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5 Yoga Poses to Wake You Up

At the crack of dawn, your alarm goes off and all you want to do is bury yourself in blankets. You are not alone! Sometimes waking up in the morning is the hardest part of the day. We challenge you to start your day off a little differently with a series of yoga poses to wake up your body and mind. This sequence enables one pose to flow to the next. After doing this, your morning yoga sequence will be just as important as your morning coffee!

 

Mountain Pose to Side Bend

Inhale your arms to the ceiling, reaching through your fingertips. Exhale as you do a mini back bend. Inhale as you come back to a neutral spine and exhale as you stretch to one side. Repeat on your other side. Be sure to be reaching through your arms the entire time. Repeat as desired.

 

Forward Fold

From Mountain Pose, swan dive down, hinging at your hips. Keep a micro-bend in your knees while hanging from your hips. You can let your arms dangle or grab opposite elbows and sway side to side. Stay here as long as you’d like while taking long, slow breaths.

 

Downward Dog

From Forward Fold, inhale as you place your hands on your shins and come to a flat back. Exhale, plant your palms, and step back to Downward Dog. Feel free to pedal out your heels for a few breaths. Engage your abs with a straight back and legs, lifting your tailbone and pressing your heels down toward your mat. This helps lengthen your spine.

 

Cat and Cow

Come onto your hands and knees (tabletop) from Downward Dog. On an inhale, arch your spine lifting your chest and eyes, and tailbone toward the ceiling. As you exhale, pull your belly in as you round your back upward, tucking your head and tailbone downward. Repeat 10 times.

 

Thread the Needle Pose

On your hands and knees, inhale as you reach your right arm high to the ceiling. Exhale as you slide your right arm underneath your left arm with your right palm racing up. Allow your right shoulder, ear, and cheek to rest on the mat. Keep your left arm reaching and your hips raised. Come out of this pose the same way you came in. Repeat on your left side.


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