Most animals sleep in one position for the majority of the night. A morning stretch is important for loosening and realigning your muscles, as well as getting your blood flowing, since your heart rate is at its lowest right before you wake up. Think of stretching as a wake-up call to your brain. Stretching limbers you up and, along with yawning, has been proven to relieve stress and tension. This magical mixture of loose muscles, increased blood flow, and good feelings helps to jump-start your day.
Watch the following videos to hear more about the science behind pandiculation and learn a morning yoga routine to extend the health benefits of full-body stretching.