Yoga can be calming and grounding. It can also be energising. These three energetic yoga poses are perfect for recharging and revitalising the body to keep you strong, flexible and open to what each day brings.
Anjaneyasana (Crescent lunge)
This is a fantastic energising pose that activates the major muscle groups of your core and lower body, opens your heart, and gets the energy flowing along your spine.
- Root the front foot with the knee directly above the ankle.
- Straighten the back leg.
- Distribute the weight back onto the toes as the rear heel pushes towards the earth.
- Tuck the pelvis and draw the inner thighs towards each other.
- Lift the rib cage to open your heart and lungs.
- Extend the spine.
- Raise the arms straight, without bending elbows or the wrists.
- Clasp hands together or separate them with palms facing and fingers spread.
Wheel pose is a challenging, invigorating posture that creates great space in the body. The amazing front body stretch and compression of the spine reverse our normal posture, rebalancing our energy and opening our hearts.
- Lie on your back with the soles of your feet on the floor, close to your bum, feet hip width apart and parallel to the sides of the mat.
- Place your hands on the floor just above your shoulders with fingers spread wide, finger tips pointing towards your shoulders.
- Contract your inner thighs so they pull together, but maintain hip width distance.
- Send your arm bones into their sockets so that you feel your shoulder blades come on to your back. Your elbows are moving towards one another but stay at shoulder width.
- Press evenly into your feet to lift your hips and lower back off the mat.
- Press into your palms and lift your upper torso off the mat, bringing the crown of your head to touch on the mat.
- Check that your inner thighs and inner upper arms are still pulling towards each other, with hands and feet planted firm. Then press into your palms again to straighten the arms and lift your head off the floor.
- Relax your neck and let it hang with gravity.
Adho Kukha Shvanasana (Downward-facing dog)
Downward-facing dog is a great posture for immediately activating and engaging the whole body, at the beginning of your practice, or as a reset from the stress of the day. It engages the major muscle groups, stimulates the digestion and elongates the spine.
- Start on your hands and knees, with knees directly below your hips and your hands slightly ahead of your shoulders.
- Place your palms with index fingers parallel and turn your toes under.
- Exhale and lift your knees away from the floor.
- Keep the knees slightly bent and the heels lifted away from the floor.
- Lengthen your tailbone away from the back of your pelvis then lift your sit bones.
- Push your top thighs back and stretch your heels toward the floor.
- Straighten your knees but be sure not to lock them.
- Press the base of your index fingers into the floor, keeping your arms firm.
- Lift your inner arms from the wrists to the tops of the shoulders.
- Keep your head between the upper arms, relaxed but not hanging.
What’s your favourite energising yoga pose? Share in the comments!