Sooo you overindulged a little last night. We bet your body is feeling a certain way right now...and it's not good. The ultimate hangover cure and the best way to banish the nausea, fatigue, and jelly-legged feeling isn't a bacon, egg, and cheese. Or that hair-of-the-dog Bloody Mary. It's this yoga flow.
Nike Master Trainer Traci Copeland is here with a flow full of twists, inversions, and movement-fueled detoxification so you can wring the booze right out of your body. And since it only takes five minutes, you can squeeze it in for an instant pick-me-up before running off to brunch or work. Or just back to bed.
Seated Forward Fold
Sit with legs extended in front and toes flexed. Reach arms straight overhead, then reach and fold forward with a flat back, holding on to toes or shins. Slowly bow head, and take slow, deep breaths. At the bottom of each exhale, try to fold deeper. Breathe here for 3 breaths.
Lie faceup. Bring one knee into chest, then cross ankle over other thigh and allow knee to fall open. Reach through to grab the other hamstring and gently pull toward chest. Keep shoulder blades grounded, and make sure both feet are flexed to protect the knees. Continue for 3 breaths, then switch sides and repeat.
Lying Spinal Twist
Lie faceup with right leg extended and left leg forming a 90-degree angle. Pull left leg across body to twist hips to the right, keeping shoulders grounded. Extend left arm sideways onto the floor, and gently turn head to look toward left hand. At the bottom of each exhale, try to twist deeper. Breathe here for 3 breaths, then switch sides and repeat.
Lie faceup with legs straight in the air, toes over hips. Slowly pull toes toward face and then up toward the ceiling to lift hips off ground. Brace lower back with hands, pushing elbows into the floor. Try to keep toes directly over hips. To lift higher, walk hands higher up the back. Take easy breaths, and keep gaze straight forward. Breathe here for 3 to 5 breaths.
Start in shoulder stand. Continue to brace back with hands and slowly lower toes down behind head to touch the floor. Keep chin tucked into chest. For a deeper stretch, grab hold of ankles, and gently pull outward to separate knees and bend them toward head. Breathe here for 3 to 5 breaths. To come out of pose, roll down slowly, one vertebra at a time. Cross feet at the ankles, and rock backwards and forwards a few times. Finally, rock up to sit tall.
Start on hands and knees, then push hips all the way back. Extend arms forward onto the floor and rest forehead on the ground. Breathe here for 3 breaths.
If this flow doesn't do the trick for your alcohol-induced misery, try this list for another kind of hangover cure. Feeling better? Great—now try one of Traci's other amazing yoga workouts: Yoga Poses That Will Make You Feel Like a Badass.