Sometimes our energy levels may feel quite low or lower than usual. This is not unusual, and quiet normal. Our energy shifts from busy, busy to laid back lethargic and all the variations in between. Many factors affect our energy levels and it again is not unusual to find it hard to achieve a sense of balance or equilibrium. If your energy seems to regularly be on a low or a high, and rarely balanced it may well be worth seeing a medic as there could be a biomedical reason for this. To be clear this practice is not a cure all for long standing problems, rather it is a simple and short practice to “prime the pump”. I use a variation of this most mornings as my jump start or priming the pump routine, so it is a personally, tried and tested method. So perhaps it could be considered a gentle morning practice?
First things first it is always important to settle into a comfortable position. I like to sit cross legged in lotus pose but for others, lying on the floor or mat with arms either side of the body, palms up and feet relaxed out is a nice starting position. The purpose of this is to simply check in with the three important aspects of you: your body, breath and mind. So I like to imagine that a scanner is scanning down and around my body to see how it is. As the scanner moves over my body, i feel myself relaxing progressively. Then I connect with my breathing. I notice it and feel the air coming in through the nostrils cool, and breathing out with the breath warm. Perhaps I like to feel the breath in my body, so I may place my hands on my tummy to feel the breath expanding my tummy with an inbreath and contracting with an outbreath. I then fix my attention and focus on the breathing following the breath with my mind. If a thought pops up, i simply let the thought do so, but then drift off and refocus on the breathing. The aim is to do 10 cycles of inhale and exhale. Then I simply relax further and note how my energy is. Do i still feel lethargic or do i feel a bit more energised? If your judgement is for more energy then try the following:
Wim Hof Breathing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tybOi4hjZFQ&t=37s
Seated Forward Bend –
Half forward bend – https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/head-to-knee-forward-bend/
Both legs outstretched forward bend: https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/master-paschimottanasana-in-6-steps/
From standing in Tadasana -https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/mountain-pose/
Breath in and raise the arms above the head, breath out, lower the arms and repeat 3, or 5 times
Then breath in, raise the arms above the head, breath out, and do the forward bend breathing out.
Roll up, slide the hands up the leg slowly breathing in and stay in tadasana and then repeat this cycle 3, or 5 times
Now try this movement:
Horse stance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRcQAP8Jl1Q
Finish and lay down or sit down and observe your body, breath and mind to see how you are. Note how your energy levels feel.