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Morning Yoga: 8-Minute Yoga Workout, No Coffee Needed

Skip the Coffee and Jump Right Into This Morning Yoga Routine

Some mornings are definitely harder than others when it comes to waking up. It can be really easy to feel sluggish and groggy as soon as you wake up.

What do most people do to wake themselves up when they have to be up? Coffee. So many people feel as though they have to have that coffee to get them through the day. Personally, I don’t think coffee should be a “go to” drink at any moment. Here are some negative side effects of coffee that’ll hopefully turn you off the stuff for good.

Remember, there are always better alternatives. In this case, yoga may be the best answer.

I know it may not sound like much, but yoga is great for waking your body up in those times when your body just wants to stay in bed all day.

Energizing Morning Yoga Routine

You don’t need coffee to wake you up in the morning.

The following yoga routine will wake you up and probably do it much faster than coffee ever could. Something that is great as well, you won’t have a crash later on. This is what leads you to drink even more coffee. It’s just an endless cycle of coffee and crashing.

Here is the yoga routine that will have you feeling energized and ready to start your day:

  • Bellow’s Breath – 1 minute
  • Cat-Cow Pose – 1 minute
  • Child’s Pose with a Twist (Right) – 1 minute
  • Child’s Pose with a Twist (Left) – 1 minute
  • Plank to Downward Facing Dog – 1 minute
  • Goddess to Star Pose – 1 minute
  • Standing Crescent Moon (Right) – 1 minute
  • Standing Crescent Moon (Left) – 1 minute

Bellow’s Breath

This is going to seem extremely weird at first, but trust me, it’s a great thing to do when you’re first waking up. Bellow’s breath alone could probably wake you up.

You will be forcing air in and out of your lungs at a rapid pace. By going so fast, you are really forcing your body to get rid of any “bad” air that you may have in your body and refill your body with fresh, new air that your body will need.

Cat-Cow Pose

The Cat-Cow pose will start to loosen up your back since I can almost guarantee that it is much stiffer than you initially thought it would be.

After a night’s sleep, you aren’t getting much blood flow so your muscles are going to be stiff.

By rounding your back and bending it, you are starting to create that blood flow that all of your muscles need. The faster you can get your blood flowing, the quicker you are going to actually wake yourself up.

Child’s Pose with a Twist

Even people that don’t practice yoga regularly probably know what child’s pose is.

Adding a twist to both sides is going to really open up your shoulders and back. Twists are great for creating more blood flow in your back.

Be cautious, though, you don’t want to stretch yourself too far this early. If you feel yourself stretching too much, you could easily hurt something. With a lot of these poses, you are putting your back at risk for injury and back injuries are something that is very hard to deal with.

Plank to Downward Facing Dog

This mini-sequence is going to really start engaging other muscles around your body.

Starting in a plank position is going to engage your arms and core. When you move back into a downward facing dog, you will be engaging your quads, hamstrings, calves, and achilles.

To successfully perform this, start in high plank, hold for a few breaths, then rock your body back into the downward facing dog pose and hold that for a few breaths. You don’t want to be sure to get those few breaths every time you are in a position because you want your muscles to be fully engaged, even if it is for a brief period of time.

Goddess to Star Pose

The goddess pose is going to engage the muscles in your leg, then when you move up to a star pose, you are getting more work on your legs with the additional work being put towards your shoulders.

This is similar to a sumo squat, where your legs start in a wide position with your toes facing out. The only real difference between this yoga sequence and a sumo squat is the positioning of your arms.

The way you hold your arms is going to force your shoulders to do a lot of work.

Standing Crescent Moon

The final move you will be doing for this yoga sequence is the crescent moon.

You will need to be elongating your spine and really stretching the sides of your body when you get the pose.

Make sure that you come to the top of the stretch and slowly make your way to one side. Hold the one side for a few breaths then slowly make your way to the other side for a few breaths. The swaying motion will allow your body to be wide awake.

From this point forward, you should feel yourself being up and ready to bounce from wall to wall.

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