For the last month, I’ve been making a conscious effort to move more. I started wearing my fitness tracker again to count my steps, and track my sleep. While I seem busier than ever, one thing I love to do is short movement sessions. Afternoons are where I struggle with energy slumps, so I’ve taken to some short yoga sessions like this 10-minute warrior 2 sequence.
Sneaking in movement throughout my day is a way to stay active and keep my metabolism fired up. Whether it’s getting on my mat for yoga, taking the dog for ANOTHER walk, or dancing, there are a ton of ways to keep active. Honestly, I love little bursts of activity too, like push-ups against the kitchen counter while waiting for the kettle to boil for my morning tea.
This 10-minute class is perfect for a quick energy boost, and movement practice. You can view the video on YouTube. Maybe add it to a playlist? Above all, remember to subscribe to my channel. New videos are uploaded every Tuesday and Friday. However, for exclusive longer format videos sign up for my Patreon community. Patrons also get early access to all my videos, along with lots of other benefits.
Warrior 2 Sequence
Before we get into the standing portion of the Warrior 2 sequence, we begin with a warm up. For this class we begin seated in sukhasana and 3 grounding breaths, followed by some shoulder rolls.
After some arch and flatten we’ll bring the legs around and come onto all fours for cat and cow or some barrel rolls Then what I like to call “wagging the tail”.
With the warm up finished, tuck the toes and lift the hips into downward facing dog for 3-5 breaths. Then it’s into the Warrior 2 sequence. Lift the left leg into 3-legged dog and step it through to the front of the mat, rising into warrior 2.
After pausing for 3 breaths, return to downward facing dog and repeat on the other side. The second time through the routine, come to Warrior 2 and pause for a breath. Then place the right hand to the right thigh and lean the torso to the back of the mat. Settling into a reverse Warrior with the left arm rising. Return to Warrior 2, and downward dog, again repeating on the other side.
The third and final time we come into this sequence, we’ll repeat warrior 2 to reverse warrior three times. That’s to build strength and stamina in the legs. Grounding ourselves in place, just like a warrior. After again repeating on the other side, from downward facing dog settle into child’s pose for a few breaths. Rise back up and rediscover sukhasana for 3-5 breaths. Allowing the energy created to replenish your spirit.
- Are you something that likes a regular routine or are you impulsive?
- Do you struggle with energy slumps in your day?
- How do you keep active during the day?