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Good Morning, Yoga

Start your day off with these seven yoga stretches.

Maybe you crawl out of bed or maybe you jump, but however you start your day, part of your morning routine should include a few full-body stretches. After a night’s rest, your muscles lose tone and begin to tighten up. Stretching helps loosen your muscles and increases their range of motion to prepare for the day.

Start your day off right and set aside a few minutes each morning for these seven simple yoga stretches.

#1: Chair Pose

While standing, inhale and raise your arms in front of you until they’re perpendicular to the ground, keeping your arms straight with your palms facing inward. Exhale and bend your knees. If you have the strength, lower until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Then lean your torso slightly forward so that your torso makes a 90-degree angle with your thighs. Hold this pose for at least 30 seconds. Straighten your legs, exhale, and lower your arms down to your sides.

#2: Downward Facing Dog

Dogs start their day with a stretch similar to this pose. Get on the floor on your hands and knees. Lift your knees off the floor, keep your arms straight, and raise your backside toward the sky until you can press your heels toward or into the floor. When in the proper position, your body should form an upside down V-shape. Hold this position for at least 30 seconds.

#3: Seated Twist

Relieve muscle tension with the seated twist. Sit on the floor with your legs straight in front of you. From this position, bend your right knee and bring your right foot over your left leg, placing your right foot on the floor next to your left thigh. Press your left elbow on the outside of your right knee and twist your upper body to the right. Hold for a few seconds, and then switch legs and twist to the left.

#4: Child’s Pose

Kneel on the floor, sitting on your feet. Lower your upper body toward the floor in front on you until your chest rests on your thighs and your forehead touches the floor. Rest your arms by your sides so your hands are by your feet.

#5: Warrior One

Stand up straight and place your left foot three to four feet behind you. Bend your right knee and lower your body so you’re in a lunge position. Turn your left foot outward and lift your arms above your head, reach toward the sky with your palms facing inward, and look up. Hold this pose for at least 30 seconds and then switch leg positions.

#6: Cat/Cow Pose

Get on all fours with your hands below your shoulders and your knees below your hips. Inhale and arch your back to the sky, lowering your head and tucking your chin under. This is the cat’s pose. Now, exhale, lower your belly toward the floor, lift your head, and look up. This is a cow’s pose. Repeat several times.

#7: Triangle Pose

A final Yoga stretch to include in your morning routine is the triangle pose. Stand with your feet four to five feet apart. From here, turn your right foot out to the side at 90 degrees. Raise your arms to either side at shoulder height, palms facing down. Exhale and reach your right hand down toward your right foot. Reach your left hand toward the sky. Turn your head and look up at your left hand. Hold for at least 30 seconds and then switch sides.