Reset and Recharge with These 5 Energizing Yoga Poses
Reset and Recharge
The winter can be like glue, a substance that makes us stick to the couch and ignore all of the personal and professional progress we have made from Spring through Fall. This is certainly not uncommon, and it is not uncommon to take a rest or break from moving forward. Personally, I find that a break is amazingly healthy as long as you are mindful of it. In a recent emotional experience of losing my pet, I had become sort of catatonic. I was healing and aware but after week two of grieving, I knew I had to move back into my routine and move forward. It is cold here in Philadelphia (not terrible) but in some instances the cold made me close the door to taking a walk and instead of my daily Yoga and Meditation routine I sat on the couch streaming Australian TV series. It has been a progressive incline. I realized that the best thing I could do was to implement the most energizing and healing asana/yoga poses that I could find. For me gaining energy and stamina was a must. I started with just 5 poses and did some Bio-Hacking (Ice Bath | Earthing) that helped me push through emotionally and move forward to more energy physically.
1. Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Shvanasana) In this posture, maintain the even distribution of weight between your feet and your hands. Keep the hands apart adjusting them to shoulder width. Do an external rotation of the shoulders and hips. Do not overextend. This is the key pose as it calms down the active brain to helps relieve stress and depression. Besides all of the stretching benefits, it is an amazing energizer for the body. I found this pose to be #1 in the “resuscitation” of my being.
2. Plank Pose (Kumbhakasana) Get on your hands and knees in "Tabletop Position". Gaze slightly forward putting one leg back at a time keeping your feet hips distance apart. Engage and lengthen your spine, use your legs and cores to curve the tailbone slightly. This is a muscle toning and core toning pose but warms and energizes the body while increasing circulation. This pose prepares you for other kinds of arm balancing poses so it certainly helps with endurance. Hold this pose anywhere from 30 seconds and beyond.
3. Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana) Sit on your mat with your legs straight out in front of you in staff pose. You can sit on a small cushion or blanket. Bend your knees, putting your feet on the mat. Slide your right foot under your left leg placing it on outside of the left hip. Lay the outside of the right leg on the floor. Step the left foot over the right leg keeping it bent and outside your left hip. The left knee should be pointing up. Be sure you are actively grounding the feet and legs to the floor. Inhale placing your right arm on your left knee and your right hand on the ground while moving into a twist. Exhale and on the inhalation find space and move further into the twist. This is a great pose to improve increase digestion, energizing the spine and specific for elimination. Helps with detox.
4. Ego Eradicator or (Pranayama Breath of Fire) The powerful inhalations and exhalations of Breath of Fire help to bring oxygen to your body, brain, and lungs and pushes us to “wake up.” Sit in a simple cross-legged position, raise arms overhead to make a V shape overhead. Point your thumbs toward one another with the other fingers folded. Proceed with the Breath of Fire, using a two-minute sequence of quick, forceful breaths that are analogous to that of a panting dog. Your breath should look like short powerful inhalations and exhalations at a relative rate of 2-3 breaths per second. Feel your belly contract with each exhalation and pump air in on each inhalation. Your stomach becomes a pump here and should move firmly and forcefully with the breath. When you get your breaths to be equal in length you can close your mouth and do this radical breath from your nose. When doing the Breath of Fire hold this position for 1-3 minutes.
5. Tree Pose (Vrksasana) Start in mountain pose or a simple standing position. Take your weight onto your (either left or right) left foot and bend your right knee grasping your right ankle. With your right hand grasping your ankle place the sole of your right foot against the inner thigh of your left leg with the heel of your foot as close to your groin as possible. Take your hands off of your ankle raising them to your waist while pressing the sole of the right foot against the inner thigh When you feel the sense of balance bring your hands together in front of your chest in a prayer position. As a variation to your hands in prayer you can also raise your hands above your head, opening up the rib cage. Try staying in this pose as long as you can. Start with 5-10 seconds and then work your way up to 30 seconds and a minute. Repeat the sequence with the opposite foot.
Tree Pose is a basic yoga pose used to promote balance and centering. I love this pose because it allows me the opportunity to imagine myself as a tree, breathing and rooting deeply in the earth. The image of a tree is majestic and grounding with air that moves into my lungs relaxing my body into the pose. I find this pose both energizing and grounding which are also key ingredients in motivation.
In closing, these 5 poses are my core for the next few weeks while I slowly change my routine and gain energy. Implementing a winter routine with energizing and strengthening Asana will help you in moving forward during the gluey winter blues.
What are your favorite poses to energize and uplift?Write in our comments section!
Soorya Kirti Kaur @ The Yama Yoga Store
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