We asked yoga expert, Kirsten Scott, for the ultimate energy-booster… and boy did she deliver with this 1-Minute Power Yoga Flow that you can use any time of day.
Designed to be done in a consecutive yoga flow, below you’ll find Kirsten’s top 3 yoga poses that can be done in less than a minute whenever you need a little movement!
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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