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Medication Meditation Part 3: Energizing for Lethargy, Sluggishness, or Emotional Blockage

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Get a boost of energy with this Ayurveda inspired audio meditation.

According to the ancient medical sister science to yoga called Ayurveda, all foods, people, environments, and practices are related to the elements of air (vata), fire (pitta), earth (kapha), or some combination thereof. Our illnesses, aches, pains, and bad moods can be related to an imbalance of one or more of these elements, and we can bring ourselves back to balance by using an opposing element. When we have too much earth (kapha) bringing us out of balance, we can feel sluggish, tired, depressed, foggy, and lethargic—like mud on a rainy day. We can use the element of fire to warm up our circulation, energize us, lighten our moods, let go of emotional stuck-ness, and clarify our foggy minds. This meditation is best done first thing in the morning or anytime you need a boost—not right before you’re about to go to sleep at night! 

Julie Peters

Julie Peters is a staff writer for Spirituality & Health. She is also a yoga teacher (E-RYT 500, YACEP) and co-owner of Ocean and Crow Yoga studio in Vancouver, BC, with her mom, Jane. She is the author of Secrets of the Eternal Moon Phase Goddesses: Meditations on Desire, Relationships, and the Art of Being Broken (SkyLight Paths 2016) and WANT: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault (Mango Media 2019). Learn more at Follow her at @juliejcp.

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