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Backbends to Recharge Your Batteries

Last week we talked about combining inhalation and retention (pause after inhale) in ways that are energizing and useful for getting going, especially in the morning.


Energetics are also impacted by the postures chosen during asana practice. Backbends, lateral (side) bends and balance postures are expansive and invigorating and are useful for recharging your batteries.


To experience these effects, come to a seated or standing position with arms by your sides. Begin to inhale and exhale through your nose. As you inhale, expand and lift your chest up and away from your navel while raising and opening  your arms out from your sides. Feel your chest move forward slightly as you bring shoulder blades together. (Remember, keep those shoulders relaxed.) While exhaling, lower your arms back down to your sides. Repeat 6 times and notice any energetic effects.

To make the exercise even more invigorating, retain or pause, after inhale for a count of 3 or 4 before you exhale.

This exercise can be useful any time you need a little energy boost. For example, after being hunched over your desk for an extended period, give this exercise a try. It only takes a couple of minutes.




Joanne Thompson

Joanne Thompson

Founder/Owner at Yoga for Self

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