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What is a Yoga Vitamin? More on Restore Yoga’s Morning Yoga Vitamins

How you wake up will set the tone for the rest of your day which is why it is vitally important to gently introduce your body to the day ahead and prepare it for what awaits you. My Morning Yoga Vitamin does just that. It takes moments to reoxygenize your body after a night’s sleep and to jump start your circulation after being still for hours. These four simple stretches are how I start my day, everyday. Please join myself and professional kiteboarder, Jason Slezak, as we demonstrate these movements so that you too can experience wonderful benefits. Starting Position: Begin standing with your feet shoulder width apart or slightly wider, whatever allows you to achieve a good balance, and with your palms together in the center of your body. Roll your feet forwards and backwards so that all four points of your feet are coming into contact with the ground.

  • Take a deep breath in and while breathing in, raise both arms up above your head, palms still together, and when you exhale, open your arms out and release them slowly down by your sides, palms facing down. [Note: Each movement you make should be in sync with your breath. Go at your own pace, slower is better.] Breathe in again and circle your arms around above your head, allow your palms to meet, and exhale your arms down to the center of your body.

 

  • Breathe arms up and this time as your exhale, open your arms out but allow your body to fall forward by hinging at your hips. Relax your knees; do not try to reach to the floor. Simply hang. Allow the weight of body, the weight of your arms, and the weight of your head to open up your spine. Take a deep breath in, take a deep breath out. Uncoil, inhale, and roll-up. Circle your arms back around above your head, allow your palms to meet, and exhale your arms down to the center of your body.

  • Widen your foot stance beyond your shoulders and roll your feet back and forth to ensure balance. Breathe arms up above your head and while holding them there, shift your weight into your left hip, bring your right arm down to your right thigh and allow it to rest. Turn your left palm away from you and gaze up at your left thumb. Take a deep breath in and as you exhale, shift your weight into your right hip, bring the left arm down, raise your arm up, turn your right palm away from you and gaze at your right thumb. [You may repeat this side-to-side motion if you like; remember to move with your breath and move slowly as if you are in water. Be graceful.]

  • Breathe both arms up above your head, allow your palms to meet, and step your feet together. With your arms above your head, tighten the muscles in your ‘seat,’ lengthen your legs, sink your feet into the floor and roll your hips forward to open up the hip flexors. Take a deep breath in, take a deep breath out. And when you are ready, hinge at your hips, open up your arms and fall forward again. While hanging, breathe in, and breathe out. Uncoil, inhale, and roll-up. Circle your arms back around above your head, allow your palms to meet, and exhale your arms down to the center of your body.

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