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A 10-Minute Morning Yoga Routine to Jump-Start Your Day

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An energising morning yoga practice works as a natural stimulant to set you up for a productive day. It helps you to warm up and recharge yourself. Yoga poses involve back bending and stretching that bring an energetic openness to your body, preparing you for action. Take 10 minutes every morning to practice, and you’ll start your day full of life. Here are 5 yoga poses that you can do easily within 10 minutes every morning.

The Cat-Cow Pose

Come onto your hands and knees. Stack your shoulders over your wrists and your hips over your knees. Start to move your spine in a rhythmic motion. 

Every time you inhale, arch your back and lift your sitting bones and chest like a Cow. As you exhale, round your back and tuck your chin and pelvis like a Cat.

The Table Top Variation

Lift your belly in towards your spine. Extend your right leg and left arm. Bend your right leg and hold it with your left hand. Kick your foot into your hand as you start to twist and open your chest into a backbend. While doing this gaze up. 

This pose generates heat, challenges your balance, and gently warms up your spine. Repeat it on the other side.

The Side Plank Pose

Un-flip the dog pose and roll your heels to the right. Shift your weight to your right hand and to the outer edge of your right foot. Stack your left foot on top of your right foot.

Fire up your thigh muscles, press your feet and hand down as you lift your hips. Extend your left arm towards the ceiling. Return to the downward dog pose and repeat it on the left.

The Flip Dog Pose

From a downward dog pose, lift your right arm and leg and pivot on your left foot. Spin your hips and torso open to the ceiling, and lower your right foot down to the inside of your left foot.

Reach your right arm towards a wall behind you and keep your feet parallel to each other, pressing firmly into the floor. Return to the downward dog pose and do the same on the other side.

The Knee-to-Nose Pose

From a downward dog pose, lift your right leg up high behind you. Round your spine as you draw your knee to your chest. Keep your pelvis low and round your upper spine towards the sky.

Hug your right thigh to your chest and knee to your nose and keep pressing the floor with your hands. Return to the downward dog pose and repeat with the left leg.

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