As I get older, I am finding that I need to stretch more and more. I do simple yoga moves and a few stretches I learned in dance class. Here is my standard routine:

Laying on the back:
1. Knee to chest, alternating legs.
2. Both knees and let them drop halfway to the ground on one side, then the other.
3. Knee to chest, then draw the knee across to the opposite side, then the other leg.

Sit cross-legged:
4. Sit up straight and bend forward at the waist, head to the ground.
5. Twist to each side.
6. Switch the cross of the legs and repeat 4&5.

Hands and Knees:
7. Cat & Cow (alternate arching back up & down).
8. Child’s Pose
9. Upward facing dog
10. Downward facing dog

11. Forward bend, roll up
12. Arms overhead, side stretch right and left.

Always breathing deeply. Om.

No Alarm Clock

For the past few weeks I have been getting up without an alarm clock. I have been chained to one for the last 6 years or so. My husband still sets his alarm (though I never actually hear it go off), and when he rises that is my gentle reminder to start my own day.

I loathe alarm clocks and have an unhealthy addiction to the snooze button, but this has been very nice. I hope I can go on this way. I feel like things have been running a little smoother with my new morning routine. I am not up at the butt crack of dawn, but I do feel more productive during the day. Oh well, I am enjoying it while it lasts.