Do you remember the last time you felt great going to work and felt energized and active the whole day? If it’s hard for you to remember that day then it’s time for some mind-body repair. As human beings, we are given this amazing potential to stay motivated so that we keep our survival strong and healthy.
Our ancestors’ biggest motivating factor was hunger which enabled them to hunt and gather food, feed their offsprings and seek new places that promised more food opportunities. After several thousands of years of food-gathering and meaning-making, we are increasingly becoming confused about our motivations.
In most cases, many of us simply start losing the motivation to carry daily activities with joy and enthusiasm. Our ancestors were wise enough when they invented yoga so that the magic of motivation could easily be awakened inside our bodies so that we become the best version of ourselves. So, let’s get started on some yoga moves that can help you find your motivation back.
Here are 10 awesome yoga moves that will keep you motivated through the day:
A happy child’s pose is probably the easiest of all yoga poses out there. As it’s all about kneeling and stretching your arms in the front as your face gently rests between your thighs, Balasana is for everyone who wants to start slow with yoga yet gain enough momentum to get their day going.
Sun salutations or Surya Namaskar is for everyone who can reserve 5 minutes of their day just for yoga. That’s how long it takes to finish two rounds of Surya Namaskar. Similar to any stretching exercise, Surya Namaskar is a great motivational activity that puts the body into a rhythm that makes way for a great energy that you can reserve for hard tasks of the day.
If aspiring to do a headstand in life is on your bucket list, then congratulations as you have the innate potential to stay motivated in life more than others. Doing headstand with the support of a wall can significantly reduce stress and send a gush of blood running down your head as you hold your position upside down. The energy released while doing a headstand makes you feel alive, so go ahead and practice a headstand to up your motivation game.
A classic before-going-to-bed pose, apanasana is the yoga hug you wish someone gave you every day. Except it’s the kind of yoga posture where you hug yourself by lying down on your back and raising your legs to meet your chest. Apanasana has great results if you do it every night and it elevates your mood, keeps you rested and flexible.
No wonder this pose is called the Happy Baby pose. Have you seen babies who usually play with their legs stretched up into the sky, strapping their tiny feet with tiny hands? It’s the same except in adults; this pose may seem slightly uncomfortable as flexibility might get in the way. Go for a happy baby pose if you want to let go of everyday worries and simply enjoy the moment.
The classic example of a bow and arrow where higher the intensity of bow pulling, the further the arrow goes, dhanurasana is also similar when it comes to preparing the body for the spring of motivation. Stretching the feet with hands while lying on the stomach not only energizes the whole body, it also opens the heart chakra, enabling you to perform any task with great force and vitality.
Nothing beats the superpowers of a tree as it not only inhales all the carbon generated by humans but also releases pure oxygen so that we can breathe easily. Vriksasana or the tree pose is like a great energy builder where you balance one foot on the other thigh while standing erect on one foot.
In the end, you may look like a magnificent tree. Practicing the tree pose can bring a lot of stability to mind which is like increasing mental powerhouse of motivation at no cost, except the cost of time. So, dedicate your 10 minutes of the day to doing Vriksasana and feel motivated like never before.
This might be your favorite most pose as all it takes to ace a savasana is to lie down on the floor with feet and arms spread wide apart. That’s it. So, before going to bed, lie on something flat, like a floor, and let go of all the nervous tension that has been building up inside your body and give your body a 5-minute total time-out from any thought and worry. And simply find your breath going in and out of your nose or mouth.
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This pose is where you gently let all the blood go to your head by standing on your two feet and gently bending your upper back to touch your feet. This practice is great for those who fear to do a headstand. But doing Uttanasana is great as it directs the blood flow to your head, revitalizing those brain cells with extra oxygen so that you are fresh and ready to run the world.
Nothing energizes the body and eases mental flow like a spine stretching cat and cow yoga sequence. All you have to do is find a tabletop position and gentle curve your spine in and out with deep inhalations and exhalations. Not only will it straighten your spine, but the cat-cow pose is also a great stress-reducing yoga pose that allows for more happiness and fewer worries.
Author Bio :
Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He conducts Yoga’s retreat in Nepal and Ayurveda Courses in Kerala. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature, Himalayas and Trekking in India.