5 Easy Yoga Poses to Channel Your Energy

5 Easy Yoga Poses to Channel Your Energy

Last update: 06 August, 2020

Practicing yoga poses on a regular basis helps you channel your energy and control your focus to be more present. 

In the moments when you feel you have no control, yoga poses can help you connect with whatever you’re going through. They broaden your perspective and give you more power to make decisions that help you regain control.

In this regard, one of the most common consequences of losing control of your life is stress, which leads you to either escape from your problems or struggle with them. These reactions can cause both physical and mental illnesses. When you’re facing great challenges, it’s vital to keep your nervous system working as efficiently as it can. 

Here’s where yoga comes in. Yoga helps your body and mind rest and process everything that’s happening around you. One of the best ways to do this is to make more energy flow through your body, what’s known as prana in yoga, and channel it in a smart way.

When prana flows efficiently, it’s easier for everything to work as it should. So, by letting more energy flow through your body, you’ll be able to manage stress and therefore increase your overall well-being.

Practicing yoga poses on a regular basis helps you channel your energy and control your focus to be more present.

Yoga poses to channel your energy

Deepak Chopra, who’s a doctor, author, and public speaker specialized in spirituality, explains that humans are made up of four distinct parts: the spiritual body (or energy), the mental body, the emotional body, and the physical body. These four bodies are deeply connected.

What affects one body, affects the other three. Therefore, if you’re emotionally exhausted, you’ll transfer this energy to your physical body. Taking care of each one of the four bodies strengthens your being and makes you happier and more productive.

There are many ways to create balance and channel your energy. Research shows that physically active people usually have a more positive attitude than sedentary people. However, the biggest challenge is still knowing how to maintain optimal energy levels when we don’t have time to exercise.

How can we get that extra energy we need? Yoga might be the answer. It has gained popularity in recent years as a form of exercise. It’s the perfect way to get the body moving since it doesn’t require any equipment and you can do it anywhere and whenever you want.

Channel your energy with these yoga poses

Balasana (or Child’s Pose)

This yoga pose reestablishes balance and harmony and guides your mind into a state of openness and receptivity. Apart from massaging your internal organs, Balasana calms your mind and your central nervous system. It also releases stress, fatigue, and tension.

This pose helps develop a broader understanding of your breathing. Although Balasana isn’t physically challenging, it’s great for channeling your energy.

Woman doing child's pose.

Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute)

Urdhva Hastasana is a pose that helps mitigate fatigue and relieve mild anxiety. Most people actually do it unconsciously after they get up from bed, which puts in motion the body’s energy after a night’s sleep.

This yoga pose boosts subtle energy while connecting with the energy that’s moving downward. With a bit of practice, you’ll notice how your strength builds up in your abdomen and the energy starts to go up through your back as your feet stay connected to the floor.

Woman doing upward salute pose.

Ardha Dhanurasana (Half Bow Pose)

Traditionally, Ardha Dhanurasana is said to open the Manipura chakra, which is the body’s energy and vitality center. By activating Manipura, you can dissipate fear and insecurity and also boost your self-esteem, self-confidence, and sense of purpose.

This pose also opens the nadis and therefore encourages the flow of prana in the body. By regulating the flow of internal energy, this pose leads to self-fulfillment and empowerment. It makes it easier to let go of insignificant things.

In addition, Ardha Dhanurasana offers the following mental health benefits:

  • Improves focus.
  • Energizes the mind.
  • Boosts willpower and self-esteem.
  • Increases clarity.
  • Relieves stress and depression.
Woman doing yoga.

Vriksasana (Tree Pose)

Vriksasana is a balance pose since you must concentrate to maintain your balance. Just like it happens with the roots of a tree that keep it in place, with Vriksasana your feet and legs support your upper body and allow you to stand tall, strong, and elegant. This yoga pose also helps you improve your balance, focus, and mental clarity.

In addition, it activates the Muladhara chakra. The stimulation promotes self-confidence, increases energy flow, calms the mind, and helps you feel well-established.

Woman doing tree pose.

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog)

Last but not least, we have Urdhva Mukha Svanasana. This yoga pose stimulates the heart chakra, opening the body up to compassion, love, and gratitude. This yoga pose opens and expands the chest, thus creating a sensation of boosted confidence and positive energy and inspiration.

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana is an extroverted pose capable of balancing our tendency to slouch when we feel depressed or overwhelmed. Plus, it stimulates the pineal gland, an endocrine gland that produces the hormones that control the central nervous system. This gland is in charge of the body’s sleep patterns.

Upward facing dog.

To get the most out of these yoga poses, you have to  practice them. As soon as you master them, you’ll discover the forgotten “mental paths” that channel your energy.

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