5 Rejuvenating Hatha Yoga Poses

Hatha Yoga poses make up the vast majority of yoga performed in studios around the world. It’s used for exercise, recreation, and even relaxation depending on the poses performed by the practitioner. Are you looking to rebuild your stamina during the day? If so, read on for some poses which are sure to restore energy and balance.

1. Corpse Pose

Anyone familiar with yoga knows the Corpse Pose, it’s used at the end of most formal classes and recommended home routines after all.

It truly is rejuvenating, especially if you learn how to incrementally relax. This hatha yoga pose is, of course, quite simple: lie down with your legs straight and your hands at your sides. Then relax and control your breathing.

Most people hold it for around ten minutes, which is a good span of time to shoot for. It’s a great way to restart the day if you’re beginning to feel flustered, just make sure that you don’t fall asleep during the rejuvenation process!

Corpse Pose
Corpse Pose

2. Child’s Pose

The Child’s Pose is another basic in the Hatha Yoga arsenal, and the sort of pose which can help your energy levels without taking a lot in return. It’s also… childishly easy, so you don’t need to be a pro to reap the benefits.

The Child’s Pose begins on the knees, then the forehead is lowered to the floor while maintaining a kneeling position. In most cases, the arms are extended above the head as well before the entire body is relaxed, but you can rest your forehead on your hands if you have trouble getting all the way down.

Hold the pose for five to ten minutes before slowly rising back to your feet. The difference it can make in your day is amazing, and the easy nature of the asana also makes it suitable for just about everyone.

3. Happy Baby Pose

Child’s Pose and Corpse Pose can seem almost like cheating, and they’re not the only poses that will increase your energy levels. You can also go with the Happy Baby Pose as a beginner, although it’s just a touch harder to hold.

To enter the asana, you’ll want to lay on your back, then bring your legs and feet off the floor. Bring them over your head, then grab your feet. Bend your legs to make it easier, then slightly stretch them to get a bit of tension. It shouldn’t be uncomfortable for rejuvenation purposes.

This simple pose takes a little more skill at yoga, but it can also help you get back to your feet with a newfound sense of wellbeing. Try holding it for two to three minutes and see how you feel!

Happy Baby Pose
Happy Baby Pose

4. Supported Forward Fold

The Forward Fold is a treacherous display of hamstring and lower back flexibility. There are few yoga poses that are more uncomfortable while remaining doable for a beginner.

It’s still a great pose. One which allows your body to heal and stretch out, creating greater flexibility and health. It should be a part of your regular routine, but with some modifications, it can be quite rejuvenating.

Instead of simply folding forward at the waist while sitting, try placing a pillow on your legs and lowering yourself onto it. The height should be sufficient for there to be only minor tension in your legs and back while you hold the pose.

Stay there for four or five minutes, then stand up and find out how rejuvenating it can be. One small modification creates a huge difference.

Supported Forward Fold
Supported Forward Fold

5. Supported Vertical Leg Extension

The Vertical Leg Extension isn’t quite a staple, but it’s a common enough asana when it comes to Hatha Yoga. Supporting yourself during the process will increase the rejuvenation you feel once you’ve completed the pose.

You’ll want to lie down and scoot yourself up to a wall while on your back. Lift your legs to the wall and move closer, like you intend to form a 90° angle. If you can, then it’s a good pose but not everyone is so lucky.

Instead of doing it bare, place a pillow under your lower back and relax into the pose. Remain there for a good five to ten minutes, depending on what you’re comfortable with, and then get your legs off the wall.

It’s a great pose to support yourself in, and if you do so then you’ll find that the pose also supports rapid recovery from muscle soreness and low energy levels.

Supported Vertical Leg Extension
Supported Vertical Leg Extension

Rejuvenation Through Yoga

Yoga doesn’t always have to be hard work. In some cases, it’s best to find something gentle and awakening to create a healthier life inside and out. The life-changing effects of yoga come from consistent practice and knowing what your body needs at the time. The above is only a start, there’s a lot waiting for you on your own personal yogic journey!

Isabel Ludick
Isabel is an avid yoga practitioner, who loves travelling, living life to the fullest, and cats. She loves living healthy and inspiring others to be the best they can be. When she's not performing her asanas or writing, you can find her at exquisite wine tastings around the world.