There are numerous yoga poses to help the body to relax and unwind, but there are also many asanas (poses) to help boost energy. I will highlight the top five electrifying asanas. When you are feeling lethargic, turn to yoga for an all natural energy boost.
When you are feeling lethargic, turn to yoga for an all natural energy boost.
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The first four poses are a sequence to perform one after the other. Each pose should be held through 10 deep breaths and done on one side of the body. After completing the series on one side, repeat it on the other. Your goal is to perform the sequence a total of six times, three sets on each side of the body. “This sequence engages your core and energizes your system from the inside out,” reveals Women’s Health Magazine yoga expert, Tara Stiles.
This asana is an advanced version of the downward-facing dog pose, yet it is not as advanced or difficult as the standing split. Downward dog provides energy to the body, but by performing one pose after the other without stopping, even more energy is provided since a cardio effect is produced.
#2 Warrior III Pose (Virabhadrasana III)
The warrior III pose will force you to concentrate on balancing, which improves your focus and mental alertness. It also tightens the abs and strengthens the muscles of the legs, shoulders and ankles.
#3 Modified Half-Moon Arch (Ardha Chandrasana)
This asana takes the half-moon pose to the next level, and it stretches the muscles of the thigh. The half-moon-pose relieves fatigue, anxiety and backaches.
#4 Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
The tree pose increases the feeling of equilibrium, helping both the body and mind to feel balanced.
#5 Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
I absolutely love the camel pose. It opens the chest, allowing the lungs to take in an abundant amount of oxygen. In addition, it is believed that backbend poses, such as the camel, activate the adrenal glands; consequently invigorating the mind and body.
Right Nostril (Pingala) Breathing
In addition to the five energizing asanas, right nostril breathing can also provide energy.
To perform this type of breathing, place your right index finger over your left nostril, gently blocking the air supply. All of the other fingers should be spread out, pointed toward the heavens. Inhale and exhale with slow even breaths through the right nostril. Gurusahay Singh Khalsa, D.C., Dipl.Ac., recommends a starting time of 3 minutes. It is also recommended that you talk with a healthcare provider before performing right nostril breathing. In addition, those with high blood pressure or heart conditions should not perform this type of breathing.
I find pleasure in performing all five of these yoga poses, but I enjoy all asanas
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Rebecca completed courses in Medical Terminology, Administrative Medical Assisting, and Coding and Billing. She is recognized by the National Healthcareer Association as a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) and Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA). In addition, Rebecca is a former gymnast and is avid about yoga, swimming and other athletic activities.
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