On cold winter mornings, warming up your joints is an invigorating way to wake up and start your day. San Francisco Bay Area yoga teacher David Moreno teaches a series of joint exercises that can be used as part of your morning or pre-practice stretching routine. Though most warm-ups emphasize major muscle groups, Moreno says focusing on the joints can be an effective way to energize the body and ensure a safe practice or workout. It's also good for the long-term health of your joints. "When you move your joints through the full range of motion, it increases circulation and lubricates the entire joint," he says.
Moreno suggests a practice adapted from a longer sequence taught by Swami Satyananda of the Bihar School of Yoga. Practice slowly, repeating each movement eight times, and take slow, deep breaths as you go.
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