You know that yoga can help you relax, but did you know that certain poses and other yogic practices can give you an energy BOOST when you need one? Here are 5 healthy tips for revving up your energy level, from backbends to Beet Root.
1. Strike a pose.
Backbends like Camel, Bridge Pose, and Wheel are known to be energizing, as are mood-boosting inversions. If you’re feeling blah and need a quick fix, try this short, energizing flow from Rae Broderick designed to invigorate the body and calm and focus the mind.
2. Make a don’t-do list.
Yogi Janet Stone recommends making a “don’t-do” list in order to reserve and sustain energy. Ask yourself: is everything on your to-do list really a must? We didn’t think so! And be sure to schedule plenty of time for yourself to practice yoga, meditate, or simply rest and do nothing. Poses like Sukhasana and Savasana are perfect for rest and meditation.
3. Grate some ginger.
According to Ayurveda, when agni (the digestive fire) is low, digestion will be sluggish, which can make you feel less energetic, Vasant Lad, founder and director of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, N.M, tells Yoga Journal. One way to raise agni is to chop or grate a little fresh ginger, add a few drops of lime juice and a pinch of salt, and chew it before meals, he recommends. Also try this recipe for fresh ginger tea.
4. Choose the right herbs.
For athletic and yogic power, Siberian ginseng is the way to go, yoga and Ayurveda master teacher James Bailey tells Yoga Journal. It creates energy and endurance by converting reserves of fat into carbohydrates, he explains. Herbal products line Nature’s Way has a variety of Ginseng products, along with other energy-boosting herbs like Maca Root, Beet Root, Cordyceps and more.
5. Eat energy-boosting foods.
It may seem obvious, but when it comes to your energy level, you are what you eat! And healthy eating is a key part of any mindful yoga practice. Try these 4 energy-boosting mushrooms, which can help beat blood sugar highs and lows. Sweet potatoes can also help boost energy, due to their high carbohydrate content. Snack on these delicious sweet potato cakes before you head out to yoga class. Also enjoy beets, apples, quinoa, yogurt, and lentils for a natural power boost.
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