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6 Yoga Poses For Deeper Focus

6 Yoga Poses For Deeper Focus

It’s no secret that it can be tough to stay focused in our current world where there is so much distraction.

Did you know that mindfulness practices such as being aware of your breath and moving your body can strengthen your concentration?  


Yoga helps you be in the present moment.

What sets yoga apart from other movement practices is the focus on connecting your breath with your movement. This connection of movement and breath takes concentration which requires us to focus on only what is happening in that moment.

Many of us aren’t used to focusing on one thing at a time. We are so often bombarded by computer screens, cell phones, fast traffic, and a to-do list a mile long. It is no wonder, so many of us struggle with focusing.

Yoga helps us to slow down and practice focusing on what is happening in the present moment.

Balance postures, in particular, take your entire focus to find the alignment, breath and focus that you need.

The following sequence will help you to fine-tune your concentration and find deep focus.

Incorporate these postures into your practice on a daily basis to strengthen your focus muscles and find more peace of mind!

 

1. Mountain Pose

Mountain Pose 

  • Come to a standing position with your feet hip distance apart.
  • Let your arms come alongside you with your palms facing forward.
  • Ground your feet by pressing them down.
  • Strengthen your legs by energetically drawing your shins towards one another.
  • Gently pull your navel into your spine.
  • Reach the crown of your head towards the sky to find a lift through your body.
  • Pick one place for your eyes to rest.
  • Find 5-10 breaths. Switch sides when you’re ready.

2. Tree Pose

Tree Pose
  • Come to standing with your feet hip distance apart.
  • Shift your weight to your left foot and begin to lift up your right foot.
  • Bring the bottom of your right foot to the inside of your left leg, above or below your knee.
  • Press your palms together at heart center.
  • Firmly press into both of your feet.
  • Pick one place for your eyes to rest.
  • Find 5-10 breaths. Switch sides when you’re ready.

3. Downward Facing Dog

Downward Facing Dog Yoga Pose
  • Come onto your hands and knees.
  • Bring your hands forward of your shoulders a few inches.
  • Spread your fingers wide and press your palms and knuckles into the ground.
  • Tuck your toes and lift your sitting bones towards the sky.
  • Keep your knees slightly bent as you allow your body to come into the posture.
  • When you are ready, and if it is accessible, you can work your heels towards the ground.
  • Find 5-10 breaths.

4. Crescent Lunge

Crescent Lunge Yoga Pose
  • From Downward Facing Dog, step your right foot forward.
  • Bend your front knee to 90 degrees and stack it over your ankle.
  • Come onto the ball of your back foot with your heel stacked directly over the ball.
  • With your back leg engaged, reach your arms towards the sky and stack your shoulders over your hips.
  • Pick one place in front of you for your eyes to rest.
  • Find 5-10 breaths. Switch sides when you’re ready.

5. Standing Knee Lift

Standing Knee Lift
  • Begin standing with your feet hip distance apart.
  • Press gently down into your feet while keeping a micro-bend in your knees.
  • Imagine a line of energy moving up from your feet through the crown of your head, allowing the top of your head to lift towards the sky.
  • Draw your shoulder blades down your back.
  • Bring your hands to heart center as you press your palms into one another.
  • Shift the weight into your left foot and lift your right knee up to hip level, focusing on keeping that hip from lifting higher than your left hip.
  • Flex your right foot like you are still standing on the ground with it.
  • Pick one place in front of you for your eyes to rest.
  • Find 5-10 breaths here.
  • Lower that foot back down and switch sides when you are ready.

6. Warrior III

Warrior III (3) Yoga Pose
  • Begin standing with your feet hip distance apart and your palms together at heart center.
  • Lift your right foot and bring that knee to hip level.
  • Extend your right leg behind you as you work your torso towards parallel with the floor.
  • Keep your lifted leg very active by flexing your foot and pointing your toes downward.
  • Your hands can stay at heart center, or your arms can come alongside you with your palms facing down.
  • Pick one spot on the ground slightly in front of you to rest your gaze.
  • Find 5-10 breaths.
  • Come back to standing and switch sides when you are ready.


Keep showing up to your mat.

We have spent much of our lives distracted. It is not a quick transition from distraction to presence.

Don’t forget to be patient with yourself and respect the process.

If you keep showing up to your mat on a regular basis, you will find deeper focus in all areas of your life!

 

xoxo.





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