Five Yoga Poses to Energize Your Day

Rise and shine! Gently warm up your body and quiet your mind with this simple series of strengthening and stretching yoga poses.

There’s nothing like feeling energized in the morning and starting your day on a high note. Try these five yoga poses for an extra boost in the AM.

 1. CAT COW

Start from all fours. Stack your shoulders over your wrists and hips over your knees.

On your inhale, pull your heart forward and look forward as you lift your tailbone.

On your exhale, drop your head and lift the middle of your back to the sky.

Repeat for five cycles of breath.

 2. TABLE TOP CRUNCHES

Start from all fours.

On your inhale, extend your right leg back and reach your left arm forward. Flex your right foot and squeeze your lifted leg and belly strong.

On your exhale, bring your knee and elbow together to touch. Extend your limbs and repeat up to 10 times.

Switch sides.

 3. KNEE TO TRICEP

Start from high plank position.

On your inhale, lift your right foot a few inches off the mat.

On your exhale, pull your right knee to your right triceps. Pause for one cycle of breath. Extend the leg back and set your foot down.

Switch sides. Repeat, alternating up to 10 times.

 4. LIGHTNING WARRIOR

Start from Downward Facing Dog. Step your right foot forward to Warrior 1.

Bring your hands to your hips, then hinge forward slightly. Firm your belly up and in.

On your inhale, sweep your arms to the sky.

On your exhale, extend your arms long by your sides.

Repeat up to 10 times.

5. STANDING STRETCH

Start from standing. Reach your arms up to the sky. Bring your palms together to touch.

On your inhale, lift up through your ribs, all the way to your fingertips.

On your exhale, begin to trace a line on the ceiling with your fingertips. Squeeze your belly in and press your hips forward to come into a gentle backbend.

Pause for one to three cycles of breath. Release.

Now you’re ready to take on the day.