Facing an extra-long New Year’s to-do list? While it’s a great time of the year to set ambitious goals, a schedule jam-packed with new projects can be wearying. To keep stress in check, it’s important to maintain a well-rounded fitness routine. Through a blend of deep breathing and focused poses, this simple yoga program builds strength while boosting your energy stores. The best part: You don’t even need a gym to do it. Work these moves by nutrition and performance-enhancement specialist Nora Tobin into your weekly regimen to cultivate a balanced mind and body all year long.
Hold each pose for 5 to 10 deep breaths. Perform the routine three times. You will need a yoga mat or towel.
High Lunge Twist:
Step 1: Starting on your knees, step right foot forward, placing it between your hands. Extend left leg straight back.
Step 2: Extend right arm toward the sky, opening your chest to the right and following your right hand with your eyes. Engage core and quads. Switch legs and repeat.
Step 1: Starting on your knees, step left foot forward. Extend arms overhead, hands parallel. Draw shoulders away from ears using back muscles.
Step 2: Press hips forward and head back until you feel a deep stretch. Do not strain your neck. Switch legs and repeat.
Step 1: Bring toes together, heels slightly apart. Bend both knees and shift hips back until thighs are close to parallel with the ground.
Step 2: Extend arms to the sky. Draw shoulders away from ears, engage core and keep your chin parallel with the ground.
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