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This Yoga Routine Will Finally Motivate You To Get Off The Couch

By the end of August, the sun sets earlier each night, and basically all the good parts of life (rooftop bars, morning runs in the heat) start winding down.

With the end of summer comes an acknowledgment of the winter ahead — that soon, there won't be a chance for you to lay in the park. It'll just be you, your hoodie and Netflix riding out the cold together.

What's a lady to do when she feels a case of the curl-up-and-dies approaching? Find a way to get motivated.

You're in good hands. I got in touch with Alexis Novak, a celebrity yoga instructor best known for her tropical fitness retreats in places like Costa Rica and Bali.

She's designed a unique yoga routine just for you to get blood rushing around that body, and your sluggish brain cells working again.

Grab a mat, pull on your stretchy pants and get down to business.

Start in tabletop position.


Move between cat and cow pose, activating the muscles of your core.


Push your feet back to the top of a pushup or high plank position. Hold for 10 breaths.


Push back into downward-facing dog.


Alternate lifting your legs like you're walking really dramatically. You can also try running or hopping.

Pick up the pace and use your hands for support, like you're doing inverted mountain climbers. Keep up high intensity for 30 seconds.


Raise your right leg into a three-legged dog kick, then step through for a low lunge.

Alexis novak shows yoga pose 3

Alexis Novak


Move to a one-legged tadasana (opposite leg lifts to bent knee).


Yogi kick! Then, step back to a lunge position. Continue for 15 reps.


Press back to downward-facing dog. Time for a second round of downward-facing dog walks, runs or hops. Get the heart rate up!


On your left side, repeat the crescent lunge and kicks.

Finish with tree pose on right and left side.

Arms high, head up! Stand tall with stability, feeling motivated to take on your day.

Take that, cold weather blahs!!

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Emily Arata is a Women's Editor raised in the Twin Cities. She graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx and previously wrote for First We Feast. She writes about the unlikely ways in which millennials connect with one another.
Emily Arata is a Women's Editor raised in the Twin Cities. She graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx and previously wrote for First We Feast. She writes about the unlikely ways in which millennials connect with one another.

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