I don’t get a lot of sleep, it’s a lot of fun being an insomniac. I’ve tried different ways to wake but 5 hour energies and 3-4 cups of coffee usually made me crash around lunch time. I’d head off to lunch then where I’d come back slightly in a food coma. You see the delicate here? After lunch I still have 5 hours left before I get to clock out and call it a day.
I’ve searched Google over and over and I kept seeing articles about yoga poses in the morning. That gave me a new mission, to find said yoga poses. There was a lot but I focused in on the poses that gave energy and opened up my chest.
I have also found it is better than have a great yoga mat. While doing yoga, it is meant to relax and refresh so sitting on a stiff mat doesn’t sound all that relaxing or refreshing huh? I recommend doing your yoga mat research before purchasing a mat you’ll be using daily.
I have tweaked the routine over time with what really helps me. I love not only the energy I have but also that it takes 10 minutes! I can hardly function when i open my eyes at 5:30am, so 10 minutes i can do!
Come onto your hands and knees, stacking your shoulders over your wrists and your hips over your knees. Begin to move your spine in a rhythmic motion: With every inhalation, arch your back and lift your sitting bones and chest into Cow; with every exhalation, round your back and tuck your chin and pelvis into Cat.
From Downward-Facing Dog Pose, lift your right leg up high behind you, then round your spine as you draw knee to chest. Keep your pelvis low and round your upper spine toward the sky. Hug your right thigh to your chest and knee to your nose. Keep pressing the floor with your hands. Return to Downward Dog and then repeat with the left leg.
Table Top pose
From all fours, lift your belly in toward your spine. Extend your right leg and left arm. Bend your right leg and take hold of your foot with your left hand. Kick your foot into your hand as you begin to twist and open your chest into a backbend. Try gazing up. This pose creates heat, challenges your balance, and gently warms up your spine. Repeat on the other side.
Flip Dog pose
From Downward Dog, lift your right leg and arm and pivot on your left foot. Spin your torso and hips open to the ceiling, and lower your right foot down to the inside of your left foot. Reach your right arm toward the wall behind you. Keep your feet parallel to each other, pressing firmly into the floor. Return to Downward Dog and do Flip Dog on the other side.
Side Plank Pose
Un-flip your Dog and roll your heels to the right. Shift your weight into your right hand and the outer edge of your right foot. Stack your left foot on top of your right. Fire up your thigh muscles; press your feet and hand down as you lift your hips. Extend your left arm to the ceiling. (If this is too intense, you can lower your bottom knee to the floor.) repeat on the left.
These are the poses that work best for me. I like the benefits of each pose, you can find their benefits below.
Benefits of Cat-Cow Pose
Improves posture and balance, strengthens and stretches the spine and neck, stretches the hips, abdomen and back, increases coordination, massages and stimulates organs in the belly, like the kidneys and adrenal glands.
Creates emotional balance, relieves stress and calms the mind.
Benefits of knee to nose pose
It will energize and invigorate the body, and build stamina in the core muscles.
Benefits of table top pose
Opens the chest and shoulders.
Benefits of flip dog pose
Stretches the chest, shoulders and throat
Opens the hips and hip flexors
Stretches and strengthens the back
Energizes the body and mind
Benefits of side Plank Pose
Improves Balance, improves concentration, strengthens arms and wrists, side plank requires you to balance on one arm.