And hey, if Hotel Thrillist sparked the yogi in you, we’ve compiled a few simple poses you can do at home when you have a big day ahead. Just 10 minutes in the morning is all it takes.
1. Cat-Cow Pose. Cat-Cow Pose is perfect for the morning, since it stretches your back after a long night’s sleep, and opens up your spine. First, get down on all fours. Inhale as you lift your chin up to the ceiling and drop your back. As you exhale, look down at your belly button and arch your back like a cat. Repeat the movement for a minute or two until you feel fully open.
2. Tree Pose. This standing pose helps you gain balance and strengthen your legs, but it also takes concentration -- so it helps wake up your mind in the morning. Simply stand straight up with your hands tight in prayer position at your chest. Bring the sole of your left foot up to your right inner thigh and balance here for a minute while inhaling and exhaling slowly. When complete, switch sides and repeat.
3. Downward Dog. Start on your hands and knees before slowly pressing back, lifting your knees off the floor, straightening your arms and lifting your tailbone. Your heels should be on the floor. This pose stretches the hamstrings and opens up the back of the body. After 30 seconds in downward dog, you’ll be ready to take on anything the day throws at you.