What's your go-to pose for a quick hit of energy?
You’ve practiced with them on YogaGlo. You’ve followed them on Facebook. You might even take their classes in person once in awhile if they travel to or live in your city. But how well do you know our YogaGlo teachers? We’ve created a new series, Ask a Yogi, so you can learn more about them by asking questions you’ve always wanted to ask.
From favorite poses and tips for beginners to deeper questions about how their practice has changed their worldview, our teachers will collectively answer a new question each week. If you have a question that you’d like to “Ask a Yogi” let us know in the comments or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add your question to the list. Today’s Ask a Yogi question is:
- Elena Brower: Shavasana
- Kathryn Budig: Handstand. There’s nothing like flipping yourself upside down to change up the mood!
- Jason Crandell: There’s a saying in England that tea calms your nerves when you’re agitated and wakes you up when you need a lift. I feel the same way about Down Dog.
- Tiffany Cruikshank: Headstand, it’s like a shot of espresso. It doesn’t usually require a lot of flexibility or warm up to get into and it can be held for several minutes to get a nice shot of energy as well as invigorate the mind.
- Steven Espinosa: Without a doubt, Handstand. I sometimes tell the story about when I used to work in an office. In the afternoon when I would get that post lunch crash, I would go into my bosses meeting room and flip upside down into a Handstand. Not only did it help clear my head and wake me up, it also helped remind me of the important things in my life like yoga.
- Marc Holzman: 1-minute timed Handstand (hands 10-12 inches from the wall) with my butt on the wall. It’s really a handstand/shoulder opener/backbend in one. Big shakti-blast.
- Amy Ippoliti: 911 Handy! (That would be an emergency Handstand).
- Tara Judelle: Pranayama and Handstands.
- Kia Miller: Ego Eradicator – it is my go-to pose. Period! …. And of course any backbend especially with Breath of Fire.
- Christina Sell: If my mind is tired, I do Headstand. If I need energy because my body is tired I do Shoulder Stand, Plow or legs-up-the-wall.
- Sianna Sherman: Ahhh.. Hanumanasana! My most favorite pose and it can shape shift into multiple forms. If I feel the need to turn in for a rejuvenation effect, then I fold forward. If I want to clear my inner organs, I turn it into a twist. If I want the bathing of my heart, it becomes a backbend. If I need a refreshing tonic for my mind, I flip upside down into Handstand or Headstand with Hanumanasana. And all the while my hips are opening, my body is grounded and every part of me is renewed in a few mindful breaths.
- Stephanie Snyder: Definitely Kapalabhati breath and backbends or an inversion.
- Jo Tastula: There’s nothing like a Handstand to shake things up. I learned to do Handstands as an adult not as a kid. So I still have a healthy dose of adrenaline kick-in when ever I kick-up!
- Harshada Wagner: Honestly, I do 10-20 vigorous push-ups if I need a hit of physical energy. Urdvahastasana (upward arm extenstion) with fingers interlaced, palms up is a good one too.