Updated: Mar 21
Have you noticed that your energy levels are low lately?
What do you do to boost your energy?
It’s been a tough year of ups and downs, the uncertainty of the future, and a whole complex array of emotions that we are having to learn how to channel whilst being stuck at home with no contact, no distractions, and no fun!
I am happy to say that this pandemic pushed me out of my comfort zone and got me focusing on projects that I had been talking about starting for so long but never had the courage or confidence to do. But this doesn’t mean that there weren’t days when I did not want get out of bed, that my mental and physical energy was drained and I would ask myself the question…”What is the point?”
On these days I chose to be gentle and I reassured myself that nothing is permanent...
I found that I had the urge to want to move but for some reason I could not bring myself to get going. On these days I chose to be gentle and I reassured myself that nothing is permanent, and these thoughts and feelings would pass. Some days I needed an extra nudge. One thing that I found helped me was rolling my mat out right next to my bed, so that when I woke up in the morning it was right there, and even if I only did a few cat-cows or stretches, at least I moved my body and I always felt better for it.
Now I can feel that my energy is starting to replenish itself and when I have that urge to move I am doing so, my body and mind thanks me and I never regret it . So this month I thought it would be nice to share some yoga sequences, meditations and pranayama (breath-work) practices that I have been doing over the last year to keep myself energised.
It’s time to get motivated to move forward!
"Motivation is a pathway to change our way of thinking, feeling, and behaving."
To get to started, here is a 5 minute energy boosting meditation for you to try out. I suggest trying this one with earphones in order to enhance the effects of the meditation.
How does yoga increase your energy?
In addition to improving your quality of sleep, a topic that will be covered in an upcoming blog, and reducing stress and anxiety, yoga can also be a natural energy booster.
Yoga works on shifting blocked energy within the body and particularly along the spine...
Yoga works on shifting blocked energy within the body and particularly along the spine, so when you move your body and elongate your spine, it energises the nervous system.
Yoga also stimulates the blood flow and circulation, which increased energy and this benefits your whole body, allowing for natural sustained energy throughout your day. Back-bending poses counteract the harmful effects of sitting for long periods of time and a consistent yoga practice could assist you to reduce the long term effects of the unnatural slouching position that we end up in, especially in the current times, where we are all at home and moving our bodies a lot less than we used to.
What is Pranayama and how can it give me more energy?
Pranayama is the regulation of the breath through focused, controlled breathing techniques.
I recall learning various Pranayama techniques during my Yoga teacher training and remember feeling so connected to myself after every practice. I remember my teacher explaining the importance of slowing down the breath in order to increase the flow of energy in the body, life expectancy and overall health, with a description of the difference between the pace of a human beings breath and a dogs breath. If you think about how a dog breathes, the breath is always fast and shallow and the life expectancy of the average dog varies between 7 to 16 years, depending on the size of the dog and the breed. She explained that by slowing down the breath and controlling it, we reduce our levels of stress, therefore increasing our life expectancy, as we all know that stress is a major factor in exacerbating diseases in the body.
Now I find myself utilitsing these breathing techniques on a daily basis, not only to manage stress, but also to get to sleep, increase stamina when exercising and to bring myself back to the present moment, when I find that my mind runs away.
In the pranic body, prana flows through nadis, which are energy channels, and this energy is stored in the Chakras, which are energy centres than run along the midline of the body. Stay with me here…. by practicing pranayama, you start to clear these channels and shift the energy around in the body. In many individuals, these energy pathways are blocked and therefore the Chakras only release partial energy.