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5 Yoga Poses to Boost Energy

We all know that afternoon slump. You’ve just had lunch, and now it feels like it should be nap time.

At this point, many of us turn to coffee, energy drinks, or other energy supplements to shake off the afternoon drowsiness. But what if there was a natural way to gain energy, without having to consume calories or caffeine?

There is!

Yoga is a great way to flood the brain with fresh oxygen rich blood, which allows us to feel more focused, alert, and energized!

Here we will go over 5 yoga poses to boost energy and help you feel more focused!

These poses are perfect for beginners, and advanced yogis.

Who can benefit from these poses?

  • Anyone feeling sluggish or fatigued
  • Those who suffer from afternoon drowsiness
  • Anybody who needs a quick boost in energy

Try these poses after lunch at home, at work, or on the go! On a long road trip? Have a quick stretch for an energy boost at your next pit stop!

Hold each pose for 3 – 5 deep breaths.

#1 Downward Facing Dog

Downward facing dog is the perfect pose for getting the blood pumping to the brain and the extremities.

By getting the head lower than the heart, The brain receives a fresh blood and oxygen supply which eliminates fatigue!

  • Starting on your hands and knees with legs hip width apart, press into your feet
  • Raise your hips toward the ceiling until you feel a stretch down the back of your legs. Spread your fingers out wide
  • Push your heart towards the floor and try to straighten your spine
  • Pull your shoulders away from your ears and lengthen your neck and feel the stretch in your armpit area
  • Stretch your heels toward the floor

#2 Standing Forward Fold

Another great way to get a quick energy boost no matter where you are is standing forward fold.

With this pose you can feel a nice stretch in all of the back and hamstring muscles, as well as feeling the energy boosting effects.

  • Starting by standing with feet hip width apart
  • Hinge forward at the hips toward your toes
  • Continue bending as far as you like, aiming the top of your head to the floor
  • Straighten your arms to rest your fingertips or palms on the floor
  • Keep the knees slightly bent

#3 Wide Legged Forward Fold

Standing wide legged forward fold in the gym.

Wide legged forward fold is the perfect way to wake you up if you’ve been sitting at work or in a car for a long time.

By lengthening the back and opening the hips, this pose is able to align the spine and relieve shoulder tension, as well as giving quick relief from fatigue.

  • Starting by standing with legs spread wider than the hips
  • Hinge forward at the hips toward your toes
  • Continue bending as far as you like, aiming the top of your head to the floor
  • Straighten your arms to rest your fingertips or palms on the floor
  • Keep the knees slightly bent

#4 Upward Salute with a Bend

Upward salute with a gentle backbend in the gym.

All backbends are powerfully energizing postures. They allow increased blood flow throughout the entire body, which is exactly what we want when looking for more energy!

Upward salute with a bend allows you to be the judge on how far to arch. Bend a little, or bend a lot. But it’s the perfect way to shake off that afternoon grogginess no matter where you are!

  • Start by standing
  • Raise both arms to the sky and clasp your hands together, point to the sky.
  • Look toward your hands
  • Start to bend back, pointing backward and following your fingers with your gaze
  • Stop and hold wherever you feel a stretch

#5 Standing Side Bend

Standing side bend in the gym.

By lengthening the sides and the ribcage, we are able to expand the lungs more fully and flush the system with fresh oxygen.

The bend in the spine also relieves tension in the back by releasing pressure between the vertebrae.

  • Start by standing
  • Raise both arms to the sky and clasp your hands together, point to the sky.
  • Look toward your hands
  • Start to bend to one side, pointing toward that wall and following your fingers with your gaze
  • Lengthen through the ribs with each breath
  • Repeat to the other side

Now you can go tackle the rest of your day feeling energized and focused! No more afternoon energy drinks or coffee!

What do I need before I get started?

You don’t need anything in order to start practicing yoga except for your own motivation!

However, having some of these things can be helpful, and can make us feel more motivated and confident in our practice!

Here are some of my favorites! :

Yoga Block (Set of 2) High Waist Yoga Pants for Women Yoga Mat

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of 5 yoga poses to boost energy!

Which of these poses is your favorite? Has one of these poses helped you in some way? Inspire others by commenting below!

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