Time and time again, research shows that moving our bodies makes us feel more healthy, vibrant, strong, and happy. Even a little movement goes a long way; but if you combine it with breath awareness, focused attention, and a positive attitude, the effects go deeper and last longer.
This summer, we have been sharing short (under 20 minutes) yoga practices to strengthen your body and move your energy. You can do these practices any time you need a pause or a boost. Please sign for HappyU newsletter (if you haven’t already) to get notifications as these practices get released. Here are some short practices for you to try. It is best to choose one that matches your starting energetic state.
Stretch out and make space inside when you feel contracted and stagnant
Do you ever feel so overwhelmed that you have to guard yourself with a stiff body and shallow breath? Try this short yoga practice to expand your body, breath, and mind! This practice uses simple movement to create space in different parts of your body and segmented inhalation to make more room in your lungs and increase your energy.
Find your inner stability when you feel depleted and uncertain
When was the last time you felt like a superhero: strong, confident, capable, and vibrant? Try this short stranding yoga practice to awaken your inner hero! This practice uses standing and balancing poses with a stable Superhero stance to get you anchored in your body and help you feel more vibrant.
Connect to your inner goddess when you feel frazzled and lack self-confidence
In this short yoga practice, we will attempt to embody three Warrior Goddesses: Durga, the fierce divine mother; Artemis, the goddess of hunt and wilderness; and Oya, the goddess of weather and change. Then, we will focus on our own strengths and connect to our inner goddess.