January is the time of the year when we all feel a little bit 'blah' at times, this yoga sequence is for those times! I have put together 5 yoga poses for energy that you can do at anytime when you are feel your energy slump. I know I often get hit with a lack of energy around 2:30pm which is why I often fit in my personal yoga practice around that time.
5 Yoga Poses for Energy
1 + 2. Cat and Cow - Come into table top position making sure that the wrists, elbows and shoulders are in one long line and the knees and hips are stacked. On your next inhale, drop your belly as your draw your chest through the shoulders and bring the gaze up. Make sure not to crunch the back of the neck. On your next exhale, push the mat away from you as you round the shoulders, arch the spine and bring the gaze toward the navel. Repeat this sequence with your own breath, moving as fast or as slow as what feels good.
3. Downward facing dog - Tuck your toes and then super slowly begin to lift your hips up and back, moving into downward facing dog. If it is your first one of the day take your time here. No rush! You can keep your knees bend to begin and focus on pushing the mat away from you, drawing down through your arm pits towards the floor and lengthening the low back. When you feel ready to (keeping that length you created in the low back) begin to send the heels down towards the mat, you can pedal the feet out here a little if you like.
4. Low lunge with hands behind head variation - From downward dog step the right foot forward in between your hands and then slowly lower the left knee and left foot down to the mat (tip: if you have sensitive knees you can grab a blanket for extra padding), interlace the fingers and place the hands behind the back on the head. On an exhale send the hips forwards, keeping the thighs drawing towards one another and begin to lift up through the chest. Keep the back of the neck long.
5. High lunge - From your low lunge release the hands down the the mat then push the mat away with the feet as you rise up to high lunge. If it feels good lift the hands up towards the sky, if that doesn't feel great you can keep your hands at heart centre.
From here you can step back to downward dog or move through a vinyasa and then repeat the sequence on the other side.
Related: 30 Minute Energise Yoga Flow
I hope you enjoy! Let me know in the comments below if you have any poses or mini sequences you love to do to energise.
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