Because I clearly like balance, I thought we should look at some postures that can be energizing. Naturally, sequences such as the Sun Salutations you cycle through in Vinyasa Yoga or a Bikram class can be invigorating. But individual postures in and of themselves can be as well.
I have written about Camel Pose before – it is one of my favorites. In Bikram class, my teacher will always talk about how it opens your heart chakra. Personally, I am not in to that stuff and I will admit I brush off her suggestion every time. However, in thinking about this post, and the postures I wanted to write about – each and every one is a heart opener. So maybe there is something to it.
Bridge Pose is another posture that opens up the chest. It stimulates organs in the abdomen including the lungs as well as the thyroid. It also rejuvenates tired legs without putting too much pressure on them. It is also just a happy pose. There is something satisfying in wiggling your arms under your back, your hands down by your feet.
If you’re ready for it, Wheel Pose (which I am attempting in the photo above) can do wonders for boosting energy. It opens the heart as the other two do but it also does amazing things for the lungs. Breathing properly through the pose will open them up. Increased oxygenated blood flowing through the body is always a good thing. As with Bridge, the thyroid gland is stimulated but here the pituitary gland is as well. Finally, wheel counteracts stress, depression and anxiety. Who couldn’t use a little of that action every now and then!?
Today I took my favorite Friday noon class at Yoga Shanti. Our teacher, Jamie Lugo talked to us about breath (as she always does). She has a way of making you aware of your breath without consciously changing it. She asked us to try to breath freely through the class. To not push ourselves too far in to any pose and to measure where we were by how able we were to breathe. While I think this is a great question to ask yourself in every day life, it is especially important in poses such as the above. They are more challenging than they seem – if not physically, then emotionally. You’ll need a couple of good, long, free breaths to help you through.