How do you stay alert when that after-lunch dip hits or when you hit the after midnight lull that so many of us have the pleasure of experiencing on a regular basis? Coffee? Energy drinks? Energy shots? Cigarettes? Walks around the office or the block? Chat breaks? Gossip breaks? Complain breaks? Facebook? Shopping? Naps (impromptu and otherwise)?
Wow, those just flowed right out of me. At a certain point in my career, my answer would have easily been: (z) all of the above. After leaving my career as a corporate lawyer with my fantastic mission of spreading mental peace, who should the universe send me as yoga students and coaching clients but busy professionals experiencing many of the problems I did during my legal career.
In the past few years I've put together a list of fun little tips that help those of us who need to create time and energy out of thin air. Here's my handy little trick for energizing the mind to get mental work done when all you really want is a vacation ... I mean, a nap. It's a yogic breathing technique called kapalabhati (Sanskrit for "shining skull").
This wonderful technique is not be to taken lightly, so I have broken down the directions into two categories: beginner and advanced.