It happens every day, around the same time. Your eyelids start feeling heavy, you slowly slump down in your chair and your energy goes down to unproductive levels. After just seven or eight hours from the time you wake up, the dreaded afternoon fatigue makes its appearance. So, how do we break free from the chains of afternoon sleepiness? Yoga. Doing a few yoga postures in the afternoon is like having an extra cup of coffee without the side effects like feeling jittery or anxious.
The combination of movement, stretching, and focused breathing gives your body and mind the kick it needs to survive the afternoon slump. Through yogic breathing, which allows for drawing more oxygen per cycle of breath, your body can use that added oxygen for functioning more efficiently.
Yoga also increases circulation and relieves muscle stiffness and, when combined with deep breathing, reduces our mental and physical stress, improves our focus, and boosts our energy back to a healthy and productive level.
Getting a quick burst of energy is not complicated. The 5 yoga poses below are simple and appropriate for all levels. These will make you feel energized and ready to take on the rest of the day.
5 Yoga Asana To Reduce Tiredness
1. Plough Pose or Halasan
Lie down on your back and rest your arms by your side. Breathe in and lift your legs at a right angle by engaging your abdominal muscles. Press down your shoulder into the ground. Now, support your back and using your hands, lift your hips off the floor. Push your toes behind your head until they start touching the floor, making your back perpendicular to the ground. Stay in this position for about 4-5 breaths, before coming back to the starting position
2. Boat pose or Navasana
Sit down on the floor and stretch out your legs, keeping your arms by your side. Now, lean your upper body slowly and slightly towards the back. Keep your spine straight and chin tucked towards your chest. Bend your knees and balance your body weight on your buttocks. Lift both your legs gently into the air. Keep your toes at least 1 foot above the ground and make a ‘V’ shape with your body. Now, stretch your arms in front of you so that they are parallel to the floor with your palms facing each other. Use your core muscles as you inhale and exhale.
3. Legs-Up-the-Wall or Viparita Karani
Lie down on your back near a wall. Fold your legs to your chest before rolling towards the wall. Rest your legs on the wall, while keeping your trunk on the ground. See if you can form a right angle and make sure that your shoulders and hips are in line. Relax and so some deep breathing. Do this for about 5-10 minutes.
4. Corpse Pose or Shavasana
Lie down comfortably on your back and keep your arms by your side. Shut your eyes and relax your mind. Inhale slowly through your nostrils and focus on every part of your body starting from your toes. Exhale and imagine the body in a relaxed state. Hold this pose for 10 minutes before coming back to normal position.
5. Shoulder Stand or Sarvangasana
Lie down on your back and rest your arms by your side. Press down your arms and shoulder firmly into the ground for support. Inhale and slowly lift your legs up to a right angle. Exhale and lift your hips off the ground. Press your hands into your lower back for supporting the hips. Keep the body and legs in a straight line from the shoulders. Your bodyweight should not be supported by your neck or head.
Inhale and exhale for 4-5 seconds before slowly coming back to the starting position.
Stay healthy, stay safe 🙂