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The One Thing You Should Do As Soon As You Wake Up To Boost Your Energy

May 24, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
shefinds | Health

If you wake up in the morning feeling groggy and sluggish, you’re not alone. Most people wake up from a full night’s sleep feeling even more tired than when they went to bed. This can make it extremely hard to get your day started and feel energized to tackle work. *Yawns*

Aside from poring yourself a big cup of coffee (although that is an important step to your morning routine), there are a few ways you can jumpstart your morning and set yourself up for success the rest of the day. Jeannine Morris, Yoga Teacher and Founder of Joyfully-Me.com, shared with us her quick and easy morning hack to feeling more energized–stretching.

“Each morning, I like to do a mini yoga sequence in my living room that allows my body to wake up,” said Morris. “Simply stretching once you get out of bed automatically helps to boost energy for the entire day.’

To start your day off right, here are 5 energy-boosting yoga poses to try:

cat cow yoga pose

1. Cat / Cow Pose

“In yoga, backbends are known as energizing poses and a few rounds of cat / cow will help to stretch out your spine and get any kinks out,” said Morris.

How to do it:

--Come to tabletop position, on all fours (make sure your hands are underneath your shoulders and knees are under your hips)

--Inhale arch your back, flip your tailbone up to the ceiling and gaze up as well

--Exhale round your spine up, tuck your chin in and tailbone under

--Repeat for a few rounds

Note: Allow yourself to do a few rouge cat / cows by circling your head or your hips and moving in a way that feels good for you.

downward facing dog

2. Downward Facing Dog

“This go-to yoga pose is far from basic.  If done correctly, it targets your entire body and helps to stretch out and lengthen your spine, open up your shoulders, hamstrings, and calves.”

How to do it:

--Come to plank position and then lift your hips up and back into downward facing dog

--Externally rotate your shoulders and press into your hands as you lift your tailbone up towards the sky to find length in your spine

--Knit your front ribs in

--Press your heels back and down

--Hold and breathe

cobra

3. Cobra

“This is another backbend that helps to stretch the shoulders, chest, and abs,” said Morris.

How to do it:

--Lay face down on the floor with your hands at your sides underneath your shoulders

--Hugging your elbows into the sides of your body, inhale as you press into your hands to lift your chest up off the floor

--Straighten your arms as much as you can and lengthen through your spine (think of your head as going forward instead of up and back)

--Engage your glutes and thighs to keep your tailbone pressed down

--Hold and breathe

--Exhale are you come back down to the ground and repeat

bridge yoga pose

4. Bridge

“A bridge stretches the neck, spine, chest, and hips.”

How to do it:

--Lay on your back with your knees bent and feet close to your body so that your hands can skim the backs of your ankles

--Allow your arms to rest alongside your body

--Inhale and lift your hips up towards the sky (keeping your knees in alignment over your ankles)

--Roll your shoulders under and clasp your hands under your back

--Press into your upper arms to lift your hips and back even higher

--Engage your gluten and hamstrings and breathe

--Exhale as you lower your hips back down to the ground

--Repeat

spinal twist yoga pose

5. Seated Spinal Twist

“This pose stretches your hips, shoulders, neck, and spine.”

How to do it:

--Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you

--Take your right leg and cross it over your left so it’s bent and the foot lands outside your hip (option to bend the bottom leg in)

--Inhale your right arm up and as you exhale rotate your torso to the left

--Place your left arm behind your body to act as a kickstand

--Hook your right arm around the front of your knee to help enhance the twist even further

--Inhale to lengthen your spine and exhale to twist further

--Repeat the inhale / exhale pattern for a few breaths and switch sides

If you start your day off every morning with a stretch sequence like this, we guarantee you’ll feel more awake and energized to take on the day ahead!

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