Sitting still, or focusing on ONE thing these days can be incredibly challenging. Especially with today's noise and distractions — from smartphones to daily demands. Here, a simple, effective practice from YJ Influencer Lauren Taus to stay present and foster better focus all around. You're welcome!
FIRST: Pump your essential oil diffuser with a blend of your choice. (We used GuruNanda, Yoga Blend.)
THEN: Grab your mat, and get to work.
4 Yoga Poses to Foster Better Focus + Build Brainpower
- Prayer Pose
Start in Prayer Pose (Anjali Mudra). Begin by coming into a comfortable sitting position like Easy Pose. Lengthen your spine out of your pelvis and extend the back of your neck by dropping your chin slightly in. Now, with open palms, slowly draw your hands together at the center of your chest. Gently touch your thumbs into your sternum (the bony plate at the center of the rib cage). Broaden your shoulder blades to spread your chest open from the inside. Feel space under your armpits as you bring your elbows into alignment with your wrists. And set your intention for your practice...
- Eagle Pose
Move into Eagle Pose (Garudasana). Come to stand in Mountain Pose. Bend your knees slightly, lift your left foot up and, balancing on your right foot, cross your left thigh over the right. Point your left toes toward the floor, press the foot back, and then hook the top of the foot behind the lower right calf. Balance on the right foot. Stretch your arms straight forward, parallel to the floor, and cross the arms in front of your torso so that the right arm is above the left, then bend your elbows. Snug the right elbow into the crook of the left, and raise the forearms perpendicular to the floor. The backs of your hands should be facing each other. Stay for 30 seconds, then unwind the legs and arms and repeat on the other side (legs and arms reversed).
- Warrior III
From a lunge position, move into Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III). Stretch your arms forward, parallel to the floor and parallel to each other, palms facing each other. Exhale and press the head of the right thighbone back and press the heel actively into the floor. Synchronize the straightening of the front leg and the lifting of the back leg. Energize the lifted back leg and extend it strongly toward the wall behind you; reach just as actively in the opposite direction with the arms. Bring the head up slightly and look forward, but be sure not to compress the back of your neck. Hold for 30 seconds to challenge your balance, and then repeat on the other side.
- Supported Headstand
Finish your practice with Supported Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana) to calm your brain. Kneel on the floor. Lace your fingers together and set the forearms on the floor, elbows at shoulder width. Roll the upper arms slightly outward, but press the inner wrists firmly into the floor. Set the crown of your head on the floor. Inhale and lift your knees off the floor. Carefully walk your feet closer to your elbows, heels elevated. Actively lift through the top thighs, forming an inverted "V." Exhale and lift your feet away from the floor. Take both feet up at the same time, even if it means bending your knees and hopping lightly off the floor. As the legs (or thighs, if your knees are bent) rise to perpendicular to the floor, firm the tailbone against the back of the pelvis. Turn the upper thighs in slightly, and actively press the heels toward the ceiling (straightening the knees if you bent them to come up). The center of the arches should align over the center of the pelvis, which in turn should align over the crown of the head.
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