We all know coffee is a beautiful way to start your day, but sometimes that caffeine filled jolt does more harm than good. If you’re looking for a cleaner way to wake up and get energized, try these four simple yoga moves that you can do from bed!
- Before you sit up, try the Supine Spinal Twist. Bring your right knee up and slowly lower it over your left leg, then rest your right arm above your head. Hold this position for ten breaths and feel the stretch in your lower back. Repeat on the other side.
- To warm up your legs and back, try the Seated Forward Fold. Sit up straight with your legs stretched out in front of you. Slowly bend forward and move your hands closer to your feet. You should be relaxed during this position. Hold the position for five breaths and feel the stretch in the back of your legs.
- If you don’t mind freaking your roommate out a little bit, or if they’ve already left for class, try the Bow Pose to stretch your chest, arms, and legs. To do this pose, lay on your stomach, reach your arms back and grab your outer ankles. Lift your chest toward the ceiling and pull your shoulder blades together. Hold this position for ten breaths.
- Lastly, Child’s Pose is a good way to end your morning yoga. This calming pose begins in a kneeling position. With your knees shoulder width apart, bend at the hips with your arms stretched out over your head. From there, settle into the position until your back and hips feel comfortable, then hold for ten breaths.
These moves should get your blood flowing when you wake up and help you warm up your muscles in preparation for the day. If these moves don’t work, just fall back into shavasana!
Contribution from Olivia Cox, Certified Yoga Instructor.