Sometimes, I’m a little slow to wake up. If I awake feeling rushed because I overslept or have a lot to accomplish that day, I find that if I take five minutes for a short yoga routine, I can generate energy, motivation, and the calm I need to tackle my projects. I usually accompany my practice with a mantra I repeat with each breath, such as "I love life" or "All is well."
What makes this sequence perfect for the morning is that it can be done without even getting out of bed, although I prefer to do it on the floor. It's a gentle flow that can be done in a short amount of time. It'll make you feel energized by getting your blood flowing as you stretch your ribcage and spine. Folding your legs underneath you stretches your thighs and also moves blood to your hips, ankles and joints. When coupled with your chosen mantra timed to steady breathing, it creates a bridge between the sleeping world and wakefulness.
Here is a simple yoga sequence in Hero Pose that is sure to get your blood flowing and improve your mindset for the day.