Yoga to Energize Your Body and Mind

By Olivia H. Miller with Katherine Trainor

These 13 simple yoga poses will stretch your muscles, reduce back pain, refresh your mind, and rejuvenate your body.

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Breath of fire with raised thumbs
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Breath of Fire with Raised Thumbs

1. Sit comfortably.

2. Raise both arms up in a V position. Palms face forward; fingers curl, and the thumbs point in.

3. Inhale and exhale completely.

4. When all the air is exhaled, pull in your abdomen by snapping the abdominal muscle. This causes a short, forceful expulsion of air with emphasis on the exhalation, not the inhalation. One caution: If dizziness occurs, stop.

5. Repeat with a steady, quick series of exhalations.

6. Start with 20 consecutive breaths; increase to 3 sets of 20. Lower your arms and breathe normally between sets.

Benefits: Purifies and aerates the entire system, recharges and warms the body, increases the flow of oxygen, improves concentration, defines a sense of personal boundaries.

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