When I make time for Asana, there is a little magic that happens... I start my Surya Namaskara (sun salutation) in a state of total confusion, I am stiff and I want to walk away.
But the first thing I do is Urdhvasana (stretch my arms up) and this gives me hope, then I move into Uttanasana or Hastapadasana, (forward bending), I open and stretch my hamstrings and stretch my spine. When I step back into Eka Padasana (one leg back) I feel my hips and my front hip flexor waking up. When I step back into Dvipadasana (plank) I feel the strength running into my whole body, my arms and shoulder wake up as they have to support me, my abs get more firm.
When I lower down into Sashtanga the lower back is arched to counter balance the first forward bending, and it's a joy. Then I inhale and lift myself up into Bujanghasana (cobra) sucking the belly in, stretching my elbows pushing the shoulder back my whole upper body wakes up. Then Addho Mukka Svanasana (down dog) the full stretch of the legs, knees. The spine is lengthen the arms and shoulder are active alive and strong, the hands are pushing down and weight is distributed on the whole surface of the palm and fingers. When I get here I close my eyes and I think "Now I can relax". At this point I know I am okay.