THE POWER FLOW
Struggling through the 3 pm slump? We asked yoga expert, Kirsten Scott, for the ultimate 1-minute energy booster.
As the WFH life continues, many of us are finding we have a little less work motivation than usual. Okay, maybe a lot less.
Without our co-workers around to break the day up with a chat or coffee run, the 3 pm slump is hitting real hard.
As we searched for the answers to our energy troubles, we knew it was time to call in the wellness big guns. Let us introduce SWIISH Wellness Expert…
We asked Kirsten for her top 3 yoga poses that can be done in less than a minute to boost our energy levels whenever we hit the wall!
THE 1 MINUTE ENERGY FLOW
Step 1: To start your flow, you can enter this position from downward facing dog (see top image for this position) or simply laying on your stomach.
Step 2: Hold for 10 breaths
In addition to giving you that much-needed energy boost, this is also a great stretch for the front of the body.
Kirsten’s Tip: Be sure that you avoid locking your joints by having a slight “micro-bend” in your elbows, especially if you have a tendency to hyper-extend in that area.
Step 1: From your first position in Upward Facing Dog, simply lift yourself into downward dog again before stepping 1 foot forward to enter this position.
Step 2: Hold for 5-10 deep breaths on each side.
This variation of Low Lunge is not only an excellent way to bring energy into the pose, but it is also a really great hip and quad stretch. Practise this variation to improve your mood and release tension from the hips.
Step 1: From your second position in Low Lunge With Arch, lift your back foot to the top of the matt so that you are standing. Then lay on the floor to enter this final position.
Step 2: Hold for 10 breaths.
This deep backbend will stretch the entire front of your body and help to improve your posture. This one will also open your chest and shoulders, which is great if you find yourself often hunching and rounding your shoulders forward at your desk.
Artist Credit: Isabel Andrade