The Body You Want,
The Poses You Need
Fitness Goal: ENERGY
By Nicole Kwan
20 ways to boost your power, strength, energy, and endurance
You're busy. We get it. But you still want every benefit possible from the time you spend in practice—power, strength, energy, and endurance—without spending hours on the mat. To help, we've asked four top yoga experts to choose their favorite poses to create the ultimate yoga workout. It’s a virtual yoga buffet where you can fill up on all your favorites in one stop, and still have a little time to tackle the rest of your life.
In this series, we've pulled over 20 poses from ashtanga (better than a Hollywood weight trainer), vinyasa (the Ironman of yoga), kundalini (could be called ginseng yoga), and power yoga (equal to power lifting), pick the ones you need for your workout goals, and get started on the body you want.
FITNESS GOAL: Energy
STYLE: Kundalini, or the science of breath and angles, teaches practitioners to avoid traditional static posing. Kundalini awakens cosmic energy believed to be dormant in all of us.
EXPERT: Anna Getty, an instructor at Golden Bridge Yoga in Los Angeles, is the creator of a DVD series including The Divine Mother Prenatal Yoga.
Hold each pose for up to 20 minutes. The extended length and movement in each pose will build and sustain energetic highs. Keep eyes closed when you practice these poses. Get psyched up for a practice by chanting “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo” (ong nah mo goo roo dayv nah mo)—“I bow to the creative wisdom in myself”—three times.
Spinal Flex/Camel Ride
Sit with legs crossed, holding onto calves or shins. Inhale and lift chest forward and up. Inhale and exhale as you round spine, chin to chest. Start slowly and increase pace steadily. Continue for three minutes. This movement releases blocked energy in the spine.