With errands to run, the back to school activities, and parties to go to in the coming months, in addition to wanting to look your best you’ll need all the energy you can muster. A great solution? Yoga. Yes, it’s known for its soothing effects, but it can also help tone and energize. I have a routine that will tone muscles and boost energy. Yoga’s uplifting benefits start with doing gentle poses that will energize your spine.

Start with the Downward Facing Dog Pose, then Crescent Lunge Pose, next Warrior One Pose, then the Wide Legged Forward Fold Pose, followed by the Plow Pose and lastly the Camel Pose.

Extending the spine opens, or stretches, tight chest muscles. When your chest opens up, you breathe more freely to optimally fill your lungs. This deep breathing encourages mental alertness and physical energy. Aim to do all poses listed in sequence 3 times working up to 5 times. Be sure to focus on your breath and stay in each pose for 3-5 breaths working up to 8-10. After completing the entire sequence three to five times, lie quietly on your back—breathing normally and with arms and legs outstretched—for three to five minutes. This last pose is called Savasana and is considered the most important pose in Yoga. We tend to be so busy running in all directions, this 5 quiet minutes is a great help in rejuvenating yourself. Practise this routine two to three times a week, or when you need an energy kick.

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Downward Facing Dog Pose

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Cresent Lunge Pose

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Warrior One Pose

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Wide Legged Forward Fold Pose

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Plow Pose 

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Camel Pose