Ease yourself into the day with this 15 minute early morning yoga sequence, from friend of Thought and yoga teacher, Jo Giles
. If you want to, you can do the first three exercise from your bed.
Jo’s early morning yoga sequence
Lie in bed with your eyes closed. Rub your hands together, then place them over your eyes and slowly bat the eyelids open. This technique is called ‘palming’ and is designed to energise and refresh, using the warmth and energy from your hands.
Hip flexor stretch
Gently bring your right knee up to your chest, give it a squeeze and then relax it down again. Repeat this three times and then swap legs to do the same on the other side.
Lying on your back, bend both knees and bring your feet together. Inhale. Then as you exhale slowly let your knees drop to the right, rotating the hips. At the same time bring your head and arms to the left. Inhale as you bring the knees to centre, then repeat to the other side. Do this three times on each side.
Sitting on the edge of your bed, take three deep breaths, inhaling and exhaling through the nose. Then, on your next inhale, look up. As you exhale, place your right hand on your left knee and turn your head as far as you can to the left, stretching the neck. Inhale back to centre and swap hands. Then exhale and turn the head to the right. Repeat this three times.
Standing with feet hip width apart and using the bed as a guide, engage the muscles in the thighs and gently squat down. Exhale as you lower, keeping arms outstretched at shoulder height to help you balance. Then inhale as you rise up again. Repeat this six times.
Stand up, then gently raise your arms above your head and come onto your toes. Inhale as you reach up and exhale as you lower back down again. Repeat this six times.
Jo Giles x
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