Fatigue

We all have experienced common bouts of fatigue as a normal response to over-exertion, emotional stress, boredom, or lack of sleep.This common experience of low energy and/or motivation can usually be alleviated through proper rest, exercise, stress reduction and nutrition. Yoga is an especially effective treatment for fatigue as it combines movement, rest and stress reduction with the cultivation of prana (life force energy) and the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and renew response).

Yoga Postures
Use our beginning energizing sequence as a general practice, and adding or emphasizing from our list of postures for Fatigue.

Pranayama
Pranayama is a very direct method to cultivate prana and energize the body. With a multitude of these techniques, there is a corresponding range of energetic effects for these practices: Dirga Pranayama is a very gentle, soothing and easy pranayama to learn and use, while Kapalabhati and Bastrika are much more powerful and intense.

Meditation
Meditation is an excellent therapy if stress is a contributing factor to fatigue. Use one of the following by itself and/or at the beginning and end of your yoga practice: Inner Peace Meditation, Yoga Meditation, Mantra Meditation.

Articles
Yoga for Fatigue
Yoga Reduces Fatigue In Multiple Sclerosis Patients
Yoga: Stretching Away Your Stress

Books and Videos
Yoga Therapy
Yoga: the Path to Holistic Health

Web Resources
Fatigue Healing Center
Causes of Fatigue

Yoga is not a substitute for conventional western medication; please consult your medical professional before starting a yoga practice.

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