Ditch the caffeine and try one of these tips
If you feel like you are drinking too much coffee or other caffeinated beverages to get an energy boost, you might want to consider alternatives for when you hit that mid-afternoon slump. Read on for tips from yoga instructors for how to boost your energy without using any products, foods, or drinks.
Try “Yogic coffee”
Instead of a cup of java, try this breathing technique that’s so energizing it earned the nickname “yogic coffee.” A study in the International Journal of Yoga found that this particular breathing technique, also called Bhastrika or “bellow’s breath” perks up your central nervous system, waking you up and simultaneously calming you. Ready to try it yourself? Jessica Matthews, MS, professor of yoga studies at MiraCosta College in San Diego, California, recommends that you start from a comfortable seated position, bend your elbows to 90 degrees, raise your arms to shoulder height, and create loose fists with your hands. Take two to three deep diaphragmatic breaths in and out through your nose, maintaining good posture. On the next inhalation, forcefully inhale through the nose while extending arms overhead, outstretching fingers. On the exhalation, forcefully breathe out through the nose while lowering arms back to starting position, once again creating loose fists. Complete a total of 10 even cycles of breaths, then rest, placing hands on thighs with palms facing up as you breathe comfortably in and out through your nose. If time permits, repeat for a total of two to three rounds. (Have 10 minutes? Try this quick yoga workout.)