5 Yoga Poses to Get You Out Of Vacation Mode (Sorry)

Pressing the vacation off button can be beyond difficult, especially when you take that first peek back into your office inbox. However it doesn’t have to be hopeless! If you’ve spent the last couple weeks soaking in every last bit of rest and relaxation, you’re actually positioned perfectly to re-attack your goals and ambitions with a clearer and stronger mindset.

Yoga is one of the best ways to delve deeper introspectively, while allowing your body to follow suit as well. Taking a moment when you return (but before you settle into your first day back!) to relax with a more focused and mindful perspective can work wonders on your productivity, and give you the confidence you need to start fresh. Focusing on certain movement patterns in particular can be game changing when it comes to coaxing your body back into the regular swing of things. The following yoga poses are a great way to get the blood flowing efficiently again, while also giving your muscles some relief from long flights or exciting outdoor adventures.

Low Lunge (Anjaneyasana)

If your vacation involved mega jet setting, your body is probably beat from being seated for extended periods of time! Combat the aches and stiff muscles with help from a high lunge, which helps open the hips, lengthens the spine, and opens the chest. If you’ve been binging on yummy bites and drinks, you’re also in luck: Low Lunge also helps aid in digestion!

Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana)

Inversions are a great way to shake things up! Putting your body in an inverted position allows your blood and tissue to be pulled upward, helping reverse the direction of blood flow. This allows your brain to receive more blood and oxygen, which can boost your ability to concentrate on work, remember every last task, and boost your energy!

Supine Spinal Twist (Supta Matsyendrasana)

Our backs and shoulders tend to carry the burden of most of our physical stress, so finding a way to release them both is key. It’s also not an over active pose, making it easy for you to release and let the pose do some work for you! Supine Spinal Twist allows you to slowly release your lower back the longer you hold it, lengthen the muscles on your back, and also helps you improve your shoulder mobility. It’s a full body reset, and a total must post-vacay!

Legs Up The Wall (Viparita Karani)


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This one is a favorite for a reason. If you’ve been hiking, climbing, and running your way to some of the most scenic spots on the planet, this one’s for you: taking off the weight of the day from your spine and lower body joints will help ease you back into the swing of reality! You can reap many of the same benefits of inversions, with half the complexity, so if you’re not quite ready to try an inversion, this is a viable alternative. Take pressure off your knees, feet, and hips, while also re-circulating your blood flow for a complete recharge!

Camel Pose (Ustrasana)


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After reading this, you’ll definitely want to add these in: outside of the expected benefits like spinal and total body stretching, backbend poses have been shown to help ease depression and anxiety. How so? Stretching of the chest and heart muscle allows our body to release built up tension, which helps in improving your mood and stress level. It’s a perfect move to ease the anxiety you might be feeling as your vacation comes to an end!

Yoga can be one of the most helpful ways to help you transition back from vacation, both for your body and mindset! Before you let your worries get the best of you, take a moment to regroup and reset, incorporating these moves into a relaxing flow by yourself, or with your travel partners in crime! Your body will help you turn that mindset of woes to confidence, and you’ll be ready to crush your first day back like a total boss.

Mandy Gragg is a New York City-based certified personal trainer/group fitness instructor and an active fashion and beauty blogger.