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Yoga for Energy

  By posted May 29th 2011
Healthy Living
yoga for energy

Switch off the TV, set that coffee mug aside, and practise these yoga postures for energy. Not only will these yoga poses help you fight fatigue, they will also provide you with high energy to tackle your hectic day's routine. Poses like the Sitali Pranayama, Bhastrika, and the practise of Ujjayi breathing will help adjust your body's levels of cotisol – a hormone that contributes to your energy levels. Here's looking at how you can practise these yoga poses and how they will rev up your system from the inside out.


Sitali Pranayama
Method:
Sit in a comfortable erect position and make sure your head, neck and spine are in line.
Take deep breaths for a few minutes and close your eyes. Open your mouth simultaneously by enchanting ‘OM’ loudly.
Now curl the tongue and hang it outside your mouth. Now inhale deeply as if you are sipping through a straw. Focus on your breathing.
This exercise will have a direct impact on your abdomen and lower ribs.
In the end, complete the asana by closing the mouth and breathing normally through your nostrils.
You can perform 10 reps of this asana, for 2 minutes each.

Advantages of Sitali Prayanama: Originated in the Himalayas, saints called this yoga posture or asana Sitali, because it means 'coolness of the breath'. This prayanama aids in making your breath damp and moistens it to allow water saturated air to pass through your body, which keeps you fresh and energetic all day long.  

Bhastrika
Method:
Sit in a comfortable position with your back straight.
Close your eyes and start exhaling and inhaling via nose by focusing on the abdominal muscles.
As soon as you release your abdominal muscles you’ll realize that your diaphragm contracts before you start to inhale.
Hear the sound of your breath and perform this asana for 5 times at a stretch. Give it a pause. Breathe normally. And start again.
Complete one to two rounds on a daily basis and increase the number of your breaths by 5, each week.
Keep in mind that bhastrika should not be performed by people who suffer from heart diseases, chronic constipation or ulcers without taking due consent from your doctor.

Advantages of Bhastrika: This asana beats the morning melancholy and gives a boost to your immune system by using the morning sun's rays as a source of gaining energy. Bhastrika, also known as ‘bellows’ in Sanskrit leaves you with a tranquil feeling all over your mind and body.

Ujjayi Breathing
Method:
Sit in a comfortable position. Make sure that your shoulders are not hunched.
Take deep breaths and expand your abdomen fully while you inhale and contract your abdomen fully while you exhale.
This asana works on the lower rib cage.

Advantages of Ujjayi Breathing: Ujjayi is a Sanskrit word that combines uj, which means 'up', and jayi, which means 'victory'. Ujjaying breathing helps you get acquainted with your body's breathing rhythm. Practise it anytime - when you are walking back from the office or before or after your morning run. A few breaths of this yoga pose can give you the much needed energy shot that your body needs.

*Image courtesy: © Thinkstock photos/ Getty Images  

 

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