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Energy Boosters

Pick up your energy levels within 15 mins.

When you were a kid, energy was never a problem! Kids often have surplus energy and parents have a tough time channelizing it to the right direction. Why do you think as adults we lose this boundless energy? What do we do that depletes us? The answer is quite simple – as adults we stop listening to our bodies.  We get obsessed with our immediate goals and neglect our bodies! We need to get back to being close to ourselves and bring balance to our lives.
Everyone is tired now and then, and the reason is usually obvious: You may not have been sleeping well because you're depressed, anxious or are taking caffeine or some medication that keeps you awake.  Or you're taking a medication that sedates you during the day, such as a tranquilizer, a blood-pressure-lowering drug or a painkiller. Or you're suffering from jet lag. If you can identify the problem - whatever it is - and correct it, your energy will return.
Continuous fatigue for no apparent reason is nature's signal to you that something is wrong. In addition to the causes mentioned above, a variety of other conditions - ranging from some that are easily managed to serious diseases like cancer – can make you tired. You may he anemic for any one of several reasons, or perhaps your liver, thyroid or kidneys aren't working properly.

Symptoms: of low energy

  • Headache
  • Poor sleep
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Low mood
  • Pale skin
  • Fatigue
  • Poor concentration
  • Irregular heart beats
  • Fainting
  • Low blood pressure
  • Weight gain

While lack of regular exercise makes you dull and listless, here I am sharing the effects of exercise that deplete your energy. When you exercise; sugar is broken down into different chemicals, to produce energy for muscles. As long as you get all the oxygen you need, the final products are carbon dioxide and water, but if you exercise so vigorously that you can't get the oxygen that you need, the reactions stop, causing a chemical called lactic acid to accumulate in your muscles and spill into you bloodstream.
Lactic acid causes muscles to hurt and makes you feel tired. You breathe hard and fast and slow down to catch up with your oxygen debt, which converts lactic acid into carbon dioxide and water that are blown off as you breathe. Blood levels of lactic acid lower and your muscles stop hurting. A pace that you can hold breathing deeper and faster, but not gasping for breath is called the lactic acid threshold and is the training level for most competitive athletes.  In yoga, when you stretch or twist the muscles with breathing, you oxygenate the muscle cells, in that situation lactic acid is reduced.
Very interesting is the example of swimmer Michael Phelps, 23 who won 8 Gold medals in Beijing Olympic 2008. Because genetically Phelps body can flush out lactic acid in a minute vs. other athletes body take atleast 1 or 2 hours so his energy always high.
How does yoga boost your energy?
Yoga is full of solutions to boost up your energy. By gently stretching muscles and joints as well as massaging the various organs, yoga ensures the optimum blood supply to various parts of the body. This helps in the flushing out of toxins from every corner of your body
It works on your glands also to fix your metabolism. During your work day you breakdown lots of cells because of that you fell tired, yoga rejuvenates your cells and the number of cells growing increases thereby increasing energy levels!!
Meditation
You can boost your vitality by practicing pranayama, and meditation. If you’re new to meditation, try working with the So Hum mantra. Close your eyes and breathe deeply for several minutes. Then, focusing your attention at the third eye, mentally say the word “so” on an inhalation and mentally say the word “hum” on an exhalation. Continue repeating this mantra in coordination with your breath for at least five minutes. This meditation will build up your energy.


Trikonasana

Often our glands are sluggish and not functioning at their full capacity. This posture restores the functioning of the liver and pancreas. Once these are vitalized energy levels are automatically raised.

  • Stand erect with the feet about a meter apart.
  • While breathing in, raise the arms to shoulder level.
  • While breathing out, bend forward. Twist the back to the left and hold your left ankle with the right hand.
  • Your left arm should be outstretched upwards and look up at the left hand.
  • Hold the breath for 5 seconds, felling the twist and stretch of the back.
  • Repeat this other side also.
  • This is one round. Practice atleast 3 rounds.

Benefits

  • It affects the muscles on the sides of the back, the waist and the back of the leg and twist the whole spine.
  • It stimulates the nervous system and alleviates nervous depression.
  • It improves digestion.

Vajrasana Breathing
Our pressure points in the feet and hands get pressed and release energy through our nerves, which get relaxed and the minute nervous tension is relaxed energy is enhanced!

