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5 Yoga Poses to Energize the Mind and Body

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at JCU chapter.

With finals coming up, we’re all slammed for time and might not get as many opportunities to go to the gym to get our daily (or weekly…or monthly) workout in. So, I’ve compiled a mini list of some of my favorite yoga poses to help in a pinch when you’re taking a study break or just need a little pick me up in the morning.


  1. Mountain Pose

Stand with your feet firmly planted to the floor, hips-width apart. Inhale deeply, raise arms overhead, with palms facing each other, reaching and stretching up. Hold for 10 counts. Exhale. 

What it does: By breathing deeply, you are restoring balance and focus. Standing straight and holding the position also improves posture and aligns your spine.


     2.  Warrior 1 Pose

Stand with your right foot in front, pointing straight. Your left foot will be turned to the side. Slowly bend your right leg down to a 90-degree angle with the floor. Be sure that your back leg (left) is being stretched by pushing your heel to the floor. Look straight ahead. Arms are held above your head with fingers clasped together. Hold for 20-30 seconds, then switch legs. 

What it does: This is a very empowering pose. By focusing on your balance, your mind is calmed.


     3.  Warrior 2 Pose

This is a continuation of the Warrior One pose; the only difference is that your arms are now at shoulder length, with one arm held straight in front and the other held straight back.

What it does: This provides a slightly different stretch to the arms. Palms are facing down and the throat, head and neck should be relaxed.

     4.  Child’s Pose

Kneel on the floor with your legs about hip width apart. Lay your upper body down between your inner thighs. Stretch your arms out in front of you, with your palms facing down. Hold the pose for as long as you would like, inhaling and exhaling deeply.

What it does: This pose is my all-time favorite, because it’s not too difficult and is usually used as a resting pose in between more difficult ones. This one is designed to give you a moment to meditate and feel the gentle stretch in your arms and back.


     5.  Up Dog Pose

Lay your torso flat on the ground. As you inhale, lift your torso up with fingers facing straight out. Your legs should be raised a few inches off the ground. Be sure to relax your shoulder blades and back, while keeping your abs tight. Look straight ahead and slightly up.

What it does: This relaxes the body before concluding, allowing you to walk away with less stress and more comfort in your back.