Yoga poses to increase energy at anytime of day
Much of where our “energy” (to get up and be productive) comes from is an energy center that is located in our upper to mid abdominal region. This area is called our solar plexus.
This is why yoga poses that activate our abdominal muscles and poses that open and stretch this region are great to perform to help give us an energy boost.
In contrast, yoga poses that are more like forward folds will be more relaxing and not as energizing.
The poses I am going to share with you are a great way to naturally feel more awake and revitalized.
They are used to awaken our inner power and open our hearts which can help us conquer our day!
Keep in mind that many times our dip in energy is partially due to our thought patterns. Maybe the dip in energy happens at the same time every day and what can happen is we just get used to this. Our body is like “Oh it is 3 pm, I normally start to feel tired now.” Trust me I know I am working on this dilemma myself!
Taking some time to do a few energizing yoga poses will not only physically help wake up your body, it can also help you mentally feel more energized.
It’s is a great way to break up the old thought pattern of feeling tired.
Before doing the poses listed below, I recommend doing some type of warm-up. A few sun salutations are a great way to warm-up for yoga. I also recommend a cool down after the poses.
Here are your 5 yoga poses to feel more awake:
1. Revolved Crescent Pose
Twisting postures are really great at helping move the energy around our solar plexus which can help to make us feel more energized.
This pose can be modified by performing it with the back knee down in a low lunge.
2. Boat Pose (Navasana)
Boat pose is one of those yoga poses that really works the abdominal muscles. Activating our abs helps bring us a feeling of power and helps us feel ready to take on our day.
This pose can be modified by having the knees bent instead of straight.
3. Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
Camel pose deeply opens through the abdomen and chest which allows our energy to really flow. In this yoga posture we are very open to receive energy.
Backbend postures can help us feel energized while postures that are more forward bending in nature tend to be more relaxing.
You can modify this pose by having your hands on your low back instead of reaching for your ankles in which case you will not lean back so far.
4. Locust Pose (Salabhasana)
I added in this pose because it works our low back muscles (which are part of the core) while at the same time opening our chest. Both of which can increase the feeling of energy.
This pose can be modified by keeping the hand at your sides instead of having the hands clasped together behind you.
5. Warrior 2 Pose (Virabhadrasana 2)
Now warrior 2 isn’t specifically opening the chest or working the core but I included it because I find that this pose can really make you feel energized when you tap into the meaning of the pose.
We can receive extra benefits from yoga poses when we really try to embody the shape we are making in the postures.
Warrior 2 is a strong pose and is about embracing your inner warrior spirit. What I mean by warrior spirit is the energy that helps us face obstacles in life with courage in order to provide a higher good for the world.
In warrior 2, the arms are energized, the legs are energized, and our gaze is looking straight out where we want to go without fear.
The warrior spirit may frequently be hidden from many of us in everyday life. In this pose, really envision your warrior spirit and feel the power it can bring you.
I hope you enjoy these poses and feel a lovely boost in energy after performing them.
If you would like a full guided yoga flow designed to boost your energy, I have linked one right below. Namaste everyone.
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