions

  • Yoga Vitamins

    The Best Yoga Vitamins for Optimum Flexibility

  • Morning Yoga Routine

    9 Ways to Boost Your Morning Yoga Routine

2 responses to “9 Ways to Boost Your Morning Yoga Routine”

  1. Aj Avatar

    Hi, I’m very new to yoga, in fact it’s only my eighth day of it and I’m already in love with it. One thing that has constantly been on my mind is when I watch a yoga instructor on youtube (I find this easier and less embarrassing), she is always using language. I’m wondering if there is a book or website I can visit to learn/understand more about the language of yoga? That way when she says “vinyasa” I know what she’s talking about, and I can understand it with a deeper meaning and more gratitude towards the language. Thanks

  2. Lucas Avatar

    I’ve been practicing yoga for years, and I can’t agree more with the author’s tips! My mornings feel incomplete without my yoga routine.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Hali Plourde-Rogers Avatar
About the author
When she was a kid, Hali took her first yoga class with her grandfather. She remembers feeling taller after the class, as if the practice had literally stretched her out. Years later, she rediscovered yoga through belly dance lessons, and then as its own rewarding practice. While living in a rural area with limited yoga classes and dealing with the loss of her father, she completed her 200-hour teacher training. Many years passed between that first class with her grandfather and completing her teacher training. However, she still finds joy in the discoveries that come with each practice. She teaches vinyasa yoga and hopes to give students the space to grow in their minds, bodies, and souls.
Yoga Basics