Yoga, the ancient method of stretching and strengthening muscles with a global following, may be the answer to reviving your energy levels from within. So throw out the coffee, forgo the power nap, grab a mat and let’s get started!
How It Works
How does yoga boost your energy? Statistics show that some yoga poses rejuvenate the hormone cortisol. If cortisol levels are low, you may have low energy. So partaking in a yoga regime may give you the extra influx of energy you need. Yoga also gently massages internal organs, increasing blood circulation and overall well-being. When you strengthen and stretch isolated muscles and muscle groups, toxins are released from the body. Yoga revitalizes all your systems, providing the power boost you need to get moving.
For centuries, fitness experts have known the power of deep breathing. Often, when stressed, we tend to hold our breath and continue shallow breathing. This elevates our stress levels, decreasing oxygen to muscles and organs, making us feel tired and fatigued.
But yoga is all about deep breathing and oxygenating your body. Restorative yoga is all about relaxation with emphasis on breathing restorative poses. During your work day, make intentional efforts to breathe deep, and you’ll feel more energized. Take a moment and deeply inhale and exhale. Do this for several moments. Can you feel the rush? Yoga provides specific techniques to help you breath effectively, here are a couple:
Move your belly
While inhaling, your diaphragm descends to the abdomen, moving the abdominal muscles and belly. As you exhale, be conscious of your diaphragm as it releases back toward your heart, and your belly as it moves toward your spine.
Be quiet and calm
Chest muscles are relaxed when we’re at rest. As we become stressed and expel energy, chest muscles can become rigid and tight. Intentionally relax your upper body: neck, shoulders, jaw, and throat. Feel the release. And the energy.
Yoga Poses for Energy
You can do these invigorating poses in the comfort of your home, or beside your desk at work.
Just like it sounds, a tree pose strengthens the muscles around your knees and stimulates your core. It embraces your mental balance and stability. You may choose to stand near a wall for balance for this pose. Be like a tree; lift your head toward the sky and plant your feet to the ground.
While breathing in a flowing rhythm, start with your hands on your hips and stand tall with your foot firmly on the floor. Bend your left knee and place your left foot on the inside of your right knee, thigh or ankle (wherever is comfortable for you). With hands together, bring your hands in front of your chest and then reach for the sky. Hold for 30 seconds to one minute. On exhale, return your leg to start position. Repeat other side.
The corpse pose realigns your entire body while nurturing your sympathetic nervous system. Do this pose with a soft blanket and soothing aromas. Besides being a perfect end to a yoga circuit, it can actually make you feel energized.
Lie on your back in a supine position. With palms facing up, relax your shoulders and let your body become limp. Relax. Let go. Clear your mind of all thoughts. Replace tension and stress with calm and quietness. Hold this position for 10 to 30 minutes. Leave your mat feeling energized!
For optimum results, join a yoga class or find a yoga instructor who’ll guide you through the yoga poses. Never do exercises or movements that cause you pain; use proper technique. Yoga is all about finding your own unique flow and rhythm. Listen to your body, stay on track and feel the results.