Waking Up Your Mind and Body The Energy Workout

In This Chapter

^ Re-energizing your mind and body ^ Releasing tension in your body through breathing ^ Calming your mind and body to a baseline level a JÊJhen you start to feel listless in the afternoon or early evening, forgo the ▼ ▼ cup of coffee or the sugar-filled snack and do the body shaping, mentally awakening exercises in this chapter instead. Your body will respond in positive ways after you do this energy-boosting workout a few times. You'll feel fitter and more energized as the exercises recharge your spiritual batteries.

The yoga-with-weights exercises in this chapter really get your body moving. We designed these exercises to benefit your circulation and nervous system, allow you to let go of your anxieties, and help you de-stress. The deep breathing brings calm and quiet to help you deal with stress, which gives you more energy and sharpens your senses. You'll discover a keener awareness of the world around you. You'll feel refreshed and renewed.

It takes 20 to 30 minutes to do the Energy Workout. If you perform these exercises several times each week, you'll start to notice your overall energy level improving; your memory sharpening because you aren't tired or stressed out; and your sleep deepening so you feel more relaxed, sharp, and clear throughout the day. You'll create the mental alertness and energy necessary to complete the daily activities that you want to do, and you won't get frustrated or tired as often. These exercises can be a mini-break that makes a positive difference in how you feel — and they take only a few minutes of your day.

Practice the exercises in the Energy Workout with thoughtfulness and care. Don't push yourself too far; take the time to feel your muscles at work, and understand where your exercise limits are. Breathing is an essential element in all the workouts we provide, but especially in this one because of the demand you place on your body. In this workout, you use the Ocean Breath, which you can read about in Chapter 4. This kind of breathing maximizes the potential of your upper chest for breathing and exercising.

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