We asked yoga expert, Kirsten Scott, for the ultimate 1-minute energy booster to get us through the dreaded 3pm slump. As the WFH life continues, many of us are finding we have less motivation than usual. Okay, maybe a lot less… Without our co-workers around to break up the day up with a chat or coffee run, that mid-afternoon crash is hitting real hard. Time to call on our SWIISH Wellness Expert…
Kirsten gave us her Top 3 yoga poses that can be done in less than a minute to boost our energy when we hit the wall!
THE 1-MINUTE ENERGY FLOW
Step 1: Start in Downward-Facing Dog pose (see image above for this position) or by simply lying face-down on your stomach.
Step 2: Hold for 10 breaths
This is also a great stretch for the front of the body after being hunched over a desk all day.
Kirsten’s Tip: Avoid locking your joints by having a slight “micro-bend” in your elbows, especially if you have a tendency to hyper-extend in that area.
Step 1: From Upward-Facing Dog pose, simply pike your hips upwards again and lift yourself back into Downward-Facing Dog before stepping one foot forward.
Step 2: Hold this pose for 5-10 deep breaths. Repeat this sequence and step the other foot forward. Hold for 5-10 deep breaths.
This variation of Low Lunge pose is not only an excellent way to bring energy into the pose, but also a really great hip and quad stretch. Practice this variation to improve your mood and release tension from the hips.
Step 1: From your previous position in Low Lunge With Arch, lift your back foot and bring it to the top of the mat so that you are standing. Then lay back onto the floor to enter this final position.
Step 2: Hands by your sides, lift your hips to the sky until there’s one long line from your knees down to your head. Hold for 10 breaths.
This deep backbend will stretch the entire front of your body and help improve your posture. It will also open your chest and shoulders, which is great if you find yourself often hunching and rounding your shoulders forward at your desk.
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