OYO Sequence Series: Better Than Coffee!

What could be better than coffee, you ask? We know, we know. Coffee = lifeline. However! We guarantee after you try this sequence out, you’ll be team #betterthancoffee for all of 2018. Join us in our Office Yoga® Sequence Series with: Better than Coffee.

Don’t worry… You can still enjoy your latte, we won’t deprive you of the simple joys of life! 😉 

For a quick pick-me-up, start by sitting on the shins. Interlacing your fingers over your head, turn your palms to face the sky. Opening up through the base of the wrists, giving yourself a much needed computer break.

Take a few breaths here. Move the head yes, no, maybe-so. One final inhale as you reach palms higher, exhale release everything back down.

Tuck your toes, place palms on your mat, reach hips towards sky – adho mukha svanasana. Hinge forward to your high plank, and slowly lower yourself to the floor, using the knees if need be.

Gently moving through bhujangasana, inhale lift the chest and squeeze the shoulders at the back of the heart. Exhale lower the forehead onto the mat. Inhale to rise, exhale to lower. Repeat three times.

Return to adho mukha svanasana, and reach your right leg up and back as you inhale. On the exhale, draw right foot to top of mat, and rise for high lunge.

Feel feet press down into floor, rise through the center of the core, and reach finger tips tall. Maintain your balance, and hold for three breaths.

Drawing hands to heart center, press palms into one another and twist, drawing left elbow to right outer thigh. Keep pressing palms against one another, and allow the breath to create space through the outer edges of the rib cage. Hold for two rounds of breath.

Return to adho mukha svanasana and repeat on the left side.

Once completed, lower down onto your belly, and interlace fingers behind your back. On the inhale, lift everything up for shalabhasana.

Continuously reach crown of head forward and toes backwards – keeping length throughout the side body.

As you exhale, lower back down. Repeat as many times as you would like. (the more, the better!)

Option to turn shalabhasana into dhanurasana, boat pose, by bending at the knees, holding on to the feet, and kicking up and back.

Gently lower the body back down to the mat, turn the head to the right. Breathe in through the nose, and out through the mouth. Turn the head towards the left. Breathe in through the nose, and out through the mouth.

Stay as long as you’d like, and return to tadasana via floating through your vinyasa.

Once in tadasana, check in. Feel that jolt of energy? That renewed sense of determination? Yep. Told you. Better than coffee!

Now get out there and do good things. Om.

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