© 2012 Kebba Buckley Button, M.S., O.M. World Rights Reserved.
Hands up, anyone who feels tired right now! Oh yes. Hands up, anyone who is routinely more tired than they want to be! Oh yes. By the way, you look like you’re tired. Just kidding. Some of you are wearing makeup, and it keeps you from looking so tired.
Not having the energy you want is a pervasive condition many have been noticing in recent years. We have fatigue from sleep disorders including from breathing errors during sleep. We have fatigue from stress overload or from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, overlapping with fatigue due to bad dreams. We have fatigue from eating too much sugar, fatigue from eating foods containing microtoxins, fatigue from air pollution, and fatigue from drinking too little water. We have Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome (CFIDS). Substituting coffee for sleep can work for a while, then make us deeply fatigued. There are many more causes for being too tired.
Tired people may have trouble concentrating, may ache all over, and may be cranky. Their reflexes are impaired, slowing down their thinking and actions. They may make be unproductive and make mistakes that result in losses at work. They may cause accidents while driving and hurt relationships at home. They get sick more easily.
In contrast, we feel great when we have lots of energy. Vitality is a magic ingredient that can completely turn around attitudes, productivity, and relationships. There are many ways to trade in stress and fatigue for energized living. In the 2009 book, “Discover The Secret Energized You”, this writer provides hundreds of understandings, tips and tricks for literally trading in your stress for energy.
But what if you need some instant energy, you don’t have time to read, and you’ve had enough coffee for the day? Some basic yoga, that doesn’t even look like yoga, can help. This is called “invisible yoga”. Everyone has seen regular yoga: it looks like stretches and breath techniques. Here are 2 subtle-looking yet powerful techniques you can do in almost any situation, no one will notice, and you will increase your vitality within two minutes. Do either Instant Yoga Energizer for just one minute, if that’s all you have before your meeting starts.
Instant Yoga Energizer #1: Find a spot where you can see a clock or your smartphone’s clock. Notice the time. Now think of stretching as you roll your shoulders slowly, gently, “stretchingly” for 2 full minutes. Roll them in the same direction and then in opposite directions. Notice that your head seems to be down and forward compared to the refreshed shoulders. Gently bring your head up and back, until it is centered over your shoulders. Repeat. Now notice the energy has reached your toes and the balls of your feet. Notice the lightness in your head. That is the improved circulation of blood and oxygen in and to your brain. Enjoy!
Instant Yoga Energizer #2: Seated, become aware of your fatigue and how your body is positioned. Where is your fatigue? If your shoulders are, for example, off to the left of your body’s center, gently glide them back to center. If your head is down and forward, gently move it back to being upright and centered between your shoulders. Now become aware of your breath. How shallow or deep is it? Begin to exhale out to the end of your breath. Push the last bit of air out of your lungs and allow the reflexive inhale, or gasp. The inhale will automatically fill your lungs completely, replacing the urban pollutant-filled air you just pushed out. This is a complete breath, the exhale plus the inhale. Do this twice more. Notice the light sensation at the back of your head, plus the warming of your ankles and neck.
Congratulations! You have just had your first Invisible Yoga Class. Namaste! Use these techniques often, and enjoy the effects. After all, it’s your energy and your life. Why be tired?
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