If you’re after an extra boost of energy to start your workday, try incorporating this 10-minute yoga workout each morning. This short sequence is designed to balance your body and focus your mind for the working day ahead. Mix it up and start your day the right way!
Kneel and take your knees wide and big toes to touch. Walk your hands forward until your forehand rests gently on the ground. Practice deep inhales and exhales for three to five breaths and let go of distraction.
Rise from child’s pose to tabletop. With your shoulders stacked over wrists and your hips stacked over knees, place equal weight through your hands and knees. Relax your feet and engage your abdominal muscles then lengthen your spine. Gaze in between your hands.
Press into your hands to round your back upwards. Drop your head and tuck your chin to chest, hugging your belly toward spine.
Lower your belly and lift your chest. Stay grounded through your hands as you broaden your shoulders. Lift your gaze to look forward or up, and hollow out your lower back. Drop your shoulders away from ears. Alternate between cat and cow pose two or three more times.
Downward facing dog
Walk your hands forward, curl your toes underneath and lift your hips up into downward facing dog pose. Reach your heels toward the floor (your legs can keep a slight bend). Ground down through your fingers, especially the space between your thumb and first finger, and press through your arms while lifting your hips up and back. Stay for three- five breaths.
Inhale, place hands on your shins and lift your shoulders to be in line with your hips.
As your body forms a right angle, take a breath. Engage your core and open your chest forward. Look down to lengthen the back of your neck, and keep your neck safe.
Exhale to forward fold, and repeat.
Lift your arms up to the sky and stand tall. Keeping equal weight through both of your feet, activate your core and keep your legs strong. Soften your shoulders away from your ears and extend your fingertips up as your palms face one another. Breath for three to five counts, close your eyes and set an intention for your day.
Exhale and stretch to one side of your body, keeping weight equal through both feet.
Return to centre then stretch to the other side. Repeat two more times, for a total of three stretches on each side of your body. Only go far enough to keep your breath easy, and avoiding crunching through either side of your body.