The best feedback I receive at the end of my classes is when students tell me it feels like they got a massage but they’re awake and ready to tackle the rest of their day.
By breathing deeply from your belly in yoga poses, you activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps calm you down.
This is why you can be working really hard but still feel calm after you rise from your Savasana at the end of class. If you learn how to breathe correctly and activate your parasympathetic nervous system, you’ll be able to better control your emotions.
This is also why practicing standing poses is so great to help pick you up from an afternoon slump or wake you up when you’re feeling really tired in the middle of a busy day.
Craft your practice
A couple weeks ago I shared a short yoga practice that is great as a mid-day break. This week, I’m adding on to that mid-day break with three standing poses.
Warrior 2, Extended Side Angle and Revere Warrior are all standard yoga poses that you’ll find in most Vinyasa and Power Yoga classes. You can think of these as core poses that make up a standard yoga class.
These poses require you to have strong legs, a strong core, and open hips and upper body. These poses stretch the side of the body and help you take deeper, longer breaths. These poses are all-around power poses to help you wake up, feel your body, and breathe better.
So, if you only have 10 minutes or less and you need a quick pick-me-up of energy without the negative side effects of caffeine or energy drinks, try these 3 poses
If you have about 20 minutes, try combining the more mellow Yoga Practice 2 I shared a couple weeks ago with the Yoga Practice 3 today for an extra shot of feel-goodness.
Keep this Energizing Yoga Poses video in your favorites and come back to it anytime you need that energy boost to get you through the rest of the day with a clear, calm, and confident mind and body.
By Ashley Josephine
I started practicing yoga to stay in shape and release stress. What I learned was how to love my life. How to have faith. How to find your community of people who support you and love you unconditionally. How to get back control. Today, it is my mission to help busy Type-A overachiever women like me gain back control of their lives, live pain-free, and love the life they want to live through yoga lifestyle practices. Visit www.ashleyjosephine.com to get free yoga lifestyle tips to help live healthier, happier, and pain-free.
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