While it’s always nice to have a luxuriously supine bed rot day, sometimes you have to get up and get moving — and that’s when energizing yoga poses can come in handy. Yoga is known to be relaxing, meditative, and stress-relieving, but it can also get your blood pumping if you add certain postures to your flow.
“The most energizing yoga poses focus on stretching and lengthening the body, particularly the spine,” says Rachel Hirsch, a yoga teacher, co-founder, and director of Empowered Yoga. Doing a backbend or a cat-cow, for example, can feel like a jolt of caffeine, she says. Heart-opening yoga poses, intense stretches that engage your core and other major muscle groups, and postures that require active movement will also help wake you up, says Aine Rock, a certified 200-hour yoga instructor. “These poses mostly concentrate on opening the chest, activating the spine, and enhancing blood flow throughout the body,” she tells Bustle. “Additionally, they involve conscious breathing, which helps in oxygenating the body and revitalizing the mind.”
Whether you wake up groggy or are in the throes of a mid-afternoon slump, flowing through these moves can work as a movement-based alternative to caffeine — and even offer a dose of motivation and mental clarity, depending on what you choose. The next time you’re feeling blah, try a few of these energizing yoga poses for a little pep in your step.
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Rachel Hirsch, yoga teacher, co-founder, director of Empowered Yoga
Aine Rock, certified 200-hour yoga instructor, breath-work facilitator, and integrative life coach
Janet Smith, certified yoga teacher
Rebecca Benenati, yoga teacher, CEO of Wellborn Lifestyles
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