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How to Get More Energy: Boost Your Energy With These 4 Simple Steps

Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to have a full and busy schedule from morning til night.

Most people have a hard time doing all the things they have to do in a day. They typically wish a day lasts for 36 instead of 24 hours. Some of them get through the entire to-do list to find themselves extremely tired and run down at the end of it.

But then there are some whose lack of energy begins before they even start doing their tasks for the day. Most wake up feeling lethargic even when they’ve had 8 or more hours of sleep.

This leads to problems with productivity, even when they force themselves to work, they end up becoming more tired. This also tends to take a toll on family and social life, as these tend to be neglected.

There are some things that can increase energy, these include certain lifestyle changes and help from supplements and vitamins.

How to Boost Energy Levels

1) Enough Rest

Getting the proper amount of sleep is important in maintaining a high energy level throughout the day. Daily chores and work load takes its toll on the mind and body, and getting fitful sleep helps restore depleted.

However, several people have difficulty getting to bed. One of the leading causes of insomnia is stress; if the mind and body are tired, it’s still hard to let go of problems and relax. A bedtime routine can help curb this. Creating a relaxing bedroom environment and avoiding stimulants before bedtime also helps.

2) Diet and Exercise

Certain foods tend to deplete energy more than others. It is not a secret that heavy meals make the body more sluggish.

Carbohydrates are one famous culprit. Athletes tend to carbo-load before big games so that they have a huge burst of energy. However, if the carbohydrates don’t get burned right away with frenetic activity, they tend to make people sleepy.

Choosing junk foods is another way to sabotage energy levels. These have no real nutrients, and are unable to fuel the body for long. Eating a well-balanced diet with fruits and vegetables will bring a marked improvement.

Exercising also leads to having more energy. Proper exercise increases heart rate, improves blood flow, and boosts endorphin production. This makes you more alert and more ready for action. Working out often results in a clearer mind and an overall feeling of well being.

3) Weight Loss

Low activity level leads to weight gain, which contributes to low energy levels.

It is often hard for obese or overweight people to lose weight, because their bodies are already used to not burning calories. This is ironic because the best way to lose weight is by increasing metabolism with activity while limiting food intake to healthy alternatives.

Natural weight-loss products such as Guarana Blast can help. Made of Guarana fruit from Brazil, this product increases energy and suppresses the appetite. It also removes toxins to improve circulation and digestion.

Since the product helps people lose weight faster and easier, it gives extra confidence. This helps motivate dieters to lose more weight in the long run.

4) Supplements

Several supplements and over-the-counter drugs are marketed to improve energy levels. These can help improve energy, but some may have harmful side effects. Some may even have ingredients such as ephedrine, which can be used to create metamphetamines.

Conclusion

While these can increase awareness, they typically have a natural “crash”, wherein the energy level suddenly drops. People taking this can also build up immunity, such that they require larger doses to get the desired effect. Caffeine also has a similar effect.

There are natural products that can give an energy boost without side effects. Cylapril is made from Acai Berries. It helps revitalize the body’s Adrenal system. It cleans and removes toxins and increases the production of adrenaline, a naturally-produced hormone that increases energy.

Lack of energy can also be a symptom of an underlying medical problem. If you have explored every avenue without success, the problem could lie deeper. Diabetes is one illness that leaves people tired. It is recommended to consult a doctor regarding unexplained low energy levels.

Restorative Yoga Classes

Restorative yoga is a gentle, meditative practice using supported asanas and simple yoga props, slow deep breathing to enable the practitioner to completely relax, revitalize and restore energy. 

The complete relaxation response allows for the release of deeply held tensions while strengthening the immune system. 

It encourages a state of being rather than doing, therefore beneficial for all yoga students needing a more gentle yoga experience, students healing from an injury, those looking to balance an active practice and lifestyle.

Benefits include:  relief from symptoms resulting from stress, supportive of women during menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, fantastic for anyone wishing to experience a sense of well-being and rejuvenation resulting from deep rest and relaxation.

Antonella Caruso is a Kripalu professional certified yoga instructor – Registered with Yoga Alliance as and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher(ERYT-500)and director of Prema shanti yoga.

Studying yoga for 20 years and has been teaching for 15 years. Certified with Judith Lasater as a Relax and Renew Trainer and she continues to study and teach the receptive, restoring benefits of yoga practice.

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Yoga Props to Bring with you

Yoga support props available at studio for your convenience, you are welcome to bring your favorite mat, pillows, blankets, and eye pillows. 

Common Paths of Yoga

With so many yoga styles floating around these days it can be confusing to understand how all of these styles fit together and what they share in common.

