In need of an energy boost to get your yoga flow on?
Creating a yoga sequence that fits your energy needs is an important part of establishing a good routine. The various recommended poses you have to learn to do yoga are not always easy to learn by yourself. So attending a yoga class to learn them safely is a good idea. But having a daily yoga routine is not a clear cut mission – it requires a lot of energy!
Let's look at some of the ways you can acquire more energy for your challenging yoga class:
Nutritious diet: Incorporating a nourishing, balanced diet is a primary means of sustaining energy in the body. Too many sugars can send your blood sugar into a see-saw cycle of quick energy bursts followed by exhaustion, fatigue, and drowsiness. Try adding in healthy, natural fats along with moderate protein to your pre-workout snack.
Stay hydrated: It’s a proven science that the body and brain are largely composed of water. Dehydration causes a lot of changes in the body, including the brain to slow down. Keeping hydrated will allow you to do your workouts at a natural pace.
Eat smaller meals: Did you know that eating large meals makes one sleepy? Well, now you know. Secondly, large meals require a large amount of energy to digest, leaving less energy for your yoga practise.
Improve fitness: It’s rather obvious that exercises exhaust energy. However, long-term fitness can do the opposite. Regular exercises actually enable you to retain an alert and energetic state for a longer length of time.
Lower the room temperature: Practicing in warm ambient temperature creates lethargy. However, cool temperatures will force the body to burn more calories and pump more blood. This keeps you more active and energetic all through your yoga practice.
Practice your posture: Correct posture allows blood to flow properly all through the body. With a healthy blood circulation, both digestion and mental alertness are boosted, creating more energy for your workout!
Exercise your mind: You need to keep your brain active and alert during yoga classes. Indulging in mental tasks trains your brain to be more alert and active. Try working out puzzles, playing an instrument or exercising your creativity.
Hang around open minded people: Keeping company with people with an open mind makes you more open minded. You actually ‘absorb’ some of their enthusiasm and positivity.
Enough sleep: You need to have a good sleep to allow your body to repair and reboot. This will allow your brain to be active and more alert. Alertness will boost your energy levels during the workouts.
Schedule the workout when fully active: Unfortunately, you cannot be active throughout the entire day. There are times when the body is more active than other times. It’s important to schedule the practice when you’re fully active to reap the full benefits.
Listening to music: Music is a powerful relaxation tool. Existing research proves that music reduces anxiety, lowers the blood pressure and decreases the stress hormones. These are some of the distractions which reduce your concentration and energy. When eliminated, you are fully functional to take on the practise.
Mood moderation: Did you know that mood can regulate energy flow? Staying positive and excited boosts your energy without necessarily using stimulants.
Snack sensibly: In case you love snacks, it’s advisable to go for protein snacks instead of the sugary kind.
Eat breakfast: A number of people skip breakfast for various reasons. However, having a good breakfast keeps your energy levels steady all through the day. Perhaps it is the most important meal of the day!
Herbal supplements: Ginseng, kelp, liquorice root and cinnamon are known for boosting energy. You can explore how to effectively incorporate these superfoods into your diet.