Here are five great poses to do at 5 o'clock. Nope, it doesn't matter if it's 5 o'clock in the morning or evening. It's 5 o'clock somewhere, right? We like to call this sequence of poses the Dogsled races. They're fun, a bit challenging, and get our heart and body ready for the day. Do them alone and pretend you are practicing for the races, or do them with your pals, or imaginary pack of dogs. Ready, set, go.
Downward Dog: Strengthens and stretches shoulders, back, and legs. This pose also strengthens the wrists and arms. If you lift each leg up for a count of 4 to 5 breaths, you will get an extra core workout.
Upward Dog: This pose strengthens the abs, back, legs, arms, and wrists. This pose also gives you energy. Try doing a few Downward Dog and Upward Dog poses (going back and forth) and then move into Runner's pose after downward dog.
Runner's Pose: From Downward Dog, lift a leg and bring it under your belly and place it between your hands so that your hands and foot are aligned with the foot sandwiched between the hands. In the photo below, the right leg is not completely in position, as you will notice. Remember to do both sides.
Half Moon: This pose is great for indigestion, anxiety, and releasing stress. Make sure that you do it on both sides and spend some time in the pose breathing...deep breaths. Though the photo isn't exact, it's a good photo to show the expectations when doing these poses with young children. The idea is to get children to love yoga, not to spend so much time on the correct posture and position. Try lifting the hand closest to the big toe up to the sky (twist).
Mountain Pose: Whether you stand with your hands by your side or your hands in the air, the idea is to spend a few moments in mountain pose breathing. Try standing on your tippy toes for a challenge. Or even more challenging-look up into the sky while standing still on your tippy toes. Mountain pose is great for posture, core strength, and confidence. You are ready to take on the day!