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Get your blood pumping and feel energized before you tackle that next workout with this short but invigorating sequence.
Lie on your back and lift both legs a foot off the ground. Be sure to place your hands underneath your pelvis for added support if needed. Spread out your legs to a V-shape. Cross your left leg over your right leg, return to the V-shape before crossing your right leg over your left. Be mindful to engage the core and keep the legs straight. Continue for 2 minutes. Rest for 2 minutes and repeat.
Alternating Piston Pose
Lie on your back and lift both legs 2 feet off the ground. Place your hands underneath your pelvis for added support if needed. Begin by bringing your left knee to your chest while the right leg stays straight. Alternate back and forth while keeping your legs parallel to the ground. Continue for 2 minutes. Rest for 2 minutes and repeat.
Seated Arm Halo
Sit in easy pose, lifting the arms above your head. Interlock the fingers above your head, reaching the palms towards the sky. Allow all worries to float away as you feel your hands draw upward towards the sky. Feel your body becoming light. Begin breath of fire–rapid inhalation and exhalation through the nose. Continue for 2 minutes.
Overhead Opposite Shoulder Clasp
Sit in easy pose. Reaching behind your back, grasp your hands on opposite shoulders, crossing your arms behind your head. Be sure to keep your head lifted and begin breath of fire, rapid inhalation and exhalation through the nose. Continue for 2 minutes. Then, inhale deeply, hold the breath, and allow the energy to circulate. Exhale and engage root lock (Mula Bandha). Repeat this pattern 3 times.
Lay on your back and relax completely. Allow your energy to circulate and integrate for at least 5 minutes.
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