Following on from week 4 where we focussed on restoring energy generally throughout the body, this week focusses on poses to help improve your mental energy and clarity. If you wake up feeling drowsy or 'foggy' and find yourself reaching for a coffee before you can do anything else, try these yoga poses instead as a natural way to boost your mental energy.

These work best if you do them first thing in the morning: wake up, drink some water and go straight into the poses.

We're all super busy first thing in the morning, so I've narrowed it down to 3 key poses this week so that it's doable for anyone.

It should only take 3 minutes - 1 minute per pose - and you're off for the day!

1) Headstand

Sirsasana

Headstand

Yup, the best first thing to do in the day is to turn yourself upside down!

While this pose might seem scary if you've never tried it before, there are plenty of variations you can do.

*Unless you are suffering from neck pain or extreme headaches/migraines, feel free to give this pose a go.

  • Kneel down on your mat, clasp your fingers together and place the tops of your palms on the floor in front of you. place your head so it sits comfortable on your palms. lift your hips upwards by pushing up from your feet and slowly walk your feet towards your head.
  • If this feels enough - then hold here! Otherwise, slowly lift one foot off the floor, keeping your balance on your head and palms. You shouldn't feel any pressure on your head, carry the weight of your head in your hands. If this feels ok, slowly lift the other foot off the floor.
  • To progress, lift your hips further and straighten your legs into full headstand.

*Try this pose against a wall to start with to keep yourself from falling over. If it's very uncomfortable on your head, use some blankets and/or a pillow for extra cushioning.

Hold for 30 seconds - 1 minute.

2) Eagle pose

Garudasana

Eagle Pose

This pose helps to reduce brain fog by getting you to focus on your balance above anything else.

  • Stand up straight on your mat, feet together. Bend your knees slightly, lift your left foot and cross your left thigh over the right. Hold the balance on the right foot! Hook the top of your left foot behind the lower right calf.
  • Bring your arms together in front, and cross them one in front of the other so that the right arm is above the left. Bend your elbows and face the backs of your hands towards each other.

Hold for 1 minute, then repeat on the other leg.

3) Shoulder stand

Sarvangasana

Shoulder Stand

This is another great pose to increase blood flow to the brain, just like we did with the headstand.

  • Lie back on your mat and bend your knees, with your arms by your side.
  • Exhale, press your arms against the floor and push your feet away from the floor, using your core to bring your thighs towards your torso. Now place your hands on your mid-back to support you as you lift further. Straighten one leg at a time as you lift them towards the sky.
  • At full shoulder stand, your chin should be tucked against your chest and you should try to make your body as straight as possible. If this is difficult, you can modify the pose by using a wall (walk your feet up the wall as you lift upwards) or simply staying in the pose without fully extending your legs.

*The pose should not hurt your neck at all - if you feel any strain here, do not do the pose.

Hold for 30 seconds, gently come down and then go again for another 30 seconds.


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 6 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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