- Get at least 6 hours of sleep everyday
- Don't skip your meals
- Practice pranayama and yoga
Does your routine day involve traveling to work, staring at the computer screen for hours, being stuck in traffic jam on the way back home and feeling too exhausted at the end of the day to spend time with your loved ones? Are you unable to pursue your hobby over weekends because of an over-stressful week at work? If yes, then your body is probably suffering from low prana or energy levels.
Energy is needed by the body for doing any mental or physical activity. This energy is acquired by eating healthy food and getting sufficient sleep. Apart from these two sources, the body also gets energized with yoga practice and regular meditation.
Yoga for enhanced energy levels
Yoga postures are the most inexpensive source of bringing deep relaxation and rejuvenation to the body. One might feel enervated after sitting for long hours or shuttling between different tasks. Yoga increases 'prana' or life force energy in the body by removing blockages along the spinal cord and smoothening the energy flow.
Enhance your body's energy levels by practicing these simple yoga postures and feel the difference for yourself:
Veerabhadrasana (Warrior pose)
Named after Veerabhadra, a fierce warrior and an incarnation of Lord Shiva, this yoga posture strengthens and tones the arms, legs and lower back. It is highly beneficial for people with sedentary jobs.
Utkatasana (Chair pose)
Sitting in a chair may sound very easy and comfortable but sitting in an imaginary chair might be a little challenging! This yoga posture unblocks energy centers, exercises the spine, hips and chest muscles. It helps strengthen the lower back and torso.
Setu Bandhasana (Bridge pose)
Bridge pose helps you unblock the flow of energy along the spinal cord. This yoga posture also strengthens the back muscles and relieves the tired back instantaneously. It stretches the chest, neck and spine; and also calms the brain, reduces anxiety, stress and depression.
Shalabhasana (Locust Posture)
The Locust pose adds agility to the body and also increases flexibility and strength of the entire back, shoulders and arms. This yoga posture also massages and tones abdominal organs while improving digestion too.
Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana (Dolphin Plank pose)
Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana is a rejuvenating yoga posture that helps tones the abdominal muscles. It effectively relives the body of headache, fatigue and back-ache. It also strengthens the arms and legs while toning the abdominal muscles and relieving the body of menstrual discomfort.
Nadi Shodhan Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing))
The region between the eyebrows is the place where all the nadis meet. Activating the energy centers from this region is one of the easiest, subtle and profound ways to energize the body and calm the mind. This technique works therapeutically for most circulatory and respiratory problems and harmonizes the left and right hemispheres of the brain. It also rids the body of any accumulated stress.
Transforming energy with yoga
Practicing these yoga postures regularly will boost energy levels in the body and keep you active throughout the day. With better energy levels, you can complete your work before deadlines and still have time to pursue your hobby or spend more time with family and friends. Clubbing yoga with your present workout regime will also help bring more agility and stamina over a period of time, eventually letting you enjoy life more.
Newton's law of energy states that "Energy may be transformed from one form to another, but it can not be created or destroyed." Yoga helps assimilate and use this energy more effectively while keeping the body physically and mentally healthy.
Yoga practice helps develop the body and mind bringing a lot of health benefits yet is not a substitute for medicine. It is important to learn and practice yoga postures under the supervision of a trained Sri Sri Yoga teacher. In case of any medical condition, practice yoga postures after consulting a doctor and a Sri Sri Yoga teacher. Find a Sri Sri Yoga course at an Art of Living Center near you. Do you need information on courses or share feedback? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org