It's like a shot of espresso for your mind and body.

By Mary Anderson
May 11, 2020
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A happier mindset is all about your chi—that vital internal energy that animates the body, says celeb instructor Koya Webb, holistic health coach, yoga pro, and author of Let Your Fears Make You Fierce.

“Boosting your chi increases oxygen to your brain,” she says. “This, in turn, improves your mood and mental clarity.”

Her prescription for getting things off on the right foot: this chi-igniting chair release. “Doing it first thing in the morning will energize you for your day, but you can do it anytime for a pick-me-up or whenever your chi is feeling low,” says Webb.

For those in the yoga-know, this is not a static chair pose. You’ll use your breath to powerfully move in and out of chair pose, inhaling to stand and stretch your front-body open, then exhaling to descend into the squat. (More here: 5 Moves for Instant Energy)

“The breath sends oxygen to every part of your body,” she says. “As I go, I affirm what I want to feel throughout today.” (Also try these breathing exercises for stress, relaxation, and energy.)

It's also an incredible standing core strengthener: As you exhale and bring your arms down, your core is engaged. As you inhale and lift arms, your core is relaxed.

Think to yourself: Inhale calm, release anxiety. Inhale peace, release chaos. Inhale love, release fear. (Or insert your own needs. What do you want to let go of, and what do you want to invite in?) Do that 10 times, and you can bank on feeling brighter.

Chi-Igniting Chair Pose

A. Start standing with feet hip-width apart.

B. Inhale to reach arms overhead, arching slightly behind head.

C. Forcefully exhale to swing arms down and back, quickly shifting hips back and down as if sitting in a chair, making sure knees don't move forward beyond toes.

C. Inhale to stand, reaching arms overhead to begin the next rep.

Repeat 10 times.

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