8 Yoga Poses for an on-the-Go Energy Boost
Let’s face it—life is busy, and unless you take the time to consciously make room for the things that are important to you, it’s quite easy to get swept away in the everyday hamster wheel of your daily routine. It can be hard to recognize that the constant “Go! Go! Go!” is often the very thing that perpetuates feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and anxious, not to mention all that accompanies these debilitating states. Unless you’ve adopted strategies for maintaining a high level of discipline in your daily routine, you may be missing a very key ingredient to creating and maintaining a life of vitality, joy, and fulfillment: balance.
Whether you’re a busy mom constantly on the go, a solo entrepreneur jet-setting to build your empire, or an executive who’s managing a fleet of employees, there’s a good chance you’re experiencing a shortage of two very important resources: time and energy. And, usually when you have one, you don’t have the other.
According to Integrative Psychology, you are made up of four bodies: the spiritual body (or energy, if you don’t subscribe to spirituality or religion), the mental body, the emotional body and the physical body. Science and medicine now recognize what all ancient cultures have known for thousands of years: that each of the four bodies is interconnected. What affects one affects all. If you’re mentally overwhelmed and emotionally drained, it’s going to directly affect your energy levels and how you’re feeling physically. Tending to each of the four bodies equally is what strengthens you holistically and yields the fruits of the lifestyle you are all so desperately seeking.
It’s no secret that you would love to feel more energetic as you navigate your busy days. While there are many approaches to creating balance in your life, research shows that physically active people are less depressed than inactive people because of the increase in serotonin, which can boost your mood and promote restful sleep, known to have protective effects on the brain. Yet, the greatest challenge remains: how do you maintain optimum energy levels when your days are jam-packed from beginning to end?
Yoga as a form of exercise has gained much popularity over recent years and is trending as one of the most popular forms of exercise practiced worldwide today. What makes yoga ideal – especially when you’re on the go – is that it requires no props. All you need is your body, your commitment, and a few feet of space to practice.
Here are some great yoga poses to keep you active, limber, and energetic on the go (even in a hotel room).
Purpose/Benefits: This pose stretches the front torso and neck and provides a gentle massage to the spine and belly organs, while also increasing circulation, flexibility, and energy levels in the body. Here’s how to do it: