Article by Paul H Bunting
Simple techniques found in yoga can help to ease fatigue — as a practitioner of Yoga, I’m often ask questions that pertain to Yoga. I feel most of the questions could be effectively clarified through meditation rather than from another person, but there are a few areas not often addressed with mainstream yoga techniques that I am pleased to share my thoughts and ideas about. Yoga techniques that helps to alleviate fatigue is one of them.
However, before I go into the actual yoga techniques, let me ask you a question: What is Yoga? Without over analyzing it, where’s the first place your mind went? Although I personally don’t associate yoga with an institutionally organized form of spirituality, I do honor the Sanskrit meaning of the word yoga, which translates into “yoke” commonly believed to refer to “Union.” To me, union can have many meanings – more than the physical fitness aspect commonly associated with the word yoga.
That in mind…here are Three Yoga Techniques to ease Fatigue: The yoga techniques I’m sharing here are for everyone, even those of you who’ve never practiced Yoga. My reason for sharing yoga techniques that alleviate fatigue is simple, it wasn’t until this year, 2011 that I gained an entirely new appreciation for the concept of fatigue. At the start of the year, I had the feeling that I was in the best shape of my life. Working out 5-6 days per week for 90 minutes at a time, and going on walks that lasted 2-4 hours on just about a nightly basis helped me think so. I had never been feeling better until I decided to clean up some of the more destructive habits, which I will not elaborate on now, from my life.
That’s when disaster hit. In a matter of two weeks I was practically unable to practice any yoga techniques of any kind for even 20 minutes without tired to the core style agony – and even a simple short walk around the block was completely draining. With such a drastic drop in activity, I started gaining weight and feeling even worse about the situati on.
< p> Fast forward to now…my, things have transformed — quite radicallyI’m able to practice the yoga techniques I loved close to the level I was before a personal energy crisis hit. Additionally, going on walks is something that lifts me up energetically – and I feel divinely human throughout the day. What I’m about to share are the three unconventional yoga techniques that have helped me the most — going from bunk and bashful to awesome:
Keep in mind, Yoga = Union – and union can mean much more…Here’s the Yoga Techniques: #1) Eat Real Foods:
Just about all of us, if we have even a small bit of common sense, would agree that infecting (the DNA of) our foods with unpredictable viruses isn’t good for us. That is part of the process of genetic modification of foods. Currently, Corn, Soy and Wheat are the most commonly genetically modified foods “on the market.” If you read the ingredients on just about any the packaged foods you could buy, chances are, you’ll find at least one of the ingredients listed. Also, when we consume fish, poultry, and meat, rarely do we wonder just what those animals have been fed.
That being said, I decided to do something many of us would consider a tad radical – even unrealistic. I pretty much eliminated fish, poultry, meat, corn, soy and wheat from my diet. Some would think of this as vegan, but I just think of it as a way of eating that carries with it a lot of freedom. As soon as I start name calling and labeling, I’m “locked in” and that becomes part of my identity. Even thought that last bit may be besides the point, so far, I’ve had great results. After the second week my energy more than doubled and weight that I had gained is quickly disappearing. The e-book I wrote about eating gives an easy to follow explanation, but the important thing, in my case, is that I feel better
#2) Just Breath:
It’s not like we’re never heard this before — and I know — the statement can seem cliche. But think about stress for a moment… As kids, growing up in the states, most of us had times of feeling carefree. As we grew physically and age-wise, into adults, much of that freedom was replaced with responsibility – even the underlying expectation that we all have to live up to a set of standards that create the need to sacrifice our freedom. While the last pat of that statement may have been vague and done with the intention to cause you to think, that doesn’t change the fact that many of us are stress cases to the extent of feeling worn out.
Another way I have though of stress is as constriction, or Subtle Tightness in or around the space our body occupies. If we are always walking around with tension, it’s only a matter of time before something gives. Unfortunately for many of us, as I discovered, it’s often our vital energy level. There are many reasons we become stressed or tight, and what I think of as “Intentional Breathing” provides an opportunity to simply focus on breath, going in and out of the body, as well as the sensations within.
It’s simple yoga technique to practice. I suggest laying flat on your back, placing the tip of your tongue gently on the roof of your mouth and breathing first into your belly, then as that fills allowing the breath to expand the ribcage. When full, simply exhale through your nose and repeat. After a (very) short time, its common to feel a greater sense of ease, less stress and greater relaxation. It’s simple.
#3) Sit in a way that aligns your spine:
Of all the simple yoga techniques you would do, a reduction in internal pressure could be one of the best and most effective ways to boost your energy levels quickly. The way you posture your body has a lot to do with the way you feel as well as the way your internal organs function. Unfortunately for most of us, our posture often constricts and reduces the space our internal organs have, in turn causing discomfort, stress, constriction – even pain. Alignment is simple practice that I learned from the American Yoga Foundation. In fact, it can go h and in hand with “Intentional Breathing” if you would like it to. Since learning Alignment in 2003, I have made may adjustments to my posturing and felt a lot better as a result. Since a recent bout with fatigue, this yoga technique, being aware of my sitting posture and applying Intentional Breathing to my sitting posture has made all the difference in the world when I am sitting for an extended time.
Practicing is simple — while you are sitting, elongate the back of your neck, dropping your chin towards your collarbone, allow the ribcage to “lift” so that you can comfortably breath, by default, into your lower stomach and do the best you can to identify, with your mind — areas in your body where you feel tense. As you feel these areas, simply focus on your breath and do what you can to find a greater sense of comfort. You may find that with every exhale you can become more comfortable. I’m not certain exactly how you’ll choose to go about practicing, but whichever you choose, I wish great results to you.
About the Author
Paul Bunting enjoys writing about Yoga, Natural Foods and Sharing. To read more, just visit www.PaulBunting.net — Free Recipees Included