Top 5 Yoga Poses for a Natural Energy Boost
Ever feel like a cup of coffee and morning shower just aren’t enough to get you going?
I’m with you. I wouldn’t consider myself a morning person, by any means.
The good news is, there are other things you can do to shake up your stagnant energy in the morning and give you an invigorating start to your day.
Today I want to touch on some specific yoga poses that will spark your life force and make you feel more awake, give you a natural surge of energy, and keep you feeling radiant!
If you want a quick jumpstart to your day, consider ditching your daily cup of coffee and try these 5 yoga postures instead.
1. Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
Tree pose requires balance, deep mental focus, and a strong core. Done with intention, it also helps improve your posture. In last week’s blog, we talk about how important good posture is for our energy.
Try this version with arms reaching towards the sky. There is a primal high-energy mentality to raising your arms — it’s the “body language of victory.” It’s been discovered that people have a natural instinct to raise their arms when feeling pride or joy. Even people blind since birth (having never seen it in others) will raise their arms when something wonderful happens.
2. Camel (Ustrasana)
Backbends stretch your chest, increase your spinal flexibility, and give you an extra energy boost by exciting the nervous system. You could say that backbends are like a shot of espresso without the caffeine!
Note: Camel is a pretty intense backbend. I highly recommend warming up your spine before attempting this pose. Consider using these morning yoga poses as a gentle warm-up, especially the Cat/Cow spinal movement.
Planking increases circulation, builds heat, and of course, strengthens our core.
A strong core directly affects our overall health. It’s the center of our being. A strong and flexible core also improves our posture, which boosts our productivity, mood, and energy.
Common variations include: Classic plank, forearm plank, side plank, lifted leg. Try any version; they all have benefits!
4. Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)
Upward Facing Dog is another backbending posture (yoga’s all-natural “espresso shot”), but a bit less intense than Camel. It will strengthen your back muscles as well as stretch your chest and increase the flexibility of your spine.
By opening up our chest and lengthening our spine, we create more space to take in expansive breaths. The breath brings energy and life force into the body.
5. Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana II)
Warrior 2 is a “power posture.” Power postures have been shown to lower cortisol (the stress hormone) and raise testosterone. These hormonal effects increase our feeling of power, confidence, and energy. Check out Amy Cuddy’s famous TED talk if you’re fascinated by this topic like I am!
When doing Warrior 2, don’t be afraid to go big! Broaden your collarbone. Lengthen your spine. Stretch your arms out wide and feel the energy expanding out through the fingertips.
That concludes our 3-part series on all things energy!