10 Best Yoga Poses for Increased Energy
You’ll notice that most of these are back bends. Studies have shown that these are the best yoga poses for increasing energy, since they open up the front of the body and stretch through the spine. Click each one for in-depth instructions!
1. Cobra Pose
This one stretches through your upper back, neck, shoulders, and chest and it is great for reducing fatigue and bumping up energy levels.
2. Camel Pose
Camel pose is great for reducing both fatigue and anxiety. It’s also useful for mild back aches and easing menstrual pain.
3. Downward Dog
Known for offering a cleansing and rejuvenating stretch, downward dog offers tons of benefits. It provides relief for stress and mild depression as it energizes and strengthens the body. Down dog can also be therapeutic for high blood pressure and asthma.
4. Upward Facing Dog
Upward dog is a great chest opener (which, remember, means hella energy!), and much more. Anyone looking to improve their posture, strengthen their back and arms, or find relief for depression, fatigue, or sciatica should incorporate this pose into their practice!
5. Bow Pose
Not only does bow pose energize and de-stress the body, it provides relief from constipation and mild backache. It’s also helpful in relieving respiratory ailments.
6. Half Lord of the Fishes Pose
Yoga Journal cautions that anyone with spine injuries should consult an experienced teacher. Everyone else, enjoy! Half Lord of the Fishes pose relieves menstrual pain, fatigue, sciatica, and backache. It also energizes the spine provides a great stretch for places where people commonly hold tension: the shoulders, hips, and neck.
7. Wheel Pose
Not only is this pose incredibly energizing, it is also said to decrease depression. It stretches out the chest and lungs while strengthening the arms and wrists, legs, buttocks, abdomen, and spine. Wheel pose can even help out your thyroid!
8. Bridge Pose
Bridge pose can be helpful in lots of ways—it energizes, rejuvenates, and restores. It alleviates stress and symptoms of depression (noticing a trend?) while improving digestion. Bridge pose reduces anxiety, fatigue, backache, headache, and insomnia and can be therapeutic for osteoporosis.
9. Shoulder Stand
If you’ve had a neck injury, we recommend skipping this one. Everyone else, go for it! Shoulder stands boast the double-whammy of reduced fatigue and alleviated insomnia. It also relieves stress and depression. As a bonus, it tones up your legs and booty too!
10. Fish Pose
This is another one to skip if you’ve sustained a serious lower-back or neck injury. For the rest of you, it’s great for quick energy and alleviation of fatigue, anxiety, mild backache, and constipation.
Some Poses to End With
If you do all of those poses, your back will probably be a little tired! Here are some spine-releasing poses to balance out your practice.
- Strengthened legs and ankles
- Improved balance
- Shoulder and chest stretch
- Improved posture
- Front torso stretch
How to Reap More Benefits Through Superfoods
We’ve talked about how yoga is a great source of increased energy…but how do we stretch its benefits even more?
The first way is through the energizing magic of pre-yoga smoothies! This is a perfect way to incorporate even more superfoods into your diet that will help you reach your goals on and off the mat.
Ayurveda – what you should know!
Often called the “sister science” of yoga, Ayurveda is a system of taking care of the body that developed in the same region and at the same time as the tradition of yoga. The two are closely connected.
In Ayurvedic medicine it is taught that we can optimize our bodies through food—whole food, not fad diets. In practice, this means eating lots of superfoods.
We did a little research and put together the perfect pre-yoga smoothie recipe, full of energizing superfood goodness!
The Perfect Pre-Yoga Smoothie
- 1 serving of SUTRA Black
- 1 TBSP raw cacao
- 2 TBSP ground chia seeds
- A few drops of de-bittered Stevia
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 TBS of your favorite nut butter
- 1 cup of nut milk
Blend it all up and drink it down about an hour before you get on the mat for optimal pre-yoga energy!
A Post-Yoga Nightly Ritual
Yoga has lots of benefits besides increased energy—decreased inflammation, detox of the body, and a boosted metabolism are just a few. If you want to send those benefits through the roof with even more superfoods, look no further than SUTRA Gold.
Why SUTRA Gold is perfect for yogis
We talked about Ayurveda earlier. Well, you’ll be happy to know that SUTRA Gold contains two “golden” Ayurvedic superfoods: ginger and turmeric! Ginger is often called the “universal medicine” and touts benefits like encouraging healthy appetite, calms indigestion, and promotes healthy circulation. Turmeric does the same…but to an even greater extent!
Making a habit of drinking a hot cup of SUTRA Gold each night will do wonders for your practice! If you notice your joints are inflamed, you feel nauseous, or your digestive tract is having troubles, those things can all affect your practice…or, at the very least, your motivation to get on the mat!
This hot drink will help to counteract all those not-so-pleasant symptoms, and its superfood ingredients will help energize you for a new yoga sesh the next day!
If you don’t believe us, the proof is in the pudding…er, SUTRA.
Put it to the test today!