By Kimaya Singh
There are a number of energizing Yoga asanas and sequences that will help students to increase their level of productivity. Students are often challenged by many different commitments to their academic studies, personal interests, friends, sports and family obligations. Yoga postures and sequences that help to energize and invigorate both the body and the mind will help a student to reach his or her goals while maintaining good mental and physical health.
One of the quintessential series of Yoga poses is the Sun Salutation. This sequence forms the foundation for many flowing series of Yoga asanas. It is also a great way to warm up the entire body before delving into challenging standing, balancing and back bending postures. For detailed instructions on how to practice the A and B series of the Sun Salutation, please refer to a reputable book, website or a professional Yoga studio in your area. Moving into the Warrior Poses from the Sun Salutation will leave you feeling very energized, strong and focused. These qualities will benefit students of all ages!
* Warrior II Pose for Energy Cultivation
Warm up first with a series of Sun Salutations before practicing Warrior II pose. When you are ready to practice Warrior 2 Pose, come to the front of your Yoga mat and stand in Equal Standing Pose. Feel the ground beneath you and take a deep, full breath. Inhale and with your next exhale, step your right foot back three and a half to four feet. Raise your arms to shoulder height with your palms facing down towards your Yoga mat. Your feet should be approximately as wide as your extended arms. Align the back of your right heel with the back of your left heel. In other words, both heels should fall on the same line on your mat.
Inhale and with your next exhale, bend your right knee to ninety degrees. Do not extend your right knee beyond the line of your right ankle. Gaze over the middle finger of your right hand to a point on the horizon. Hold the pose for three to five complete breaths while your hold your drishti on the same point in front of your extended right hand. When you are ready to come out of the pose, inhale as you bring your feet together and your arms back down to your sides. Pause for a moment and feel the strength, determination and expansion through your torso, arms and shoulders. Repeat on the left hand side.
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