Imagine this. You wake up in the morning on the “right-side-of-the-bed” and you have endless energy as you begin your day. That’s the dream, right? Now, back to reality. We all know that this hardly happens, but we have a fix for you. Try this simple yoga sequence for a quick morning boost. 

Chair Pose

If you are a dedicated yogi, you may have heard this pose called “fierce pose.” The name truly implies this energizing pose.

Step 1: Take a deep breath in

Step 2: Put your feet together or hips with the part, on the floor or mat

Step 3: Exhale as you bend your knees, bringing your thighs parallel to the floor 

Step 4: Draw back your shoulder blades and reach your elbows back towards your ears

Step 5: Hold this pose for 30 seconds

Benefits: This pose warms up the body, creating a buildup of energy. It also focuses on training and strengthening the thighs, butt, hips and back.

Downward Facing Dog

Beginners and experts alike have all heard of and are familiar with the downward facing dog. This may be of the most well known posture in all of yoga, and for good reason.  The benefits of the posture are endless.

Step 1: Take a deep breath in

Step 2: Start on your hands and knees. Alight your wrists underneath your shoulders and knees directly under your hips

Step 3: Stretch your elbows back 

Step 4: Exhale as your tuck your toes and lift your knees off the floor. If you were to visualize this, your body would look like a 90-degree angle with your hands on the floor, your butt in the air, and your feet on the ground

Step 5: Hold this pose for 30 seconds

Benefits: This pose is one of yoga’s most rejuvenating poses. It wakes up your body, changes your sense, and deeply stretches your back and legs. It is also known to increase the blood flow to the brain to calm the nervous system and release stress. 

Wide Leg Forward Fold

This posture is great for lengthening the spine, stretching your hamstrings, and waking your body up from (hopefully) 8 hours of slumber.  Here we go:

 Step 1: Take a deep breath in

Step 2: Standing in the center of your mat or on the floor

Step 3: Stretch your arms straight out to your sides and widen your stance until your ankles are directly underneath your wrists. Take a LARGE step

Step 4: Straighten your legs and engage your thighs

Step 5: Exhale and lean your upper body forward

Step 6: As you lower your upper body, lower your hands to bring your fingers to the mat

Step 7: Move your weight slightly forward into the balls of your feet

Step 8: Hold this pose for 30 seconds

Benefits: This posture will challenge you in your stretching.  It will help to elongate your hamstrings, calves, hips, lower back, spine, wrists and forearms. 

Nikki Powers