With everything we put on our plates, some days seem particularly difficult to wake up with the energy we need to get it all done. On those days we typically rely heavily on coffee, but there may be another way to get a boost: a simple morning yoga routine.
Thinking about squeezing something else into your already jam-packed mornings may seem impossible, but taking that time for yourself can really pay off. According to Kyle Miller and Sian Gordon, founders of L.A.'s Love Yoga studios, there are certain poses that will stimulate your digestion, increase mobility (especially great for those of us who are glued to a desk most of the day), and banish fatigue from both your mind and your body. We can't think of a better way to start each morning.
Kyle and Sian, whose practice blends elements of Taoist theory, sacred geometry, Iyengar, and Vinyasa yoga, came up with this 10-posture routine that's guaranteed to get you going—with or without your daily cup of joe. If you've only got 10 minutes to spare in the morning, you can still fit this in. Or as Kyle explains, you can stretch it out as you like. "We're all about making the practice work for you," she tells us, "If you have the time, use it. If you don't, you can still experience the benefits. Really just dropping in and stimulating the body and mind does the trick."
Stir It Up
"Our all-time favorite technique; it's so simple and so effective. It stirs up your energy, stimulates digestion and awakens an achy lower back like nothing else. Go in both directions and build up to a few minutes." — Kyle
"Squatting is life! Nothing will beat the efficacy of this pose for healthy hips, an embodied lower body, and digestive health." — Kyle
Revolved Janu Sirsasana
"This is a wonderful pose to open up the side ribs, the lung, and the kidney. Send your breath actively into these spots as you inhale. Find a little backbend as you exhale." — Sian
Twisted Upright Squat
"This is a wonderful pose to stimulate the hips and whole lower portion of your body. The twist flushes the liver and opens up the muscles of the back body." — Sian
Revolved Low lunge
"A lunge really allows you to connect to the earth. Use your feet, your legs, and your breath to substantiate yourself. Use your top arm to reach out and spin toward the sky." — Sian
"Such a deep and simple twist. Think that you are twisting and back-bending here for the best effect. Start with five breaths each side and build to 10." — Kyle
"Sit up on a blanket or block so that your hips are higher than your knees. Bring your shins parallel to the front of the mat. This pose is a huge flush for the hips so actively send your breath into the lower body and allow your exhales to be complete." — Sian
"Use a block at the highest height and press into it. Make your connections and keep making them as your revolve the belly, rib cage, and vision up to the sky." — Sian
"Tap into your strength here! Warrior postures energize and empower, and Reverse Warrior adds a luscious side bend." — Kyle
"Give your self a second of stillness and space to appreciate the effects of your effort." — Kyle
Considering the many stressors that are an undeniable part of our daily routine (traffic, work, more traffic, etc.), taking even 10 minutes to start the day with some quiet "me" time that benefits our physical and mental well-being sounds pretty dreamy. Though we'll be trying this ASAP, we might not be ready to give up our caffeine habit just yet.