5 MINUTE STRETCHING YOGA ROUTINE YOU CAN TRY AT HOME

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If you don’t have time to go to a yoga class everyday, or if you just need that extra stretch to get you moving in the morning, here’s a 10 minute routine you can do at home. Add some deep breathing to that, and you’ll be filled with a bout of real energy!

1) On your mat, sit cross legged in ‘easy pose’. Spine tall. Take a couple of deep breaths here with your eyes to ground and centre yourself.

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Example: http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/2481

2) Inhale and sweep your left arm sideways across the ground and away from you, as you reach your right arm over-head towards the left side, giving your right side a nice deep stretch. Come back to centre and repeat on the other side. Repeat 4 times on each side nice and slow, slowly expanding the ribcage and mobilising the spine.

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3) Walk your hands forward onto your mat while still in cross legged position, tenting your fingertips and engaging your shoulder blades down and together on your back, allow your head and neck to release. This gives a great stretch to your hip, inner groin, lower back and shoulder area. Pause for 5 long breaths. Stay here for 5 to 10 deep breaths. With every inhale, feel your spine growing longer (imagine the crown of your head reaching out in front of you to the wall); with every exhale, allow the body to sink lower (the chest is getting closer to the floor).
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