There is arguably nothing worse for your mood during the working day than running out of energy when you have still got a tonne to do! The following energising yoga sequence can easily be done anywhere in a relatively short window of time. Doing so will help to boost your energy levels and get you back on the productivity track until the day draws to an end.
1 – So, to get things started you will need to get into Anaha-tasana (Heart Chakra Pose), which requires you being on the floor on all fours. Your shoulders should be slightly forward of your wrists and your hips should be slightly forward of your knees. Walk your hands forwards as you bow your stomach and throat towards the floor. Once your arms are fully extended you should fix your gaze straight ahead and hold this pose for five deep breaths.
2 – Next, you will need to release this pose to come back onto all fours, keeping your hands slightly forward from your shoul-ders. You will now enter Ado Mukha Sva-nasana (Downward Facing Dog with Revolved Twist). Straighten your legs as you lift your hips and ensure that your arms are pressed firmly into the floor but that your neck is relaxed. Bring your right hand to meet your left leg and turn your torso to the left, making sure that your left arm stays straight. Hold this pose for five breaths and then swap to the other side.
3 – You must then once again come back onto all fours, ready to enter the plank position. You are about to go into Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose). Go into the plank position and then slowly lower your belly close to the ground. Push your chest forwards and ensure that your arms are straight as you hold this pose for five deep breaths. You can then lift your belly back up and go into Downward Facing Dog.
4 – From Downward Facing Dog you can move into a standing position and then go to the front of your mat ready to go into Utkatasana (Chair Pose). Bend both of your knees slightly as your hips drop down and your torso remains upright. The weight of your body should be resting on your heels. Extend your arms above your head, shoulder-width apart, with your palms open and facing each other. Hold this pose for five deep breaths.
5 – You are now going to go into Parivrtta Utkatasana (Chair Pose Twist). Bring your palms back down to-wards the centre of your chest and breathe out as you bring your left elbow to meet your right thigh. Your palms should now be clasped together and pushing into each other as you open your chest to the right. Hold this position for five breaths and then repeat on the other side.
6 – You can now move into a neutral standing position ready to go into Trikonasana (Triangle Pose). From your standing position take a long step to your right and then rotate your left toes inwards by 15-degrees. Your right toes should then be rotated outwards by 90-degrees. Reach both of your arms down parallel to the floor and then bring your right hand to meet your right ankle. Your head and chest should then move into a slight bend as you twist your torso to-wards the ceiling. Hold for five breaths and then re-peat on the other side.
7 – Release from this pose by going back into a neutral standing position and you will be ready to enter Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose). Lower yourself down to your knees and then bring both of your feet out in front of you. Fold your right leg so that your knee is pushed out to the side and move your legs to create a 100-degree wide angle. You must then lower your left shoulder to meet your left thigh and extend your right arm over your body to reach past your ear. Lean back ever so slightly and twist your body to almost face the ceiling. As your chest lengthens you will drop your head into a backbend. Hold for five deep breaths and then return to the sit-ting position before repeating on the other side. You can then return to the sitting position again ready to enter your final pose.
8 – The final pose in my energising yoga se-quence is Malasana (Squat Pose). Move your body into a squat position with your feet together and your knees apart. Bring your hands together in front of your body in prayer position and rest your elbows on your knees as you feel the flow of energy go through your body and into the ground. Hold this pose for five deep breaths and you are then ready to release the pose and get back to your day!