Are you ready to INCREASE your ENERGY in just 5 minutes!
- Can’t get moving in the morning?
- Hit your 3pm slump?
- Are you going to BITE the head off the next person who bumps into your grocery cart?
- Feeling frenzied…frantic, wondering how you’re going to get it all done?
- Carrying an emotional potato sack on your back?
Looking for an energy BOOST? Try this 5-minute energy MAKE-OVER!
In this non-stop busy world, how can you overcome the everyday strain that zaps your energy, keeps you running around and high-jacks your emotional resilience? And the last thing you need is another thing to add to your to-do list, right?
We can’t fix the world, but what if there was a simple and effective way to optimize your energy – and feel revitalized, no matter what’s happening around you?
Shaking is your 5-minute energy HACK!
Have you ever noticed that a dog shakes his fur when he’s waking-up, excited, over-stimulated (and sometimes just because he’s wet)? Dog’s shake their fur and bodies as a way of resetting their physical and mental state – it’s a natural and instinctive response for them.
Shaking can work for you too!
Shaking is an easy and effective way to wake up your body and to check in with how your energy is moving. A way to shift what needs to be shifted, to move what’s stuck AND supports good circulation. Shaking rebuilds the connection with your mind, emotions and your physical body and almost instantly you’re more centred, calmer!
Let me tell you how it works.
Ever had your leg or your arm fall asleep? When you first shift it, try to “wake” if back up, what do you do? You shake it. You get it moving again. Next comes the pins and needles sensation, the feeling of the energy and blood beginning to move again. You know that feeling, right? And you also know that when that pins and needles feeling comes to an end, you know it’s because the blood and energy are flowing properly again.
So, you already know that our energy flow through our bodies. You’ve experienced it. In Yoga, this energy is referred to as Prana. In our physical bodies, Prana flows through the subtle channels known as Nadis. In simple terms, these are the pathways that carry energy.
Can you picture this? Our body is a series of channels carrying the vitality we use to power our lives. Close your eyes for a minute (I’ll wait here for you…). Just take a minute and think about your energy. Where does it live in your body? Can you feel it? As you read this, maybe your energy is concentrated in your head, your eyes. As we go about our day, our energy is utilized or consumed in many ways. Sometimes optimally and other times in ways that may create points of stickiness or fatigue in these subtle channels. We experience this as we feel tired, worn out, over or under stimulated etc… Just like when your leg falls asleep when you’ve sat cross-legged for too long, energy stops flowing. Unlike the very clear sensation of your leg falling asleep however, signs of energy or channel blockage can be more subtle. It might even be that you’re so used to the feeling that you no longer recognize it as a problem. In fact, chances are most of the time, for most of the day, you are not aware of how the energy is flowing through your body. And, if you’re not aware of how the energy is flowing through your body, HOW do you know whether it’s blocked or stuck or whether its flowing optimally?
WHY does this matter?
Think back to our example of your arm or leg falling asleep. Did you lose some feeling or sensation in that limb? Ever tried to walk on a leg that’s fallen asleep? You can’t, right? When our channels are blocked our energy is not flowing properly. Sensation, function, liveliness is lost. Energy is stuck and the place where it’s blocked is prone to damage or disease. This is WHY it matters.
Still with me?
Ok, give this a try. Hold your left arm out to your side and give it a shake. Mindfully but thoroughly shake your arm from the tips of your fingers, up through your wrist, into your elbow and all the way up to your shoulder and shoulder blade. Do this for 5 long and full breaths.
Close your eyes. And with a few more long and full breaths, see what you now notice about your arm. Maybe it feels lighter? Maybe you’ve noticed a crick in your wrist or shoulder that you hadn’t noticed before? Maybe it feels like it’s floating? Does it feel different from your right arm? What you’re feeling is the Prana, the energy. And what you’re noticing is how it’s flowing through your arm or maybe you’re noticing the places where it’s stuck or blocked. In this shaking practice, you’ll shake each limb and then shake your entire body. Long, full breaths as you shake can calm and cool your energy or heated emotions. Full, fast or more breaths as you shake can wake you up and warm you up.
You can make it whatever and wherever you need.
I love to have a gentle shake upon waking to help break up the stagnation from sleep and a before bed shake calms me in preparation for sleep. I’ve shaken in an elevator, on an airplane, in the washroom on a break between meetings…. Shaking is your 5 minute ENERGY HACK!
And we’d love to hear WHERE and WHEN you think SHAKING could benefit you!
Check out this video to see me demonstrate how to SHAKE!
About Kim Fulton (Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Consultant, AT THE CORE Contributing Author) As a student of Yoga and Ayurveda, Kim’s ongoing endeavour is to make these teachings practical and a true living experience. She continues to delight in how simple things, done daily, make the most profound impact and are truly life-changing!
Medical Disclaimer: This information is for educational and information purposes only. Please consult your doctor before engaging in physical activity or program.
A decade ago, Kim began her journey of Yoga. What began as introducing movement, peace and calm in her busy life started the process of seeking a way to live with greater integrity and harmony. It is said that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. This was certainly the case for Kim as, five years ago, she discovered AT THE CORE and The American Institute of Vedic Studies. With the blessing, guidance and support of her new teachers, Kim began her in- depth study of Yoga and Ayurveda.
Kim is a certified Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Consultant, Ayurvedic Life-Style Consultant and Ayurvedic Yoga Educator. She is based in London, Ontario.