How to Overcome Fatigue

by Norm on May 24, 2014

in Circulation, Diet, Eliminations, Exercise, Fatigue, Hatha Yoga, Health Q & A, Nutrition, Relaxation

Q. What can I do about fatigue? It seems that no matter how little I exert myself, nor how much more I rest, I still feel tired. My doctor says I have no medical problems.

It sounds like you might be going in the wrong direction: resting too much and exerting yourself too little.

One of the Biggest Causes of Fatigue Is Lack of Circulation Due to Too Little Activity.

I know that there is a very common tendency to try to rest more when you don’t feel like you have a lot of energy. But if your tiredness is due to poor circulation, you can actually make yourself feel more tired by resting. These conditions can be compounded in modern living where long sedentary periods seated before a TV or computer, or in an automobile during morning and afternoon work commutes, tend to inhibit the natural tendencies of regular physical activity.

Assuming that your doctor is right and that you have no medical problem that is causing your tiredness, consider these other possibilities.

How Overeating Saps Your Energy

Sometimes in an effort to get more energy from food, you may unwittingly develop the habit of overeating. Remember, even healthy food becomes a dross to the body when taken to excess. Overeating puts a tremendous load on the digestive system and causes an imbalance of energy since so much energy is diverted to the digestive organs. This can create such a drain on the other parts of the body that you can feel very tired as your body attempts to deal with the overload of food.

Notice how you feel groggy after a big meal?

Worse yet is the coronary attack that follows when the energy needed for the heart is pulled away to deal with a heavy, hard-to-digest meal.

Too Much Rest Will Slow You Down

Yoga Science teaches that too much sleep makes you lethargic. One reason for this is that lying motionless for a long time causes a decrease in the elimination of waste material due to lessened circulation. That is a reason why the longer you sleep, or lie around, the less flexible you are upon awakening.

Oxygen intake is cut down due to slow, shallow breathing.

Get Your Energy Flowing

To improve this situation, the first thing that most Yogis do in the morning, besides meditating, are techniques to get rid of waste material and to increase circulation, oxygen, and flexibility. In other words, they prepare their bodies to behave like open conduits for the free, unobstructed flow of energy.

Improve Your Flexibility

If you lack flexibility, it is difficult for energy to flow easily. Because stiffness limits the range of motion of your body, circulation decreases. which increases your stiffness, which further slows your circulation, and on and on in vicious downward cycle. As your circulation slows so does the ability of your body to eliminate toxins, which in turn slows the free flow of nutrients to the cells. When toxins are not completely eliminated, deposits form in your joints, organs, glands, and blood vessels, and your flexibility diminishes.

How Hatha Yoga Asanas Will Help You

To combat this problem the yogis discovered Hatha Yoga, a unique system of Asanas (Postures or Poses) designed to improve circulation, energy flow, flexibility, and eliminations.

What makes Hatha Yoga such an efficient system is that all these benefits come about without the production of a large amount of waste byproduct, as happens in most other forms of exercise. If this waste material is not eliminated, your muscles will feel sore later.

When you do exercises of such a nature or in such a way that your muscles ache the next day, you will find it difficult to improve flexibility. In fact, many runners find that the more they run, the stiffer they become.

On the other hand, when you practice Hatha Yoga correctly, you will find a steady improvement in flexibility, eliminations, circulation, energy, and strength, with a minimum amount of effort, regardless of your age or present condition.

Related Video:  Improve Your Circulation


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I very much would like to hear from those of you whose success with Yoga might inspire others.


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Rusi April 20, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Hi Norman:
I read Carol’s story and it is very inspiring. One of my friends Daisy in Hawaii sent me your web and email.
I am an SRF devotee since October 1996 and had a severe arthritis in 2001 called Polymyalgia (Stiffness of the neck) and to this day I have never been able to turn backespecially backing up my car so I have to see in the side mirrors when I back up from my garage. I have gone to traditional doctors who gave me Prednisone, gone to chiropractors, Accupuncture specialists but never got rid of the stiffness in my neck. About 5 years ago I stopped doing the SRF energization exercises thinking it may harm my neck more.
Parmahansa Yogananda’s energization exercises are almost the same as Hatha Yoga, right,?
Should I start doing Energization exercises again to improve my stiffness? Please advise

Norm April 20, 2010 at 11:07 pm

HI Rusi,

Nice to hear from you. First, let me answer your questions.

Paramahansa Yogananda’s Energization Exercises are not the same as Hatha Yoga.

The Energization Exercises are really a Pranayama (lifeforce control) technique which should eventually help you with Pratyahara (withdrawal of energy from the senses), which then moves you up the ladder of meditation.

One of the best things you can do when you have questions like these about Yogananda’s teachings is to write to the SRF Mother Center or ask an SRF Brother or Sister monastic what to do.

I don’t see any way that the Energization Exercises would make your neck worse as long as you did them correctly. In fact since they teach you how to manage Prana, which is healing energy, they should help to keep you healthy. One of the worst things you can do with the condition you have is to greatly reduce or slow down physical activity, which will lead to poor circulation and more stiffness.

If you are interested, I would be happy to give you some ideas on how to reduce pain and increase movement in your neck. It would help if you could let me know if you have arthritic pain or inflammation in other parts of your body.

In the past I have worked with two men, one 79 years old and the other 83, who, like you, had not been able to turn their necks enough to look to the rear when backing up the car. Both got complete movement back. Recently, a 78 year old lady with severe arthritis and pain has been able to move her head without neck pain for the first time in many years.

I have mentioned in another post that I had healed myself of neck injury with yoga.

My approach is to teach better relaxation, specific movements for the neck, and Hatha Yoga for the whole body. I will be more specific on how to improve neck movement and heal neck pain in an upcoming post.

Remember, whatever condition a person has, there is always room for improvement.

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