Do you wake up in the morning feeling tense and groggy, even after getting a good night’s sleep? Do you wake up feeling sluggish, and carrying that sluggishness well into your day even after your morning coffee? Well if you’ve got five minutes before you hop in the shower (read: because you can totally clear up five minutes before you hop in the shower), you may want to try out this quick yoga/stretch sequence that will infuse your day with energy and positivity – even before it’s actually started.
1. Mountain Pose: Begin standing tall at the foot of your mat with your arms at your sides and your palms facing forward and feet hip width apart. Take a big deep breath in through your nose and audibly breathe out through your mouth.
2. Squat: From mountain, bring your arms straight overhead, then squat down low bringing your butt as close to the back of your calves as possible while keeping your arms overhead.
3. Walk Out to Plank: From this position, lean forward and place your arms on the ground in front of you. Crawl your arms forward so that your body is positioned in a yoga plank.
4. Downward Dog: From the yoga plank, raise your hips high and send your weight back onto your feet so you make a high “V”. Pedal your feet a few times, then send yourself back into your plank.
5. Runner’s Lunge: From the plank position, step your left foot up in between your hands while keeping your hands on the ground.
6. Low Lunge: Carefully lift your arms overhead while maintaining a lunge position. Return back to your yoga plank and repeat with your right leg.
7. Baby Cobra: From your yoga plank, carefully lower your body to the ground, keeping your hands close to your sides at chest level. From here, push your chest off the ground so that you can look forward. Be careful not to fully extend your arms.
8. Walk Up: After lowering your chest back down to the ground, push your body off the ground and walk your hands back to your feet to enter the bottom of a squat.
9. Mountain Pose: From your low squat, raise your arms overhead and come back up to standing. Lower your arms to your sides with your palms facing outward and take a deep breath.
Repeat this sequence 5 to 10 times depending how much time you’ve got, and there you have yourself a sun salutation sequence that will give you energy and invigoration throughout your day.