The end of summer feel like a bummer? Fall's frenzy is now in full force with early mornings, hectic days, back to school, new projects at work, more traffic on your commute, and likely fewer vacations or time to relax by the pool. #stressed? Have no fear, yoga is here! It can improve your flexibility, build muscle strength and tone, increase energy, help you lose weight, relax the mind and take you from #stressed to #blessed.

We’ve pulled together our top five favorite yoga poses to help you focus during these busy days that you can do alone at home, or after a sweat session at the club. Remember to take it slow and modify if you have any injuries.

 

Child’s pose

child pose

Child’s pose is a great way to mentally prepare for a busy day, recharge in the middle of the day, or relax and unwind in the evening. As you extend your arms in front of your head, rest your forehead on the mat, spread your knees apart and keeps those toes together. Feel the hips open, the back lengthen and the mind relax. Hold this pose for five long breaths (or as long as feels good).

 

Tree pose

Balance on one leg with the ball of your other foot resting on the ankle, calf or inner thigh of the standing leg (anywhere but the knee!). Extend your arms up to the sky like branches, or place them together at your heart center. Whatever feels comfortable and grounding for you. Once you’re in the pose, picture yourself rooting down into the earth, like a tree. Focus your eyes on one point to improve balance and take five deep breaths. Switch sides.

 

Warrior II pose

warrior one

Warrior II is an incredibly energizing posture that’s grounding at the same time. It opens the hips, strengthens and tones the legs and glutes, builds your core, and gets your blood pumping. Focus on distributing your weight evenly between the front foot and the back foot. Take five deep breaths before switching sides.

 

Triangle pose

After juggling all of Autumn’s commitments, find the space you crave with Trikonasana, or triangle pose. Not only does it force you to focus internally to maintain balance, but it creates space in the spine, groin, shoulders, hamstrings, calves and through the entire side body while strengthening the ankles, thighs and knees.

 

Seated Forward Fold

Slow it down after a busy day with a seated forward fold that releases physical and emotional tensions. This pose opens the entire backside of the body, and literally turns your gaze inward. Take five deep breaths (or longer if it feels good and you have the time!)

 

Stay grounded and focused with these awesome yoga poses. Need more? Come in and join us for a mind + body class today. Namaste!