Yoga for Energy

Yoga for Energy

Do you suffer from the dreaded late-afternoon slump? Do you rely on a good, strong cup of coffee or a fatty, sugary snack to perk yourself up? Well, there’s no need to, and excessive caffeine, fat and sugar play havoc on your body.
Why not try something a little different to get more energy to get through the day? Yoga’s commonly recognised for its calming benefits but it can also help put some more bounce into your step. Our yogi Dominique has some fantastic poses. Give them a shot and you might find that you don’t even want that coffee anymore.
The following mini-sequence is designed to combat late afternoon energy slumps. Try this next time you’re feeling tired. This sequence helps to send oxygen-rich blood to the brain and gently stimulates the adrenal glands and pancreas to lift energy levels and balance blood sugar naturally.
Cat pose – bidalasana
Begin on all fours with hands directly under shoulders and knees directly under hips. Inhale and slowly arch the spine down towards the floor, looking gently up towards the ceiling. Exhale to reverse this movement, rounding the spine up towards the ceiling and looking towards the belly. Repeat 5 to 10 times.

Cobra pose – bhujanasana
From all fours, gently lower your body flat on the floor. Place the hand in line with the throat and roll the shoulder blades down the spine, away from the ears. Inhale and slowly lift the head, shoulders, chest and ribs off the floor. Depress the shoulders to engage the arms and chest and look ahead with the neck neutral.
Only come up as far as your lower back permits and as far as you can while maintaining a smooth, steady breath. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths and then slowly release to the floor.
Downward facing dog pose – adho mukha svanasana
From lying on the floor, place the hands near to lower ribs and come back slowly to all fours with your wrists directly underneath your shoulders and your knees directly underneath your hips. Tuck the toes under and inhale, lifting your pelvis up to the ceiling, tilting your hips up on a diagonal angle like an inverted V-shape.
Relax the head in between the arms and soften the muscles in the face. This is very important to allow for maximum circulation of arterial blood in the upper body and head. Hold this position for 5 to 10 breaths or as long as feels appropriate to you.
To release, inhale to all fours and exhale to bring the hips back to the heels in child’s pose. Bring the arms back behind the body and rest the forehead on the floor. If your forehead doesn’t reach the floor, stack the fists on top of one another and rest the head here.
Allow the body to absorb the energy of the sequence. Repeat the entire sequence of posture 2 to 3 times, depending on how you feel.
This is a great, all-natural way to get some much-needed energy back into your day. Find a quiet spot at your school, office or home and get into yoga – it’s got to be better than a caffeine rush or sugary hit that only lasts for a short while!

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Dominique Salerno is an inspired, passionate and enthusiastic yogi, teacher and healer.
In 2000 she began teaching yoga full-time and founded the Australian Yoga Academy. Since this time Dominique has dedicated her life to yoga and teaches yoga and universal laws relating to mind, body and spirit for in excess of 1000 hours per year.