Need a little pick-me-up today? Try out my free mini class!
In less than 10 minutes, you'll open your heart, twist and invert your way into joy. This combines poses in my "Build Your Energy with Asana" list below into a quick video for you to use whenever you need a break from the COVID-19 drain.
*Don't practice if you have any issues and/or injuries in your back, knees, ankles, neck and/or shoulders.
Build Your Energy With Asana
Inversions, twists and poses that stretch your chest (heart openers) are wonderful to practice when you need a little more "oomph" in your mood. Here are some of my favorites. These poses may not be appropriate for you based on your musculoskeletal history and/or current injuries/issues. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions!
- Lay on your back with knees bent, feet on the floor. Slowly lift your hips towards the ceiling. Press your heels down into the floor. Reach the crown of your head towards the top of your mat to lengthen your neck.
- Floor Bow
- Lay on your stomach. Bend knees and capture your feet with your hands. Lift your chest and thighs off the mat, kicking your feet into your hands.
- Half Pigeon with a quad stretch or Mermaid
- Avoid if you have any knee, ankle or hip issues.
- From table top or down dog, take your right knee on the ground on the side of the knee. Left leg extends behind straight from the hip. Square hips to floor. Stay lifted on hands or lower down to floor or block.
- From table top, lower stomach towards floor keeping arms straight. Draw shoulder blades towards spine.
- Downward Facing Dog
- From plank, shift hips up and back creating an inverted "v" with your body. Press flat palms into the ground. Plug arms into shoulder sockets. Lift tailbone towards ceiling. Relax heels towards the floor.
- Revolved Crescent
- From high Crescent with right leg in front, bring hands to heart and hinge forward at the hips. Twist and place left elbow on right leg.
About the Author:
Tiffany Lord is a private yoga coach, founder of Love + Asana and resident instructor for the International Headache Center. Her passion is helping people reconnect to their bodies for more strength, flexibility and confidence with a personalized approach to movement & mindfulness. She truly believes whether you feel "out of shape" from persistent pain, past injuries or a stressful life change, you can feel better and live the life you want with yoga.