Fall is officially here. According to Ayurvedic philosophy, this time of year is dry and light. You may feel more prone to erratic energy during this season, swinging between highs and lows. A steady, consistent yoga practice will support your vibrant, abundant energy… And yogic philosophy sheds light on re-balancing techniques that will keep you healthy and energized.
The prana-maya kosha in yoga is the sheath of energy that animates the physical body. This kosha is also called the prana body. Prana is your vital, life force and this aspect of your being is also known as the river of life. You can sense your prana body by noticing any pulsing, streaming, or tingling sensations. Your breath and your bloodstream are the main components of this energy body, so specific actions that cultivate deep breathing and get your blood moving will do wonders for your vitality.
Practice the following eight energizing techniques to give your prana body a boost when you are feeling low!
One: Drink 8-10 glasses of room-temperature water throughout the day to stay hydrated.
Tip: Keep a reusable water bottle with you and fill it with filtered tap water. And avoid sugary drinks to prevent your energy from swinging from high to low. This also will support your fitness goals, as Americans consume approximately 25% of their daily calories in drinks!
Two: Breathe deeply… often.
Tip: Place your left hand on your belly and your right hand on your heart. Breathe into your belly as you feel your heart beat.
Three: Move your body joyfully and go upside down!
Tip: Walk in nature? Dance while you cook? Practice yoga. Spin, lift weights, cycle, run, jump rope, hula-hoop, or play active games. And then, take some time to rest your legs up against a wall and create an easy restorative inversion!
Four: Laugh more.
Tip: Spend time with someone who makes you laugh… daily! Prioritize this healthy connection. And let the humor move you!
Five: Get regular sleep.
Tip: Check out these Twelve Steps to Improve Your Sleep, including establishing a pre-sleep routine: “Physically and psychologically stressful activities can cause the body to secrete the stress hormone cortisol, which is associated with increasing alertness. If you tend to take your problems to bed, try writing them down—and then putting them aside.” -Harvard Medical School
Six: Eat more often. Shoot for three balanced meals and two healthy snacks.
Tip: A balanced meal includes the six macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water. Eating smaller portions, more often stabilizes your blood sugar, prevents overeating, and boosts your energy. Plan your menu ahead of time and keep your meals light, with an abundance of veggies!
Seven: Listen to energizing music.
Tip: Do not resist the urge to dance. Shake that thing!
Eight: Let go of your worries.
Tip: Work within your sphere of influence in the present moment… and make the choice to release the rest. “Lord, grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” ― Francis of Assisi
*legs up the wall image taken from yoga journal