As a student, it can be easy to get bogged down in the school grind and not take the necessary time to relax and unwind from your crazy schedule. Although yoga is great for improving flexibility, balance, and strength, it can also improve your posture, increase your blood flow, boost your immunity, regulate your adrenal glands, and help you focus and sleep better! If you find yourself crunched for time but still needing to relax and unwind between classes and group project meetings, give these quick yoga poses a try.
Downward Dog: This pose will release tension through the backs of the legs and increase blood flow to your brain. Make sure your hips lift towards the sky and you push evenly through both hands. Try bending one knee at a time to deepen the stretch on the other leg. Continue to switch as if marching your feet.
Cat & Cow: These poses will help mobilize your spine creating an increase in energy. Be sure to keep your knees directly under your hips and your hands directly under your shoulders. Work on creating a deeper curve through your spine each time you switch from cat to cow and back.
Pigeon: This move helps to counteract the tight hips we get from sitting throughout the day. This stretch should be felt on the outside of the hip of the leg that is in front. Keeping hips level, lower your upper body towards the floor to deepen the stretch.
As with any yoga practice, much of the benefit comes from focusing on your breathing. So throughout all of these poses, be sure to pay attention to your inhales and exhales making them slow and controlled. Deep, focused breathing helps to increase your vital energy and calm your nervous system.
For a full yoga experience, be sure to check out the many yoga offerings at Campus Recreation!