We often think about yoga as an exercise to calm and soothe us. But, it can also be very helpful in providing a boost of energy throughout your day. There are many energizing yoga poses that can bring clarity and awaken your mind and body. Try out a few of these energizing yoga poses, or better yet, all of them, to energize your day!
Disclaimer: Always consult your healthcare provider before starting any new physical regiment and/or if you have any injuries or conditions.
Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
Stand up tall, with your big toes touching. Turn upper thighs slightly inward, and lengthen your tailbone towards the ground. Draw your shoulder blades back and down. Hang your arms by your side, with your hands facing forward. Hold for one minute, breathing easily.
Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
From Mountain Pose, place your hands on your hips. Exhale and bend forward from the hip joints. Draw your torso towards the front of your legs. Your head facing the ground. You can keep your knees deeply bent, or began to straighten them. Reach your hands to touch the ground in front or to the side of your feet, wrap around your ankles, or cross your forearms and hold your elbows. Hold for one minute, breathing deeply.
Upward-Facing Dog Pose (Urdhva Mukha Shvanasana)
Lie flat on the ground on your tummy. Stretch your legs back, with the tops of your feet on the ground. Place your palms flat on the ground, with your elbows bent and fingers facing forward. Inhale, while pressing your hands firmly on the ground, straighten your arms and lift your body up. Press top of the feet into the mat to lift legs a few inches off the ground. Draw your shoulder blades back and down away from your ears, drawing them towards one another. Thighs stay engaged and chest open. Your gaze is at the third eye, with head facing forward or titled up. Hold for 15-30 seconds, breathing easily.
Downward-Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Shvanasana)
Start on your hands and knees, with your knees directly below your hips and your hands slightly in front of your shoulders. Pressing down through your palms, with your toes tucked under, lengthen your tailbone, and engage your lower belly, drawing the navel back towards the spine. Keeping your knees bent, lift your knees off the ground and reach your tailbone high towards the sky. Continue to keep your knees bent at first (and stay that way if it feels good). Roll your upper arms away from you and spiral the forearms inward. Slide your shoulder blades back and down as if you are squeezing an orange between them. Slowly reach your heels towards the ground, release your neck and soften your gaze. Hold for 30-60 seconds, breathing easily.
Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana II)
From Mountain Pose, step your feet about 3-4 feet apart. Reach your arms actively out to the sides, lifting them parallel to the ground with your palms facing down. Move your front foot out 90 degrees, so that the back foot intersects it. Bend deeply into your front knee, keeping it even with your front ankle, with the back leg straight. Your torso stays straight and long. Gaze over the front hand. Hold for one minute, breathing deeply. Reverse the feet and repeat on the other side.
Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvāṅgāsana)
Lie flat on the ground, on your back. Bend your knees and place the soles of your feet on the ground, hip width apart. Exhale and lift your tailbone towards the sky, lifting your bottom off the ground. Keep your thighs and inner feet parallel. Clasp your hands beneath your body, extending your arms towards your feet, to stay on the tops of the shoulders. Keep your knees directly over the heels. Lift your chin slightly upward. Broaden the shoulder blades and press the top of the sternum towards the chin. Hold for 30-60 seconds, breathing easily.