It’s getting near holiday season and let’s face it – sometimes it’s hard to resist grandma’s apple pie or the black raspberry-brie hors d’oeuvres. For some of us, it’s comforting to know that you can boost your metabolism and burn fat with Kundalini Yoga and cultivating some yogic lifestyle choices.  Here are 7 ways to boost your metabolism with Kundalini Yoga.

1. Burn, baby, burn: Any fitness magazine will tell you that high intensity interval training increases metabolism and burns more calories.  Well technically, in many kriyas we are doing interval training. (i.e. 3 minutes of all-out effort, followed by rest)

Try: Har Aerobic Kriya in the I Am a Woman yoga manual.

2. Digestion is key: Many kriyas increase the fire energy at the Naval Point, which aids in digestion.  Yoga also increases the secretion of gastric juices and digestive enzymes and speeds up a sluggish metabolism.

Try: Exercise Set for the Liver, Colon and Stomach in Kundalini Yoga for Youth & Joy.

3. Get your ZZZ’s:  If you’re getting up early for sadhana be sure you are getting to bed early!  Getting enough sleep is crucial to a healthy metabolism. It’s best to keep a consistent bedtime and wake up close to the same time every morning.

4. Yogi Tea: “Yogi Tea” is a special spice tea that is a staple to the Kundalini Yoga diet. The tea is a blend of five traditional Ayurvedic spices: cardamom seed, cinnamon bark, clove bud, ginger root and black pepper.  Among the many health benefits of this brew, aiding digestion is one of the main perks.  Cardamom and ginger in particular are known to speed the body’s digestion process.

5. De-stress yourself: Stress raises the amount of cortisol in your body.  Higher and more prolonged levels of cortisol in the bloodstream (like those associated with chronic stress) have been shown to have negative effects, including slower metabolism and increased abdominal fat.  Kundalini Yoga balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, lowers stress levels and helps people relax.

Try: Basic Breath Series in Sadhana Guidelines

6. Eat your veggies: Upping your intake of high-fiber foods like vegetables is one of the best ways to increase your metabolism.  Fiber is a non-digestible carbohydrate, but the body tries hard to break it down anyway, using up energy — and boosting metabolism in the process.

Check out: Foods for Health and Healing by Yogi Bhajan

7. Ditch the drinks: Yogi Bhajan taught abstaining from alcohol as it has an effect on your nervous system and overall well being.  Research also shows that drinking alcohol can cause a significant dip in your metabolic rate.

Enjoy the holiday season! Sat Nam!

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