Feeling lethargic? You can do a simple yoga routine for a quick energy boost. Certain styles of yoga can be especially effective for increasing circulation throughout the body, improving oxygen flow, and waking up the brain.
Doing a series of yoga poses to jumpstart your day -- or just to reboot in the middle of a stressful day -- can be a great way to maintain your healthy lifestyle. Relax with a cup of Lipton Hot Black Tea after your practice for additional warmth.
Here are eight energy-boosting yoga poses to try:
This move opens up your chest so that you can breathe in more oxygen. It can also stimulate the adrenal glands which will help you get going in no time. To perform this pose, kneel on the floor with your knees hip width apart and perpendicular to the floor. You'll be bending backwards slowly as you stretch your arms and head back to touch the soles of your feet.
This yoga pose will help to increase circulation throughout the body and will encourage you to breathe deeply. Start in a pushup position and lift your hips as you move into a classic downward dog pose. Take five breaths and then raise one heel toward the ceiling, then lower your opposite forearm to the floor. Keep both palms flat on the floor.
3. Pelvic Lift
This is a great yoga pose for releasing tension around the hips and thighs and will also increase circulation throughout the body. Perform this pose by lying on your back with your arms at your sides and bending the knees so that your feet are flat on the floor below your buttocks. Grab your ankles and inhale while lifting the hips up into the air while keeping your head, neck, and shoulders pressed into the floor. Tuck in your pelvis to avoid arching your back.
4. Tree Pose
If you're feeling unbalanced and low on energy, this can be a good grounding pose to help you feel more centered and also to restore energy. To perform this pose, stand with your feet planted firmly on the ground and slowly raise one foot to place it on the calf or inner thigh. Breathe deeply and hold your hands in a prayer position with your palms together and fingertips pointing upward. You'll want to hold this position for at least 60 seconds before repeating on the other leg.
This is one of my favorite yoga poses and will also help to restore your sense of balance. To perform this pose, you will need to straighten your left arm and keep your right foot between your hands. Slowly shift your weight onto your right foot and raise your left leg and torso to form a straight line parallel to the floor. Keep your arms and hands facing forward.
6. Arm Pumps
This is a good exercise for releasing tension in the upper back, neck, and shoulders. Releasing tension in these areas can free up some energy. To perform this exercise, interlace your fingers in front of your and clasp your knuckles with your palms facing inward. Inhale and bring your arms up over your head. Exhale as you lower your hands down to your knees.
7. Seated Cobra
This pose elongates the spine and can help to release energy and tension around your back and core muscles. This pose is performed while seated in a chair. Make sure your feet are pressed firmly on the floor and place your palms on your thighs with your fingers pointing towards your knees. Relax your shoulders and take a slow and steady breath in through your nose, then out as you lift your chest, lower your head back and arch back as far as you can. Breathe deeply and relax, then return back to the center.
8. Cat Pose
This is another good pose that stimulates the nervous system and can help to boost energy any time of day. To perform this pose, you'll need to kneel on all fours and round your back so your spine curves upward. Keep your neck and head relaxed as you inhale deeply and round your back as much as possible, then release.