10 Energy-Boosting Yoga Poses from 10 Energy-Boosting Yoga Poses

10 Energy-Boosting Yoga Poses

Feeling like you need to replenish your energy and uplift your mood? Try a few or all of the following energy-boosting yoga poses recommended by expert instructors. 

Padahastasana (Standing Forward Bend)

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“This posture works on the ‘root’ chakra—Muladhara,” says Ian Marshall a Mexico-based yoga instructor who learned the practice through travels in India, Nepal and South East Asia. “ It’s grounding and brings the telluric earth energy through the body. As well as being a solid grounding pose it also charges up the root giving vitality and a connection with the powerful energy of the earth.”

Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge)

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“Anjaneyasana is a beautiful stretch that opens your chest, shoulders and hips while strengthening your quadricep and gluteus muscles,” says Meredith Calderas, a yoga instructor at the Tahoe Flow Arts Studio in Tahoe Vista, Calif. “This posture improves your balance and concentration and increases endurance in your thighs.”

Talasana (Palm Tree Pose)

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“Standing with feet hip width apart, stretching the arms high above the head and reaching up to the sky, this pose creates an antenna of the hands and draws in cosmic energy,” Marshall explains. He says you should feel the energy flow through your hands and your torso, eventually becoming “flushed with the energy of the universe.”


Utkatasana (Chair Pose)

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“Chair pose is an isometric hold of a squat position,” explains Jillian Guinta, a personal trainer, yoga therapist and lifestyle coach. “The heat generated by the largest muscle groups in the body is what makes this pose so effective in boosting your energy. As the the blood flows to these major muscle groups, your pulse will increase and elevate your endorphin levels.”

Naturajasana (Dancer Pose)

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“Find your drishti, or your point of focus, while in this pose,” says Calderas. “Use your breath as you push your foot into your hand and feel your back bend. Continually draw your hips into the centerline and stretch, stretch, stretch. One day your toes will peak out over your head. With focus and breath, feel the energy build within you.”

Ushtrasana (Camel Pose)

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“Working on the dynamic energy of the fire element of the Manipura chakra, the camel pose has a strong dynamic effect,” Marshall explains. “The effort required to hold the posture means that the yogi is awakened and the rush of blood to the head and through the body provides a powerful boost.”

Chakrasana (Wheel pose)

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“Another challenging pose, the wheel sees the yogi pushing the entire torso up in the air and will activate all the chakras in this area,” Marshall said. He explained that as you hold the pose energy will rush through your body and when it’s released you’ll find your heart pounding and a strong sense of revitalization.”

Uttana Shishosana (Puppy Pose)

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“This spinal hyperextension encourages circulation of nutrients to the brain,” Guinta said. “The best part is that if you’re not energized yet, you can hang out in the pose without much effort.”

Virabhandrasana II (Warrior II)

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Guinta says the warrior poses are known for being poses of strength. “This pose broadens the chest through outstretched arms while the practitioner pushes the limits of comfort to strengthen the front-facing leg and open the hip of the rear-facing leg.”

Sirsasana (Headstand)

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Calderas says that by inverting your body you’ll increase blood flow to your brain, which can help to improve focus and energy. “And by focusing inward during this posture, anxiety and stress is reduced,” she added. But beginners should not attempt this pose on their own. Calderas suggests taking caution when attempting the headstand pose. “Be aware of your neck and shoulder strength when attempting,” she said. “Never, I repeat, never kick into a headstand. Be sure to push down into the ground with your forearms, building strength and relieving pressure from your neck and head.”