These Morning Stretches Are More Energizing Than a Shot of Espresso

Best Morning Stretches
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When you're thinking of ways to combat your Monday morning grogginess, the office Keurig is probably the more obvious choice over any kind of physical activity. But while caffeine can be a beautiful, beautiful thing, there are actually quicker (and less jittery) ways to boost your energy on the fly via yoga. (Because it's not just about relaxing.)

There's an important distinction between grounding yoga poses and those that fire us up, says THE/THIRTY contributor and yoga instructor Danielle Acoff. "Energizing poses get your heart pumping," she explains. "They're invigorating and build heat in the body, especially if you hold them for longer periods of time."

On the flip side, "grounding poses are calming and involve connecting and rooting to the ground. To be grounded is to be centered, balanced, and stable." And the stretches that will wake you up are "short, sweet, and jump-start your engine," says Acoff.

On that note, keep reading for an easy yoga sequence that can replace that second (or third) cup of coffee.