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Yoga for Energy

Another reason to do yoga.

Why do yoga? Many people practice yoga for the many physical and mental health benefits it offers. The poses of yoga are known to increase strength, flexibility, and balance, relieve stress, improve heart health, and help you sleep better. But one thing you may not realize is yoga has the ability to boost your energy levels. Who couldn’t use a little extra energy these days?
What is it about yoga that energizes you? What poses are known to boost energy? Keep reading to find out.

Mind and Body

Yoga is made up of poses and postures, deep breathing techniques, and meditation. It’s the combination of these three things that rejuvenate your mind and body to restore energy. As you do the poses, fatigue in the body is relieved, and you feel more awake.

With yoga, you get away from the shallow, uneven breaths you do most of your day. Instead, you learn methods of conscious breathing techniques. These lead to increased lung capacity and greater energy.

Meditation also has powerful abilities. It helps you release pent up negative feelings, feel calm, overcome stress, and enjoy increased energy.

Poses for Energy

The next time you’re feeling sluggish, do a few of these yoga poses. In just a few minutes, you should feel more awake and ready to get back to life.

First, do the bridge. Lie on your back on a mat. Bend your knees with your legs and feet hip-distance apart. Bring your feet close to your bottom, press down on your feet, inhale, and lift your hips and thighs toward the sky. As you do, keep your arms on the floor, extended by your sides. Exhale and lower your hips back to the floor.

Next, try the camel pose. Get on your knees, with your shins touching the ground, knees hip-width apart, and your heels behind you. Pull your elbows back behind you, trying to touch them behind you as your chest expands. With your chest raised and your shoulders back, reach your hands back to your heels. Let your head and neck gently stretch backward. Hold the pose for up to a minute.

The upward facing dog is another pose that opens your chest and stretches your spine. Lie on your belly and spread your feet hip-width apart. Place your hands next to your ribs. Press down on your hands and feet, inhale, and straighten your arms to lift your chest forward and up. Pull your shoulders back as your back and neck curve. Now, push your bottom up so that your body creates an upside down V-shape. Hold and then release.

The one-legged king pigeon pose stretches your spine and opens your hips. Start on your hands and knees. Push your left knee forward and move your left foot to the right until it’s in front of your right knee. Your left shin should rest on the floor. Now, slide your right leg back as you straighten your right knee. Lower your head toward the floor and reach your arms overhead. You’ll feel a stretch in your back and hips. Switch legs.

Lastly, do the warrior 2 pose. Stand up, face the side of your mat, and spread your feet far apart. Stretch your arms out from your shoulders so they are parallel to the floor. Now turn your right foot and leg to face the head of your mat. Bend your right knee so it’s in line with your right ankle. Reach toward the head and foot of your mat. Repeat the pose on the other side.

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