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Yoga Poses to Fight Your Sugar Crash and Boost Your Energy

Chair Twist Kriya

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Stand with big toes together, outer edges of feet parallel. Bend knees and sink hips back as if sitting down in a chair. Reach arms high, framing face. This is chair pose. Inhale here to lengthen through spine. On exhale, take hands together at the center of chest in a prayer position. Twist to the right, placing left elbow outside right thigh, looking up over right shoulder. On the next inhale, come back to chair, and on the next exhale do the same twist to the left. On the next inhale, come back to chair. Repeat this, linking your breath to your movement for 1 minute at a quick, steady pace.

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Diver's Pose

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Stand with feet together, knees slightly bent. Rise up on the balls of feet, and start to hinge forward from waist, keeping arms on either side of torso, palms facing in and fingers spread. Allow head to dive toward the ground. Breathe here for 5 deep breaths.

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Bow Pose

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Begin by lying facedown. Bend knees and grab ankles with hands. Press feet away from head, ankles into hands, keeping knees hip-width apart, and lift chest off the ground. Stay here for 5 to 10 deep breaths.

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High Lunge Twist Repetitions

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From high lunge with right foot forward, inhale to straighten legs and lift arms high. On the exhale, come back down to high lunge, reaching left arm forward and right arm back to twist. Inhale back to center with legs long and arms high. Do 10 to 20 reps, then repeat on the opposite side.

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Revolved Half Moon

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Begin in a standing forward bend. Lift left leg to come to a supported warrior III on right leg, with both hands on the ground underneath shoulders. Keep left fingertips on the ground and lift right arm toward the ceiling. Internally rotate through thighs, and flex through left foot with toes pointed straight to the ground. Look up at top hand, rotating chest open toward the ceiling. Breathe here for at least 5 deep breaths, then repeat on the other side.

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Squat Up Downs

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From standing, heel-toe feet wide apart, pointing toes out so that hips are open. Start to soften and bend knees, releasing hips toward the ground, hovering above at whatever height feels good. Take elbows inside of thighs, lightly pressing them out, and take hands together like a prayer at the center of chest. Keep spine long. This is a Malasana squat. Take a deep breath here. On your next inhale, engage your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles, reach prayer up high, lengthen arms, and lengthen legs as you come up to stand. On the exhale, come back to Malasana squat. Continue this movement, lifting and lowering, as fast as you can, for 1 minute.

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Forearm Plank Hip Taps

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Come to a forearm plank with elbows underneath shoulders. Tap right hip to the ground (allow feet to sway to the side), then come back to forearm plank. Tap left hip to the ground, then come back to forearm plank. Repeat 10 times on each side.

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