This beginner yoga routine only takes five minutes but it will strengthen your core and boost your mobility

Skip your morning coffee and try this energizing yoga practice instead

A young woman stands in a brightly lit room with her eyes closed performing the classic yoga prayer pose
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If you struggle to get up in the morning, you don't have to rely on a big cup of coffee to get you going. Instead, you could try this extremely gentle, feel-good routine from yoga instructor Francine Cipollone, better known online as Yoga With Bird.

Doing some early morning movement will help stretch your muscles and limber up your joints after being stationary all night. Plus, the routine could help you feel more energized for the day and boost your mood.

Watch Yoga With Bird's energizing yoga routine

You don't need any equipment for this routine, just a yoga mat if you have one. If not, you can get a cheap one for as little as $16 on Amazon.

The benefits of yoga for your mental health

Yoga is not only a great way to improve your mobility, but it can also relieve stress and boost your mood. The practice encourages you to focus on your breathing and bodily sensations, which can put you in a calm, meditative state.

Research shows that regularly practicing yoga could improve your brain health, too. A meta-analysis of studies published in Brain Plasticity outlines evidence suggesting that a long-term yoga practice positively impacts brain structures (like the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex) and mental function.

Cipollone's routine also engages the core muscles and provides a satisfying full-body stretch, so it's ideal for people who work desk jobs and spend a lot of time sitting down. If you want a longer routine, try these yoga stretches for beginners, or have a go at one of these 15-minute yoga flows.

Alice Porter
Freelancer Writer

Alice Porter is a freelance journalist covering lifestyle topics including health, fitness and wellness. She is particularly interested in women's health, strength training and fitness trends and writes for publications including Stylist Magazine, Refinery29, The Independent and Glamour Magazine. Like many other people, Alice's personal interest in combining HIIT training with strength work quickly turned into a CrossFit obsession and she trains at a box in south London. When she's not throwing weights around or attempting handstand push-ups, you can probably find her on long walks in nature, buried in a book or hopping on a flight to just about anywhere it will take her.