Don’t let Fatigue Get the Best of You; Break out the Yoga Mat for some Re-energizing Poses!
I’ve had a long day, filled with appointments with clients, paying bills, and running errands. As I approach home, all I can think of is taking off my shoes and enjoying a lovely glass of wine as I melt into the couch. My escape into a heavenly relaxation is quickly interrupted when I arrive home and am greeted by my boisterous beagle, Mikey. He has entertained himself for the better part of six hours today and has built up his energy reserve for my arrival—it’s playtime. I’m going to have to put off my Merlot and couch melting for at least another hour, but where will I possibly find the energy to keep up with Mikey?
He wags his tail and barks, impatiently waiting for me to change into my comfy clothes. We head out to the backyard with the tennis ball and between throws across the long stretch of grass, I quickly get into a few of my favorite energy boosting yoga poses. I choose poses that help to open the muscles around my rib cage allowing me to deepen my breathing and bring more energizing oxygen to my blood; inhaling rejuvenation and exhaling the old, stale energy. Six poses later, both Mikey and I are ready for a long walk together.
If you feel like you’ve been in a similar low-energy situation and were in need of an energy boost, then try these yoga poses next time to help you bring fresh oxygen and vitality to your body!
3. Release your shoulder blades down your back and exhale tilting your torso to one side as you continue reaching up through the sternum and out through the fingers. Keep the palms parallel.
4. Inhale back to center then take a side stretch to the other side.
MORE YOGA POSES TO BOOST ENERGY
Click on the following poses for individual pose instruction:
VIRABHADRASANA II (Warrior II Pose)
Strengthen your thighs, arms & shoulders with this pose!
TRIKONASANA (Triangle Pose)
This strong, graceful yoga pose will leave you long and lean!
PARSVAKONASANA (Side Angle Pose)
This pose will strengthen your obliques & thighs!
USTRASANA (Camel Pose)
Improve your posture and stretch your abdomen with Camel Pose!
PARSVOTTANASANA (Intense Side Stretch)
Use this pose to reduce menstrual pain & improve digestion!
PRANAYAMA (Alternate Nostril Breathing)
Reduce stress with these simple breathing exercises!
Practicing these yoga poses in times of fatigue will help to boost your energy in no time. So the next time you get home from work or running errands and your kids, pets, or even your spouse demand your attention, pull out the yoga mat and tell them to give you twenty minutes!
Article Written By: Megan Helgeson is a freelance writer on health and wellness, a yoga instructor, and a personal lifestyle trainer--helping you get the most out of life with home organization, time management, nutrition, positive intention, and goal setting. Contact Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org**Don’t forget to ask about Diva Yoga Parties in Orange County.