Feeling sluggish? De-motivated? Or just generally feel like you're always catching up on things you need to do, and you can never fully relax? Our modern day lives can leave us feeling depleted of energy. Work, kids, chores, helping others - the list is endless and all of these things are ongoing. I once read that on the day you die, you won't have washed up that last dish, or swept the floor for the last time…these things will never be 'finished'. So although these things need to be done, it is equally, if not more, important to take the time to rest, recuperate and restore energy for yourself. Have you heard of the saying:

Drink as you pour.

?

It means that we should only give as much to others as we give to ourselves - the more we focus on self-love, the more we can give to others.

These yoga poses focus on restoring energy for yourself. Any time you practice yoga, you are practicing self-love, as you are fully focussing on just you. Some poses in particular, such as the ones below, will help restore energy by bringing prana (what yogis call the 'life force') back into your body through breath and movement.

Try to complete these every day for a week, remembering to focus on the breath with each pose.

1) Virkasasana

(tree pose)

Tree Pose
  • Stand up straight on your mat, feet together, spine straight, neck tall and gazing directly in front. 
  • Bring your hands together in prayer position, and slowly lift your right leg off the floor. 
  • Trace your toes up your left leg as you lift and bend your right leg. Come to a resting point wherever is comfortable - the aim is not to raise your leg as high as you can, but to raise it to a point where you can focus on your balance. 
  • Hold for 5 breaths, slowly lower your right leg, and repeat on the other side.

2) Virbhadrasana

Warrior 1

Warrior 1 Pose
  • Stand with your feet about 3 feet apart, with your hips facing forward at the top of your mat. 
  • Turn out your right (back) for slightly to a 45 degree angle to help balance in the pose. 
  • Slowly bend your front left leg, lifting your arms up as you do so. 
  • Ground both feet into the floor, making sure there is equal weight distribution between your 2 feet. 
  • Keep your arms strong and your spine straight - don't try to arch backwards.
  • Hold for 5 breaths, and then repeat on the other side. 

3) Virbhadrasana

Warrior 2

Warrior 2
  • Stand with your feet slightly further apart than in Warrior 1 pose, this time with your hips facing square instead of forwards. 
  • Bend your right leg (the one in front), and as you do so bring your arms out to the side. 
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed and your arms strong. 
  • Gaze at your right middle finger.
  • Hold for 5 breaths, and then repeat on the other side.

4) Utkatasana

(Chair Pose)

Chair Pose
  • Stand with your feet together on your mat. 
  • Slowly bend your knees and lift your arms up above your head - if this is too difficult, bring your hands together in prayer position in front of your chest. 
  • Sit back as you bend your knees, as if you were going to sit on a chair. 
  • Only bend your knees so far so that when you look down, you can see your toes peeping out in front of your knees. 
  • Hold for 1 minute (if possible), focussing on breathing in and out evenly.

5) Balasana

(Childs Pose)

Childs Pose
  • Kneel on your mat, touch your toes together, and with your knees either touching or spaced apart (whichever feels more comfortable for you), bend down to rest your forehead on your mat. 
  • Place your arms either out in front or by your sides.  
  • This pose is accessible to everyone. 
  • By focussing solely on your breath, feel any tension in your back and neck area relieve. 
  • Hold for 1 minute, then slowly come out of the pose. 
  • You should feel restored, if only slightly, immediately after this pose.

Written by Carina Pullen - a mother, triathlete, beach loving yogi. Her love and passion for teaching & practicing yoga is contagious and I'm so excited that she is going to share a 12 week yoga series with you!

This HEALTHY YOU yoga series will target not only the whole body, but will take you through poses that boost your health and wellbeing in ALL areas - physical, mental and emotional.

*if you have any questions about this yoga series then feel free to contact Carina.


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