In Ayurveda, we consider that even the smallest changes or adjustments can have a big impact on our health. At first glance, the links between nutrition, meal schedules, time spent on the computer, digestion and the energy level can sometimes be difficult to understand. Yet all these parameters are connected.

Here I'll give you a partial list of what might help you regain your optimal energy level.

If you often:

• Feel tired during the day or when you wake up,
• Lack inspiration,
• Find it difficult to make decisions or implement your aspirations,
• Have thoughts that are more often negative than positive…

These are all signs that your vital energy (prana) is not flowing at its best physically and mentally.

If one of the items on this list speaks to you more than others, try to change it. If you're the type of person to dive 110% in your activities and tend to overdo it, do not change everything at the same time. It could have the opposite effect you desire and disperse your energy even further.

On the contrary, if you find it difficult to change, select only one and put it in place gradually, every second day for example. Long term, steady changes are better than extreme but temporary.

10 tips for finding an optimal level of energy

1. Try to get to bed and wake-up early (ideally before 10pm and 7am in the morning).

2. Eat your biggest meal of the day at lunch, and try not to eat your last meal after 7:30 pm.

3. Limit the time spent on screen, especially first thing in the morning and late at night (they are the first and last impressions of your day and will stick in your mind).

4. Find a way to do some exercise in the morning (stretching, walking) even if it is just 5 minutes, it will make a big difference in your day.

5. Make sure that your activities and the people around you are inspiring and help you be a better, more positive person.

If you have never done it before, make a list of all the people that are part of your life and of all the activities you do in a week. Are they all necessary? Do they take more energy than they give you?

Free some time in your schedule to do nothing. Breathe, take an inspiring walk or do what you always put aside (a creative activity, a class, etc.)

6. Limit your sensory stimulation. In today's world, we greatly underestimate the contribution of stimuli in our everyday life. Our five senses are rarely at rest and it affects the nervous system a lot because it is always on guard and can never truly relax.

Intense sports or activities, heavy music and violent movies are commonplace. If you feel overly sensitive, tired, depressed, avoid those activities. Too often in moments when we feel down, we tend to keep busy and disperse our energy (this seems like a good solution in the short term, but it is not in the long-term).

The lyrics of the music you listen to should be nourishing and positive (Have you ever really listened to them? They adhere to your mind and influence you!)

7. Make sure to sip warm (or room temperature) water throughout the day (1.5 to 2 liters per day). Cold and carbonated drinks require more energy to digest than they provide.

8. Avoid long (more than 20 minutes) naps during the day because those create more lethargy.

9. Start a gratitude journal. List everything that makes you feel good, all the good things in your life and the things that make you realize how lucky you are (we are all in one way or an other)... It could be as simple as having a roof over your head, interesting work your are doing, your wonderful friends and having delicious vegetables for every meal! You will slowly retrain your brain to see the positive around you.

10. Take time to prepare your food. Awaken your senses by having some color in your meals. Try to have at least 3 different tastes over the 6 in every meal and learn to recognize them (salty, sweet, bitter, astringent, pungent and acid). Put an intention, a positive emotion when cooking (or sing a mantra) and take time to taste everything and eat quietly.



Eléonore, trained in the Iyengar yoga tradition, has been teaching yoga since 2008. Later, she completed an advanced 500h training in Kripalu yoga, in the United States. She has been practicing Thai Yoga Massage since 2009 in Montreal and is a teacher at Lotus Palm. Her passion for knowledge of the human body and a better art of living brought her to anchor her education in Ayurveda. She completed her 250h training at the Kripalu Institute and continues her education regularly. She currently teaches workshops to adapt your yoga practice according to Ayurveda.

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