yoga for joy

Yoga to Increase Joy

Many people believe that yoga creates just another exercise-induced dopamine high, many find it goes much deeper than that. The mind-body connection created in yoga is thought to facilitate change at a cellular level. Try these yoga poses to open your heart and your mind to more joy.

Camel Pose (Ustrasana)

Start by kneeling on your knees. Knees and feet should be hip-width apart.

Tops of feet flat on the floor.

Keep pelvis on your knees, tailbone down and lift your lower belly.

Bring your hands to your heart in a prayer position.

Roll shoulders back and hug elbows in.

Curl chest open by leaning back.  Keep hips over knees.

When you can’t curl any farther, release arms and grab heels.

Relax head and open throat.

Hold for 10 breaths.

Crescent Pose(Anjaneyasana)

Start with feet shoulder width apart.

Step back about one leg length with the left foot and bend right knee to a 90-degree angle.

Keep both feet hip-width apart.

Weight rests on the heel of front foot and ball of the back foot.

Engage lower belly to extend lower back.

Raise arms straight overhead shoulder width apart.

Rotate upper arms inwards and broaden upper back.

Lift gaze upwards.

Bring palms together.

Hold for 7 breaths.

Repeat on other side.

Cat-Cow Poses (Bitilasana)

Start on all fours with hips stacked over knees.

Shoulders should be over wrists.

Keep arms straight as you inhale.

Drop belly and roll shoulders back.

Exhale and press into palms.

Round back and drop tailbone down.

Repeat 5-7 times.

Goddess Pose( Utkata Konasana)

Stand with feet one leg distance apart.

Feet are parallel.

Rotate heels in and toes out.

Knees should point in the same direction as toes.

Bend knees and drop pelvis into a neutral position.

Keep arms lifted.

Elbows slightly bent with palms up.

Hold for 8-10 breaths.

Happy Baby Pose (Ananda Balasana)

Start on back with knees drawn in towards chest.

Grab hold of feet with hands.

Ensure arms are in front of shins, and you are holding on to the outside edges of feet.

Draw shoulders on to back.

Tighten arms and flex feet as you pull down on feet.

Draw knees wide and toward armpits.

Try to stack ankles above knees.

Lengthen the lower back down to the ground.

Try to touch the tip of tailbone to the floor.

Stay here for 45 to 60 seconds.

Release and draw your knees into your chest.

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