Lately I’ve been making a conscious effort to move my body more; whether that means an early morning workout with my BFF or even just doing 20 minutes of serious stretching, I’ve noticed a visible improvement in my mood and energy level when I’m more active! That said, I reached out to wellness blogger and yoga teacher Jeannine Morris to get her POV on a simply yoga move you can do to improve your energy…the best part? You can do it ANYWHERE. Here’s what Jeannine has to say:
Whether you’re trying to wake up in the morning or re-energize throughout the day, certain yoga poses draw energy into the body the way a shot of espresso helps you get through an afternoon slump. I’m talking backbends. Before you become intimidated, because you can’t yet get your full wheel, read on. The simplest backbends have the same benefits, and can be done even at your desk!
Simple backbends like cat/cow or camel pose help to elongate the spine, stimulate the nervous system and energize the body and mind. Start your morning off by working out the kinks before hopping into the shower, or if you’re hunched over a computer all day, simply take a few minutes at your desk to do a seated cat/cow.
Here’s how to do it:
- Start by clasping your hands and stretching your arms over your head
- Then on an inhale, arch your back by lifting your chest up and back and flipping your tail bone up (cow)
- Following your breath on an exhale, round the spine drawing your hip points and shoulders towards your belly button (like an angry cat)
- Allow your arms to move back and then forward with your shoulders
- Focus on moving with the breath for five to ten rounds as an afternoon pick-me-up