Turns out yoga can be more than a way to relax: it’s also a way to get more productive!
If you are feeling lazy at the beginning of the day, or desperately need to get focused before an upcoming event, these simple yoga poses might be just what you need.
Easy Pose (Sukhasana)
If you want to begin with something simple yet meaningful, try sukhasana.
It’s called “easy pose” for a reason – all you need to do is sit down, close your eyes, bring your hands to the center of your chest (that is where the “heart chakra” is located), and concentrate on your breath.
With sukhasana you don’t even need to move, just stay still and focused.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Balasana is good for releasing any unnecessary tensions that you might be holding.
It’s still simple (although not as simple as the previous one), but you already begin opening up your shoulders and hips, and also working with your breath (as a part of this pose you are required to firstly inhale deeply into your belly, and then make an audible and slow exhale through your mouth).
Mountain pose (Tadasana)
To practice Tadasana, you need to place your feet at the width of your hips, and then make your palms face onward. Then, relax your shoulders and stay focused on the present moment.
Chair pose (Utkatasana)
The so-called chair pose will help you to improve your glutes as well as your arm muscles.
The heat that your body generates while you are “sitting” on the imaginary chair will definitely make you more productive through the day.
Tree pose (Vrksasana)
Vrksasana is considered the best pose if you want to gain mental focus.
If mental stamina is what you need to get things done, tree pose is just what you need.
When practicing Vrksasana, try focusing your attention on a non-moving object, or even closing your eyes (this will also help you to clear your mind).
Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose (Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana)
This asana (the general name for yoga poses, which means “manner of sitting”) is focused on side stretch.
It’s another good way to start a day, as a revolved head-to-knee pose opens up your side body and gives you all the energy you need to be productive.
Legs Up The Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)
Simple as it is, this asana alone might be all that you need to feel alive throughout the day. Just by placing your legs up against the nearest wall you will regulate your digestion and achieve a more peaceful state of mind.