I love to get up early. The house is quiet, the sky is still dark. It’s the perfect opportunity to set my intentions and reflect on my blessings before the dawn of yet another busy day. I wasn’t always an early bird though! It wasn’t until the birth of my first child in 2008, that I started making the most of the wee hours of the morning. You see 5am - 6 30am seemed to be the only time that I could count on my newborn sleeping and rather than vacuuming the floor or washing the dishes, I used this precious time to recharge and to fill my cup doing things that I loved. Think yoga, meditation, self development, creative work and coffee!

The routine just kinda stuck and these days the early hours have become my favourite part of the day. I enjoy nothing more than a short and sweet yoga practice to start the morning and this is the exact routine that I still use almost every single day. It takes less than 5 minutes and it is a great way to bring some gentle movement through the body and to help to maintain health and flexibility through the spine.

  Lateral Spinal Flexion:   Start in a seated position and press down through the palm of one hand. Inhale as you sweep the opposite arm up toward the sky and then begin to lean over toward the bottom hand. Hold for 3 - 5 deep belly breaths.

Lateral Spinal Flexion:
Start in a seated position and press down through the palm of one hand. Inhale as you sweep the opposite arm up toward the sky and then begin to lean over toward the bottom hand. Hold for 3 - 5 deep belly breaths.

  Spinal Rotation:   Continue to press down through the bottom hand as you inhale and lift back to an upright position. Move the bottom hand to rest on the floor behind you and then bring the top arm to the opposite knee and twist through the torso to gaze out behind you. Hold for 3 - 5 breaths. Repeat picture 1 and 2 on second side.

Spinal Rotation:
Continue to press down through the bottom hand as you inhale and lift back to an upright position. Move the bottom hand to rest on the floor behind you and then bring the top arm to the opposite knee and twist through the torso to gaze out behind you. Hold for 3 - 5 breaths. Repeat picture 1 and 2 on second side.

Circle Of Joy:

  Spinal Extension: Inhale and circle the arms around and up toward the sky, connecting the palms together above the head.

Spinal Extension:
Inhale and circle the arms around and up toward the sky, connecting the palms together above the head.

  Exhale and draw the hands down the midline of the body to rest at the chest.

Exhale and draw the hands down the midline of the body to rest at the chest.

  Inhale as you clasp the fingers and bring the knuckles up toward the chin, elbows high.

Inhale as you clasp the fingers and bring the knuckles up toward the chin, elbows high.

  Spinal Flexion:   Keeping the fingers clasped, exhale and extend the arms out in front of the body, drawing the chin into the chest

Spinal Flexion:
Keeping the fingers clasped, exhale and extend the arms out in front of the body, drawing the chin into the chest

  Spinal Extension: Continue to clasp the fingers as you inhale to lie the chest and reach the arms up toward the sky.

Spinal Extension:
Continue to clasp the fingers as you inhale to lie the chest and reach the arms up toward the sky.

  Exhale as you release the fingers and circle the arms around the body.

Exhale as you release the fingers and circle the arms around the body.

  Clasp the fingers behind the body as you open through the chest.

Clasp the fingers behind the body as you open through the chest.

  Begin to melt the body forward until the head rests down to the earth and the arms stretch out and up.

Begin to melt the body forward until the head rests down to the earth and the arms stretch out and up.

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Angelique has been practicing yoga and mindfulness for nearly 20 years and is the third generation in her family to teach the ancient art.
With a deep passion for both yoga & music, she carefully fuses the two by crafting exclusive & seamless soundtracks to build the flow & enhance the energy within a session. 
A natural teacher, Angelique has the ability to delicately weave elements of yoga & mindfulness with creative visualisation & positive psychology to inspire & empower yogis to LIVE their BEST life.

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