Wake up your body in bed


It's already Monday! The weekend flew by and now your alarm is going off and it's time to get up and get to work. Don't stress. Before rushing to get dressed, brushing your teeth, and finding your way out the door. Set your alarm about 15 minutes earlier than you normally would and take that extra 15 minutes to do a few yoga poses while you're still laying in bed. Help your body wake up.

1. Lie on your back in Savasana, and come into Supta Badha Konasana (Reclined Butterfly).

Bring your foot soles to touch and allow your knees to fall open to either sides of the bed. You can keep your eyes closed and stretch your fingertips up towards the sky and allow them to gracefully fall behind your head. Take 10 deep breaths here to start waking up the body and the brain.

2. Supine Twist is next. So draw your knees back together, wrap your arms around your shins or thighs and give it a good squeeze. Then allow your knees to fall to the right, your right hand can rest on your knees and left hand reaches to the left. Gaze can go left if that is comfortable for your neck. Take 5 or more deep breaths here and then switch to the other side.

3. Now, it's time to sit up. Paschimottanasana (Forward fold) with both feet in front. Allow this forward fold to be passive and allow your head to be heavy. This helps calm the mind and improves concentration. Then slowly with as much ease as you can, begin to draw yourself back up stacking vertebrae upon vertebrae until you're fully upright. Then open your eyes, roll your head from side to side, and place your feet on the floor and get ready to start your day!