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We know how busy life can get. Juggling a career with family time and social obligations make it hard to squeeze in time for yourself, even if it is just 15 minutes in the morning. However, we have taken a page from surfer-guru Laird Hamilton’s book and discovered a simple stretching routine to practice every morning that will help you get ready to conquer the day. Pair this flow with one of our teas, and you will be energized and ready to tackle your crazy schedule.
Sit on the floor with the left leg extended and the heel of the right foot against your inner left thigh, right knee turned out. Take a deep breath in and exhale as you lean forward, hands extended towards the left foot. You should be able to inch a little deeper into the stretch with every breath. Repeat for 10 breaths and switch sides.
This stretch works wonders for your back muscles and abs. Lie face down, legs extended and the top of your feet against the floor. Your palms should rest flat near your shoulders. Breathe in deeply, and as you exhale, press through your hands to straighten your arms. Slowly lower yourself back down to your starting position and repeat for five breaths. With each repetition, try to increase the bend in your back.
Your spine naturally stiffens when you spend hours in bed. This pose will gently stretch it and helps to open the hips. Sit upright with your left foot tucked under the left butt cheek. Your left foot should rest on the floor beside the right thigh, the left leg crossing over the right leg. Inhale as you twist towards your left, placing your left hand on the floor behind you and the right elbow on the left knee. Continue pushing deeper into the stretch for 10 breaths and repeat on the other side.
Lie face down, with your arms extended to the side, palms on the floor. Inhale deeply and exhale as you reach a straight arm behind the back to open your chest while crossing that same side’s foot over the opposite leg. Your entire side should lift off the floor. Stay for 10 breaths before switching sides.