  • Sit on the heels.
  • Place the palms on top of the heels so that the fingers are pointing towards each other.
  • Keep the head and spine straight, close the eyes and relax the whole body.
  • Fix the attention at the eyebrows centre.
  • Slow and deep breathing.
  • Imagine that the breath is moving in and out of the eyebrow centre.
  • Fell like you inhale from the eyebrow centre and exhale from the eyebrow centre.

Benefits

  • Our whole body weight falls on our legs- we have all energy points in our heels and calf muscles.
  • So if you only sit on the heels you activate all the points to boost up the energy.
  • It also calms the mind, relaxes the nervous system.



Sarvangasana (shoulder stand pose)

Energizing the Thyroid and Thymus glands this posture helps to boost our immune response, saving us from regular virus attacks and conserving our energy. It works on the Thyroid gland which fixes your metabolic rate and helps to shed weight which is responsible for lack of energy!

  • Lie on the back on a mat.
  • Place the hands beside the body with the palms facing down. Relax the entire body and mind.
  • Press the hands down to the floor and lift your legs up 90 degrees.
  • Slowly lift your hips and spine off the floor with the support of the hands straight upwards.
  • Hold this posture for 5 breaths. Slowly come back in the final pose.
  • Repeat this for 3 times.

Benefits

  • By pressing the chest against the chin this asana stimulates the thyroid gland, balancing the circulatory, digestive, reproductive, nervous and endocrine system.
  • Together with the enriched blood flow to the brain, it also relieves mental and emotional stress, fear and headaches, and helps clear psychological disturbances.

Halasana (plough pose)
This powerful posture works on the entire spine and as a result on the nervous system to relax and remove stress from the nervous system. Energy is released when this happens!

  • Lie flat on the back with palms facing down.
  • Raise both legs up. Press down on the arms and lift the hips, rolling the back away from the floor.
  • Lower the legs over the head.
  • Try to touch the toes on the floor, interlock the fingers on the mat.
  • In the pose your breath should be normal hold for 15 seconds.

Benefits

  • Halasana massages all the internal organs.
  • It improves liver and kidney function.
  • Relieves spasms in the back muscles, tones the spinal nerves, improving the operation of the sympathetic nervous system, and increases blood circulation to the whole area.
  • It regulates the thyroid gland which balances the body’s metabolic rate, and stimulates the thymus gland, boosting the immune system.



Chakrasana (wheel pose)

This posture greatly improves blood circulation and gives space to the lungs to expand and absorb more oxygen thereby energizing the whole body!

  • Lie on the back with the knees bend and the heels touching the hips.
  • The feet should be shoulder level apart.
  • Palms under your shoulders with the finger pointing inwards.
  • Inhale and lift your body upwards.
  • Try to arch the back as high as possible in the final position.
  • Let the head hang between the arms. Hold for 10 seconds.
  • Then slowly lower the body.

Benefits

  • Chakrasana is beneficial to the nervous, digestive, respiratory, and cardiovascular system.
  • It influences all the hormonal secretion. 

Note: All postures should be held only after a good warm up or they will cause spasms in the muscles.

 

Natural energy boosters

Sleep
It seems obvious, but getting enough sleep is vital for our brains and bodies to function. We need 8 hours of beauty sleep per night, to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
A lack of sleep can also cause the emotional centers of the brain to dramatically overreact to negative experiences. This potentially means the lack of rest could make you more emotional in the day.
Drink More Water
Water in our bodies is in constant need of replenishing. Over 50 percent of the body is made up of water and can deplete when we sweat or pass urine.
The body depends heavily on water and it is vital to keep hydrated, otherwise your energy levels will suffer and concentrating will become increasingly difficult. You may also suffer from headaches and tiredness.
To prevent these side effects, you should aim to drink at least 10-12 glasses of water in a day. Also remember to drink more when exercising and during hot weather.


Energy Foods

Eating a balance diet will do wonders for your energy levels. In particular, green vegetables like sprouts are an excellent food source of energy. Sometimes in a day we should have fruits and juices also.

Take a deep breath.

take a few deep breaths when you feel your energy level dropping. Stop what you are doing and pay attention to your breath moving in and out of your body. By taking time to pause instead of rushing, hurrying and worrying, you give yourself a chance to rest and recharge.

Break up the routine.

Another way to get out of an energy-zapping
Nurture Yourself

If you commit to living a healthy, balanced lifestyle, you’ll begin to feel more vibrant in no time. Get regular yoga in your life. Go to bed on time, and wake up on time every day; nourish your senses with nature and the arts; think positive; spend time with loved ones;