Energy is one of those things that most people wish they had more of. However, what I find is sometimes I have the energy but it’s frantic, it’s unfocused, and haphazard. Thankfully, Yoga can help with both lack of energy and focus. For this purpose, I created a 15-minute class specifically about yoga for energy and focus.
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Yoga for energy and focus
In this yoga class, we’ll focus on activating the Pingala Nadi, to energize and invigorate. Initially we’ll begin with noticing our breath, and specifically for the remainder of the class sending our breath in and out the nose. After our breathing scan, we’ll mobilize with cat and cow moving with the breath.
After more movement with breath in downdog, come to sit in vajrasana, thunderbolt pose. In this pose the spotlight is the heart center shining forward. Opening the chest. After holding for a few anchoring breaths come into downward dog and then sweep the right leg through to low lunge.
In anjaneyasana, reach the arms forward. To work on our yoga for energy and focus we add movement and breath. Holding the lunge, on the inhale reach the right arm up and back opening to a twist. Repeat this 3 times, before stepping back into downdog and repeating on the other side.
Now that the energy is rising we’ll end this practice with some breathwork. A variation of nadi shodana pranayama called Surya bhedana, Right nostril breathing. The right nostril is the Pingala nadi or energy pathway. We’ll use our hand/fingers to block the left nostril and only send the breath in and out the right side.
This 15-min yoga for energy and focus uses breath ends seated to retain the energy. As you go about your day, notice your breath. If you feel sluggish, notice which nostril feels more open. In yoga the left side is the relaxation side, and the right the energetic. If you feel low-energy perhaps repeat the pranayama we practiced for an energy boost.
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- How are your energy levels lately?
- Do you have problems focusing?
- Which nostril feels more open for you now?