According to the ancient health wisdom of Ayurveda, low energy is caused by taking in or abiding in elements that are heavy, lack movement and creativity, or cause you to feel stuck. For people struggling with low energy and fatigue, the qualities of air, movement, and creativity – the opposites of stagnancy and sloth – are precisely what’s needed to create more mental and physical energy!
Breath of Fire
This active breathing technique comes from a forced exhalation followed by a slower passive inhalation. Begin with a sigh and clear the nasal passages if necessary, then exhale through the nose with a short puff just forcefully enough to make your belly draw in a little. If you’re practicing for the first time, go slow and place a hand on your belly. Between short-puff exhales, wait for an inhale to take place naturally. Good results can be felt in 5-10 puffs, although up to a minute is fine for most healthy individuals. Breath of Fire is not recommended for people who experience migraines or high blood pressure. For personal guidance in breathing, contact your local yoga therapist or Ayurveda practitioner.
Energizing Tea with Ginseng
If you find yourself reaching for caffeinated beverages more than once a day, consider filling in those sluggish gaps with an energizing herbal tea blend to nourish your high-energy ambitions. For the perfect blend, look for a tea containing Korean ginseng, a super-supplement that improves mood, brain function, and lung function, and also assists with weight loss.
Vitamins B12, D, and Magnesium
Low energy is the number one symptom of reversible and manageable conditions. Avoiding more serious conditions later on can be an excellent motivator to ramp up vital energy with a few improvements to your diet and lifestyle. A study at the Mayo Clinic revealed that 95 percent of fibromyalgia patients were vitamin D deficient. Magnesium and B12 deficiencies were also significant and correlated to nearly all chronic fatigue conditions. However, vitamin supplements are not the only answer. A healthy, varied diet abundant in plant-based food provides nearly all vitamins and minerals necessary for most individuals to heal and thrive with energy.
Energywork is the movement of healing energy passing from a practitioner to a recipient laying down fully clothed, and Reiki (ray-kee) is just one of several healing energy modalities that can boost energy naturally. Receiving energywork is effortless and the effects can last for several days to several weeks. For those times when you just want to put yourself in the hands of a caring professional, call on your local Reiki master or holistic health practitioner.
Kristen Lee Fewel is an author, freelance writer, and holistic health expert