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You may not think that yoga is the thing to do for energy boosting, you’d be surprised. Yoga provides a great outlet for toning and energizing and it can also boost your mood because it also relieves tension, increases your flexibility. If you perform yoga regularly, three to four times a week, you will discover that your moods will lift and stay lifted longer and longer.

Here are 3 mood boosting yoga poses:

Boat Pose

This pose builds core strength and creates heat in the body. Start seated — legs together, knees bent, feet planted on the floor. Holding the back of your thighs, rock your weight back so it rests between the sitting bones. Lift your feet, knees still bent, keeping your lower back drawn inward. Inhale and extend your legs. Let go of the back of your legs, and extend your arms out parallel to the floor.

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Bridge Pose

This pose opens the chest. Lie on your back with feet planted close to your buttocks, palms on the floor. Breathe in, and, as you exhale, press into your feet to lift your tailbone. Clasp your hands together underneath you and walk your shoulder blades closer together so your weight rests on your posterior shoulders and feet. Lift your hips upward.

Warrior

This pose increases leg, back, and arm strength. Standing at the top of your mat, step your right foot back about 4 feet and turn it 90 degrees to the right. Turn your left foot slightly in. Adjust your torso so that it faces to your right, inhale, and raise your arms out, shoulder blades wide, palms down. Exhale, bending your left knee until your thigh is parallel to the mat. Switch sides.

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