Yoga is a system and a science of exploring what it means to be human, in this body, with this mind and connect to the divine that is within all of us.

Just like different tools are needed for different jobs, so different paths of yoga are prescribed for different people. Below are the four main paths outlined in the ancient India text the Bhagavad Gita. As you read this, think to yourself, which one of these paths fits best with my personality?

Different Paths of Yoga

Bhakti Yoga: This is the yoga of devotion. Of complete surrender to whatever chosen deity or God we believe in.

This is the path that is commonly practiced by the Hari Krishnas, you know, those guys you see on the streets in robes, singing, dancing, and chanting. It involves heart opening practices like mantras, and thinking about the wisdom stories, connecting with aspects of whatever you call Divine, with what makes you feel connected.

One of the things that seems important to me about bhakti is what Krishna says in the Gita: all the paths work, but the bhakti path is easier, because it gives you a form to focus on.

Within the bhakti tradition, you reflect on Kali, Krishna, Jesus, or whoever is your favorite form and as that reflection matures you let go of the separation, you take the deity into your body and you feel like you are Krishna or Kali.

In bhakti yoga losing yourself in the devotion brings deep happiness that leads toward wisdom, love, and clear seeing.

Raja Yoga: Outlined by the sage Patanjali in the Patanjali Yoga Sutras, translated as royal yoga, Raja consists of eight steps that ultimately lead to the enlightened state of samadhi.

Yama (abstinence) – non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, continence, and non-greed.

Beginning with the outside world, this step is a good recipe for how the yogi should prepare him/her self.

It deals with the vital matters of our behavior, our attitudes, and how we are with others.

Niyama (observance) -purity, contentment, accepting but not causing pain, study of spiritual books, and self surrender to God

The second steps encourages us to treat our bodies as a temple that houses the spirit within. Keep it pure, clean. The same goes for speech and thought, keeping those clean and pure makes for a holy temple that becomes our vehicle for practicing yoga.

Asana (posture)

The downward dogs, the lounges, and the headstands, all fit into this category. In fact almost any Western style yoga class, no matter if its called shadow yoga, Iyengar, or Vinyasa, fits into this third step in the Raja Yoga tradition.

Developed thousands of years ago, these poses are meant to cleanse and strengthen the body to prepare us for the later stages of yoga.

Pranayama (breath control)

Once the body has become strong and steady, what to do with this crazy monkey mind?

To practice meditation we need not only a steady body but also a still mind and thus pranayama is used.

There are dozens of different breathing techniques to help with pregnancy and all with the purpose of purifying the mind.

Pratyhara (sense withdrawal)

As we get into this fifth stage, we are now ready to begin the journey inward and this means relinquishing our attachment to the world. In this stage we much let go of the need for others approval, and of societal norms.

Here, the entire focus of our minds in every moment is set on observing the internal world that is within ourselves. This includes our bodily sensations, emotions, and thoughts.

Benefits of Bikram Yoga

The postures in the series work synergistically and cumulatively to align and balance the body. Bikram yoga builds energy, stamina, and finesse.

Postures gently stretch, squeeze and massage the internal organs, flushing out the cardiovascular system, and stimulating the endocrine and nervous systems. Out of balance hormones and enzymes get released or inhibited as necessary. (The body is self-regulating and self-adjusting. It knows what and how much it needs.)

Heart Benefits of Bikram Yoga

Cholesterol in the blood gets regulated, and also gets blasted out of the arteries and veins; oxygen and nutrients are supplied to parts of the body that have been in “cold storage”; toxins are eliminated; the central nervous system is both energized and soothed.

The lymphatic nervous system is also flushed out and the immune system is boosted. Sexual vitality and fertility are improved.

The internal organs and endocrine glands are brought back into balance and peak efficiency. The body’s nerve channels and energy meridians are reopened and strengthened.

Lung capacity is expanded, leading to greater vitality. Bones are strengthened. The joints are opened and lubricated. The muscles are strengthened, toned, and made more flexible.

Deep stretching helps pregnant women lose weight by reorganizing cells’ lipids and proteins, so that calories can be more effectively burned. This reorganization on the cellular level helps the body to operate at peak efficiency, which also leads to greater energy.

Visit our boutique

Choose from the peninsula’s best selection of yoga lifestyle clothing – Lulu-lemon, Prana, Shakti, Breathe, Karma, Belisama, and more. We carry sizes XS through XL. Or choose a new mat, yoga bag, or Yogi-toes. 

The Boutique is open 7 days a week 30 minutes before and after each class, or by appointment. See our class schedule here

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