Long, hot summer days can make us tired and sluggish.
Try practicing these yoga poses for some extra energy this summer!
This beginner back-bend is often given as an alternative to Wheel pose in yoga class. This pose strengthens and lengthens the back and abdominal muscles while improving posture and confidence.
Benefits: Strengthens back muscles. Stretches chest, neck, and spine. Gives calmness to brain and reduces stress.
Utkatasana will strengthen your legs, torso and arms. Holding this pose for extended periods will build stamina, endurance and mental determination. Take it slowly, maintain your correct alignment and be sure to find a variation or modification that works best for you.
Benefits: Strengthens the ankles, thighs, calves and spine. Stimulates the abdominal organs, diaphragm and heart. Stretches the Achilles tendons and shins, and is known to be therapeutic for flat feet.
Warrior II can be an effective way to build a feeling of inner strength and power. As you practice this pose on a regular basis, you will grow in your ability to face daily battles with ease and grace.
Benefits: Strengthens the legs and arms, opens the chest and shoulders, tones the abdomen. Warrior II also improves stamina, endurance, balance and concentration.