Eight-Angle Pose is great for energizing as well as strengthening the arms, wrists and abdomen.
HOW TO DO IT: Begin in a slightly wider stance than Mountain Pose (Tadasana). Bend forward to Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana), pressing your hands into the floor outside your feet. Bend your knees a little, slipping your right arm between your legs and then directly behind your right leg, placing your right hand just outside your right foot. Use your right arm to move your right leg up onto the back of your right shoulder. Slide your left foot to the right. Hook your left ankle over your right ankle. Lean a little to the left and begin to lift yourself further off the floor. Lean forward so that your torso is parallel to the floor. As you do, move your legs to the right. Squeeze your upper arm with your thighs for support as you twist your torso to the left. Keep your elbows close to your body as you focus your gaze on the floor or in front of you. Hold for 30 seconds to a minute. Gently straighten your arms, bringing your torso back to upright. Release your feet to the floor and return to starting position. Rest a few breaths. Repeat the exercise on the other side. Remember to breathe.