You know that feeling when your battery levels are running low and it gets hard to focus on your daily tasks? We’ve got the perfect energy booster! Doing these simple yoga poses can really help the prana (vital energy) flow into your veins, bringing rejuvenating energy back into your body. Instead of that second coffee, do yoga!
1. Standing Side Stretch
Stand in Samasthiti, with your big toes together and heels separated. Inhale life our arms up, bringing the palms together and exhale to your right side. Inhale back up to the center and exhale to the left side. This pose is great to give your sides a nice stretch.
2. Standing backbend
Stand in Samastithi, inhale and lift the arms up and bring the palms together while gazing at your hands, lifting your chest and sternum to the sky and exhale open your chest and drop your head back for a slight back bend.
3. Standing forward fold
From Samastithi, inhale lift the arms up while gazing at your hands and then exhale fold forward, bringing your torso down and hands towards the ground. You can even stay folded for a couple of breaths, letting your head hang relaxed.
4. Downward Facing Dog
Bring your hands down to the floor and step your feet back, keeping the feet hips-width distance apart. Keep the hips and sit-bones up towards the sky. Elongate the spine and extend the shoulders by pushing away the floor with the whole palm of your hands. Feel free to walk your dog by bending and stretching each leg.
5. Three legged dog
From Downward Facing Dog, lift the right leg up to the sky, keeping the shoulders squared towards the floor. Open the hip and bring the heel towards your bum. Feel a nice stretch in your hamstrings and legs. Inhale straighten the right leg and bring the foot back down to the ground. Do the same for the left side.
6. Upward Facing Dog
Lying face down on the floor, bring your hands on each side of your ribs. Inhale, push down on the floor, straighten your arms and at the same time, lift your torso up. Do not rest on your shoulders. Keep your chest open. Don’t let the knees rest on the floor. Look straight ahead or tip the head back slightly, make sure not to to compress the back of the neck.
Lie down facing the floor, keeping your arms alongside your body with the palms facing up. Keep your legs inwardly rotated by pointing the toes. Inhale, lift your head, upper torso, arms and legs away from the floor while keeping the hands on the floor. Extend and elongate the spine and keep your gaze at the tip of your nose.
Lie down on your stomach with your feet hips width distance apart and arms by your sides. Bend your knees, grab your ankles from the outside. Inhale, push the feet into your hands and lift the chest up off the ground, while extending the spine. Try not to compress the spine or your neck. Hold and breathe here for 5 breaths. Exhale and slowly release.
Come to a comfortable seated position, with your legs extended. You can grab your big toes if you can, if not, you can grab as far as you comfortably can on your legs or use a strap to help you fold forward. Inhale lift your arms up, elongate the spine and exhale fold forward. In this forward fold, try keeping your legs straight unless you feel uncomfortable, in which case you can bend your knees.
Finally, if you feel confident or adventurous you can try a headstand! You can use a wall for balance or if you are in the center of a room, make sure there are no objects in front of you, in case you fall out of the posture. Bring the crown of your head to the ground, bring your elbows close together and remember to bring your shoulders down. This should give you a nice solid foundation to go upside down. Straighten your legs and lift the hips up to the sky. Walk your feet in as much as you can and then bring one leg to your chest, and then the other. You can stay here in a ball or slowly straighten your legs upwards, keeping the belly button sucked inward and your tail bone down. When you are ready, slowly bring your feet back down to the floor and rest in child’s pose.
Well there you have it! 10 simple poses that you can do separately or in order (like a sequence) to bring some energy back into your day. Fight fatigue away, naturally! Let us know how you like this sequence, we want to hear from you! We are open to any suggestions and comments, so send a message if you want and have a great energized day!