Feeling a little run down? Try some yoga for energy to get your heart pumping and your blood flowing.
We think of yoga as being soothing and relaxing, but it can be incredibly energizing, too. Strenuous postures get your heart pumping and can help improve energy levels. Others help your body process those strenuous postures so you finish your practice feeling refreshed, not pooped.
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You can do this yoga series all in a row, transitioning from pose to pose. Practicing in this way is called “vinyasa,” or flow. Focus on your breath as you flow from posture to posture. If you’re looking for more of a workout, you can practice postures one through nine twice before cooling down with the final posture in the series. Don’t try to push your body too far. “No pain, no gain” is not a constructive mindset when you’re practicing yoga. Whether you do one round or two, your goal is to walk away feeling energized!
Want to get in on the action? Check out our series of yoga for energy.
1. Mountain Posture to Upward Salute
Start in a standing position with your feet just hip-width apart. Bring your hands into prayer position in front of your chest, and bring your focus to your breath. Gently inhale and exhale, letting the day’s stresses melt away, and focusing on what you want to get out of your yoga practice.
Once you’re feeling calm and centered raise your hands — still in prayer position — over your head. Think about pressing your biceps against your ears, then tilt your head back slightly and gaze toward the sky. You want to keep your back straight, so don’t let your belly push forward while you’re in this posture. Hold for 10 deep breaths, then transition to the next pose.
2. Upward Salute to Forward Bend
Release your hands from prayer position, rotating your palms to face forward, then bring your arms parallel to the floor and swan dive forward, until you are in a full standing forward bend. You can adjust your feet to be slightly further apart if you like. Either place your hands on the floor or grab hold of each elbow, and hang out here for 30 seconds, feeling the stretch in the backs of your legs and your spine.