July 13, 2013
Energize Your Life With 10 Yoga Poses (Part 2)
In my previous blog, I wrote about the first five yoga poses discussed by the Huffington Post. Here I continue the discussion with the last five: Chair, Half-Moon, Bridge, Locust, and Right Nostril Breathing.
As the name denotes, this pose looks like you are sitting in a chair. First, stand with feet together or hip-width apart. Then bend the lower body as if you were sitting in a chair. Raise your arms up straight to the ears and raise the chest up. According to one yoga instructor, “Sometimes in class, I refer to it as lighting bolt pose because [of] the amount of energy it creates in the body by using the big muscles of the legs and glutes while also creating a slight backbend, which awakens the spine.”
The Half-Moon pose can ward off stress and anxiety as well as help against fatigue. It is another balancing pose. To complete this pose, “In a forward fold, bring the right hand about 10 inches in front of you and slightly to the right, extending the left leg up while the hips and torso open. Extend the left arm up and hold the pose for five breaths before repeating on the other side.” Here’s a link to a good YouTube video.
This is another of my favorite poses that still today I use on tired afternoons. It is a back bend of sorts, only with more control and focus. To complete the Bridge, lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Lay your arms by your sides with palms down. Then lift your hips off the ground while leaving your neck and head flat touching the ground. Some interlace the hands while others leave the arms at the sides. Breathe five deep breaths and repeat several times. It is incredible how quickly the energy surges from this pose.
I always had a hard time with Locust. I just struggled with the pose, but it is a great strengthening pose. Here’s what you do: “Lie on your belly with arms by your side and palms down. Then, gently lift the arms, legs, chest and head off the floor and breathe deeply for five breaths, trying to lift up higher with each breath. Repeat three or four times, being careful not to strain the neck. For more of a challenge, extend the arms in front of you.”
This strengthening pose is definitely a challenge. With more practice, it gets better and better, though.
Right Nostril Breathing
The last yoga pose that the Huffington Post article discussed actually focused more on a breathing exercise. The Right Nostril Breathing is one that brings energy while the Left Nostril Breathing brings calming. This exercise requires participants to sit upright either in a chair or in a cross-legged position. Then you block the left nostril with the thumb while extending the fingers. Follow with taking long and deep breaths in and out of the right nostril for about five minutes.
Each of the poses is good for energizing the participant. I’m really excited to start yoga again, and grateful to the Huffington Post for this article. Take time to learn them as most are a five-minute rejuvenator. Maybe you too will find inspiration to learn more (or go back to) yoga just like I did. Happy Yoga!
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