An energizing 5 minute morning Yoga routine!

Do you want more energy in the morning? This gerrero sequence activates your legs, arms and umbilical center and helps your body stay awake and activated during the day. I think it is much better than a cup of coffee because it gives you substantial energy throughout the morning.

You can do this routine at any time, however, when you need a little more adrenaline, an added value is working with the largest muscle groups (such as the legs and buttocks), it also helps to jump-start your metabolism.


1. Start with your feet together, bend your knees as if you were lowering yourself into the chair to sit down. Raise your arms up next to your ears and hold there for 5 to 8 breaths. Keep your abs tight and feel your legs working hard to support the squat.


two. Now, as you inhale, step your left foot back into a lunge and press your heel down to Warrior 1 pose. Try to keep your hips forward and the angle of your rear foot 75 degrees forward. Press your palms firmly above your head and look down at your fingers.


3. As you exhale, stretch your arms into warrior 2 pose. This is a strong pose that leads you to connect with your breath, the umbilical center, and the lower body. The right knee should point to the side of the little toe of the right foot. Anchor the outside of your left foot to the ground and allow it to rotate a little more toward 45 degrees.


4. As you inhale, raise your arms above your head, fingers skyward into lunge posture. Make sure your legs are far enough apart so that your knee is just directly above your ankle and press firmly through your heel.

5. On the exhale, step back and return to the starting position as if you were sitting in a chair. Repeat the entire sequence, but now with your left side. Do this for a total of 3 times on each side. Use one breath for each movement to keep flowing.


Kristin McGee is a leading yoga and Pilates instructor and healthy lifestyle expert based in New York City. She is an ACE certified personal trainer who regularly trains celebrity clients in New York and Los Angeles. She serves as Health’s contributing fitness editor and is frequently seen on national TV. Her latest in a large collection of fitness DVDs is YogaSlim. Follow her on Twitter @KristinMcGee and like her page on Facebook.

Sandra B. Lusk
Freelance author Food,Fitness and Weight Loss

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