How morning yoga can energize you
With errands to run, family to visit and parties to go to in the coming weeks, in addition to wanting to look your best you’ll need all the oomph you can muster. A great solution? Yoga. Yes, it’s known for its soothing effects, but it can also help tone and energize. So we asked Vancouverite Wade Imre Morissette, the author of Transformative Yoga, to design a routine especially for Best Health readers that will tone muscles and boost energy.
Yoga’s uplifting benefits start with doing gentle back bends, such as Extended Mountain, Upward Dog and Bridge, says Morissette (fact: he’s the twin brother of the iconic pop singer Alanis Morissette). “Extending the spine opens, or stretches, tight chest muscles. When your chest opens up, you breathe more freely to optimally fill your lungs.” This deep breathing fosters mental alertness and physical energy.
Let’s get started
Sequence basics: Aim to do the eight moves in the order given, three times in a row, working up to five times. Move briskly from one pose to the next in order to maximize energy-boosting benefits. Hold poses 1 to 6 for one breath (an inhalation plus exhalation). Hold poses 7 and 8 for 10 breaths each.
Equipment: Go barefoot and use a sticky yoga mat for traction and safety.
Cool down: After completing the entire sequence three to five times, lie quietly on your back-breathing normally and with arms and legs outstretched for three to five minutes.
How often: Practice this morning yoga routine two to three times a week, or when you need an energy kick.