6 ENERGISING YOGA POSES
Kit yourself out in our brand new Active Stuff collection and try out our pick of the most energising yoga poses.
Om your mats, get set go!
Kneel on the floor with your legs hip distance apart. Rotate your thighs inwards and inhale to engage your stomach muscles. Keep your chin to your chest and your spine long before you drop your hands towards your heels.
Good for: Opening the shoulders, boosting your mood and energy levels.
DOWNWARD- FACING DOG
Start on your hands and knees with your hands shoulder- width apart. Take a deep breath in and on the exhale tuck your toes and lift your knees off the mat. Lift your pelvis to form an inverted v-shape and be careful not to lock your knees, as you gently ease your heels down towards the mat.
Good for: Building strength while stretching the whole body.
CROSS-LEGGED IN GYAN MUDRA
This simple pose is one that you can do anywhere after a long day. Sit on the floor with your legs crossed and hands (palm up) resting on top of your knees with your index finger and thumb touching. And breathe...
Good for: Relaxation.
Stand with your feet about 3.5ft apart. Turn your right foot out by 90° and your left foot in by 15°, aligning your right heel with the arch of your left foot. Lean to the right, reaching down with your right hand and up with your left, keeping your chest and hips facing forwards and your neck in line with your spine.
Good for: Strengthening legs, while opening hips and increasing spine flexibility.
Stand with your feet slightly apart and take hold of the top of your right foot with your right hand. Push your foot into your hand as you raise your leg and lean forwards. Reach out and slightly up with your other arm and keep your hips facing forwards. A straight standing leg is more important than the height you're lifting the one behind you.
Good for: Concentration, focus, balance and flexibility.
Start standing with your feet hip-distance apart. Place your left foot firmly on the floor and with your left hand grab your right ankle. Draw your foot up towards your pelvis, making sure you remain in neutral spine. When in place, relax and draw your arms up to the ceiling.
Good for: Balance.