Energize your day with this morning yoga sequence.
Try these 8 energizing yoga moves you can do in bed!
Do you want to get out of bed every day feeling energized and ready to go? You don’t need to reach for the coffee or energy drink. Instead, start your morning with yoga before your feet even hit the floor. Yoga is a powerful way to feel rejuvenated and calm, and set a grounded tone for whatever you have planned in your day. Try these eight energizing poses as soon as you wake up, and see how your entire day is changed for the better!
By Sophie Jaffe
1. Wide-Legged Child Pose
From a kneeling position, lower your bottom down and between your feet. Then extend your torso and arms out in front of you between your thighs. Allow your forehead to rest on the bed. Breathe and hold the pose for 30 seconds to a minute.
2. Cat Pose to Cow Pose
Start with your hands and knees on the bed, and make sure your wrists are in line with your shoulders and your knees are under your hips. Inhale, then exhale as you gently round your spine up into Cat while keeping your abdominals engaged and allowing your chin to drop to your chest. Inhale, and then exhale into Cow by arching your back, lifting your head up and letting your belly relax. Flow back up into Cat and repeat, warming up your spine.
3. Seated Forward Fold
From a seated position, extend your legs in front of you and flex your feet. Lift your arms up and then reach for your feet or ankles, making sure to remove any curvature from your spine. Breathe and continue to bend forward, maintaining relaxed shoulders and a flat back. Hold for 30 seconds to a minute.
4. Supine Spinal Twist
Lying on your back, bring your right knee into your chest and gently lower it over the left side of your body. Draw your right arm (and your gaze) out to your right side and place your left hand on your right knee. Hold for five to 10 breaths and then repeat on the opposite side.
5. Fish Pose
Begin lying on your back with your legs together and your arms close to your body. Bend your elbows in and lift your palms up to the sky with your fingers pointing up. Exhale, push into your elbows, lift your chest to the sky and place the crown of your head down onto the ground. Keep your legs active, and squeeze your shoulder blades on your exhalations. Continue to breathe, expanding your chest, for 30 seconds.
6. Happy Baby Pose
Lying on your back, bring your knees into your chest and gently take hold of the edges of your feet. As you release into your hips, allow your lower back to spread onto the bed, ensuring your ankles are stacked over your knees. Try to touch the tip of your tailbone to the bed. Breathe and hold for one minute.
7. Pigeon Pose
From a low lunge with the right leg forward, extend the left leg back with the top of your foot flat, and then bend the right leg, squaring your hips. Lengthen the spine and exhale, folding forward over the front of the leg with your arms, chest and head. Breathe for one minute to three minutes and repeat on the other side.
8. Seated Pose
Sit on your sit bones with your legs crossed and feet relaxed. Lift your spine straight to the sky and allow your hands to rest on your knees with the palms facing down. Practice breathing, and savor the peace and tranquility of the moment.
All images courtesy of Sophie Jaffe.