Yoga Helps Your Metabolism…

Yoga is very good for the mind, body, and soul! Here are some great poses to help release toxins, increase metabolism, and making you feel great on the inside and out.

#1 Twisted Chair pose –  helps increase circulation by not only using every muscle in your body but also twisting, which wakes up your internal organs and aids in digestion.

How to: Stand with your feet and legs together. Begin to bend your knees and sink your hips down and back as if you were sitting in a chair far behind you. Bring your palms together in front of your chest. Rotate your spine to bring your right elbow to your left knee. Try to keep your chest lifted the whole time. Hold for 30 to 45 seconds and then repeat on the other side.

#2 Eagle Pose – In addition to building strong, lean leg muscles, Eagle pose energizes the entire body and helps with digestion.

How to: Start in a standing position and bend your knees slightly. Lift your right leg up and around your standing leg and hook your foot and ankle behind your left calf. Sink your hips down and back as if you were going to sit on a chair. Cross your arms at your elbows and wrists in front of your chest and hold for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Come out of the pose, shake out your legs, and switch sides.

# 3 Crescent Lunge – Crescent Lunge gets your heart rate up, which helps speed up your metabolism. It also strengthens your legs and stretches your hips.

How to: Begin in downward dog pose. Step your right foot between your hands. Lower your hips into lunge position and shift your weight onto the ball of your back foot, bringing your hands to your hips. Stay up on the ball of your back foot and lift your upper body so that you’re standing straight up. Keep your hips squared the entire time. Bring your arms above you and reach for the ceiling.  Palms should be facing each other. Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute and then switch sides.

#4 Bridge Pose – Bridge pose is a gentle inversion that works with gravity to open your entire chest and shoulder area. Because the chest is lifted up towards the chin, the thyroid gland is being massaged. (Your thyroid makes the hormones that regulate your metabolism.)

How to: Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet hip-distance apart and flat on the floor. Reach down with your fingertips to see if you can feel your heels.  If not, walk your heels a little closer to your body.

#5 Spinal Twist – Easy Spinal Twist Is a great pose to help stimulate you digestive system, which helps you lose weight.

How to: Lie on your back and bring both knees in toward your chest. Holding your left knee into your chest, let your right leg straighten out on the floor. Bring your bent left knee across your body, keeping your shoulder blades on the floor. Turn your head to look over your left shoulder to complete your twist. Hold for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Bring both knees into your chest and repeat on the other side.

The O-Board Says…

A. EMOTM 10
even; rev grip pushups
ODD; alternate pistols

For time:
40 Knee to Elbow
40 Wt Step Up’s
Run 800m
40 Knee to Elbow
40 Wt Step Up

Posted by: Annie