I am not a morning person. I’m a bit of a zombie and I like to come alive slowly. Sipping my cup of coffee and browsing through whatever book I’m reading. I had a friend who took up a 30 day yoga in the morning challenge, and she’s been raving about it. I’m not sure I’m ready to jump into that kind of commitment, but these 3 Yoga Stretches To Wake You Up, courtesy of the Prevention website seem more my speed.
3 Yoga Stretches To Wake You Up
Unless you’re one of those cheery morning people who hop out of bed with the sunrise, getting up is tough. Research even finds that heart attacks are more common at this time of day, partly because of the demands of shifting from groggy to full-speed-ahead.
“We stifle our natural tendency to stretch and yawn because the alarm goes off and reminds us we have an agenda,” says J. J. Gormley, founder and director of the Sun & Moon Yoga Studios in Arlington, VA, who designed this morning yoga routine to help you relax, focus, and get energized.
To begin, slowly inhale and exhale for a minute or two. Then breathe and relax in the yoga poses—don’t push yourself. Hold each stretch for two full breaths. If you don’t have 20 minutes in the morning to do the entire routine, do postures 1, 3, and 5 one day, and 2, 4, and 6 the next.
Sitting cross-legged, press your sit (derriere) bones into the floor and lengthen your spine, reaching up with the crown of your head. (If this is uncomfortable, sit on a firm pillow or folded blankets, or extend one leg.) Keep both sit bones on the floor while you do this stretch. (a) Place your left hand on your right knee, inhale, and lengthen your spine. Then exhale and twist to the right. Breathe, return to center, switch sides, and repeat.
From all fours, (a) press your hands and fingers into the floor, tuck your toes, and (b) lift your hips up and back. Keeping both knees bent, breathe and “wag your tail” (not shown). Then bring one heel toward the floor, straightening that leg behind you (not shown). Breathe; then bend that knee and straighten the other leg.
From the Lunge, lift your hips up toward the ceiling, sliding your hands back a little and letting your front leg straighten as much as possible. Next, press your back heel toward the floor, allowing your toes to angle out slightly. Keeping your legs as straight as possible, with hips reaching up toward the ceiling, relax your upper body down over your front leg. Breathe; then switch sides and repeat
These look easy enough they make me want to dig up my old yoga mat and try them. What is your morning routine like? How do you get going?