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Better Than Caffeine?

The other day, I hit one of those late afternoon slumps. We’ve all experienced them. Running out of energy way before running out of To Do’s. A cup of coffee would have been great but it was getting too late in the day for that. So, I decided to try a yoga breathing technique that is very energizing yet calming and focusing. No caffeine jitters. IMBRFS-00073263-001

And, it worked! The brain fog lifted and I felt steady and ready to get through that To Do list. I know these techniques work but it’s always fun to re-prove it to myself. I still love my cup of coffee but in the morning when the day is young.

Energize Without Caffeine

This technique is called Viloma Ujjayi. It’s the opposite of the sleep inducing technique we discussed a couple of weeks ago. This time we use the Ujjayi breath for exhalation and alternate nostrils for inhalation. Only use the Ujjayi breath on exhale – not inhale.

  • Take several easy breaths through your nose to begin relaxing and bring your focus to your breath
  • Eyes are closed or softly focused
  • Raise your right hand to your nose
  • Fully seal the right nostril with your thumb, partially seal the left nostril with your ring finger, inhale through your left nostril
  • Lower your hand to your lap
  • Exhale through both nostrils using Ujjayi
  • Raise your right hand to your nose
  • Fully seal the left nostril with your ring finger, partially seal the right nostril with your thumb, inhale through your right nostril
  • Lower your hand to your lap
  • Exhale through both nostrils using Ujjayi

This completes one round. Complete several rounds. You’ll go back to your day with renewed energy and a clear mind.

Enjoy and Breathe Easy

Joanne Thompson

Joanne Thompson

Founder/Owner at Yoga for Self

Health is a precious gift and my goal is to help you live a healthier, happier life through yoga. Every private session is uniquely designed just for you. For a free telephone consultation call me at 303.818.4181. Discover whether personalized, private yoga instruction is right for you.
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