Long Life Movement

Increase Vitality Now

What is vitality? It’s a state of being strong and active. Who wants vitality? All of us!

You can tell when someone has “it.” As soon as she enters the room, you sense it. There’s a spring in her step – a liveliness and vibrancy that is felt.

This internal passion within us that is expressed outwardly is a quality that’s available to all of us. And, seriously, we don’t need caffeine to to bring out our life’s gusto.

How to increase vitality.

What we need is to make sure we are re-fueling ourselves. What does it mean to fill your cup up? Maybe it means

  • Take a mini-getaway. It could be as simple as going to a local park.
  • Enjoy great ideas presented by others by attending a lecture, concert, or watching a documentary.
  • Visit what you consider to be sacred or holy whether it is physical ground, a place, reading words, or sitting quietly.

What are ways we take time for ourselves where we are able to turn inward and restore?

  • Walk in nature
  • Listen to music
  • Soak in the ocean or a bath tub
  • Read meaningful books

These ideas are all restorations of your deeper self. And how you re-connect to you.

In my movement classes, both yoga and Pilates, this is the base of my teaching. Yes, I’d like you to achieve better balance, calibrate to and from your center, discover better posture and increase your flexibility. However, what I really want is for you to get to know you a whole lot better.

Vitality’s Source

I like to think of it as returning to Source. Return to the Divine element that created you. It’s from this Source that you sparkle in the world. And, over the years, I’ve realized that a person’s Source is highly personal. That’s a good thing. Connect to what you believe. This connection gives you the power of your life’s continuance.

Vitality is present in all living things. The recipe to increase vitality is simple. Identify your Source. Connect to your Source. Tap into your Source. Allow the effervescence to bubble up.

A Quick Practice to Increase Vitality

So, if you’re really interested in increasing your vitality, what could you do right now to connect you with your Source?

I have an easy one. Breathe. More importantly, become aware of your breath.

Time needed: 2 minutes

How to connect with your breath to increase vitality.

  1. Sit in a chair with your feet fully on the ground.

    Comfortably rest your hands in your lap. Allow your pelvis to be heavy on the chair. From the rooting of your sit bones, allow the top back of you head to lift up.

  2. Soften your gaze.

    Either keep your eyes open and use your peripheral vision or close your eyes. Allow the tension around your eyes, forehead, and jaw to soften.

  3. Notice your breath.

    First, just notice that you are breathing in and out. Stay with the awareness of your own breath flowing in and flowing out for 3 breath cycles. One breath cycle is an inhale and an exhale.

  4. Connect to your inhale.

    As you inhale, imagine that you are taking in the Source of your life that created you and sustains you. Willingly breathe in this Life and allow it to fill you completely.

    Savor your inhalation just like you would enjoy an amazing smell from your childhood, a delectable treat based on a family recipe, or a spectacular view of a sunrise or sunset.

    Let the inhalation enter, and feel it swirl within you. Allow your inhalation to be a connection to all that is good in your life and also all that is good in your heart.

  5. Connect to your exhale.

    As you exhale, imagine that you are returning all of your goodness and gifts back to your Sustainer of Life. With your exhale, offer what you have to give at the feet of who you serve.

    Allow your exhale to disperse and dissipate. Even when you feel you are done exhaling, blow a little bit more out and feel your connection to your center.

  6. Stay with your breath.

    Follow your inhale and exhale. Remain in the dance of being both the receiver and the giver as you breathe.

    Enjoy this place of refreshment as you restore vitality through an awareness of you breath.

    When the practice feels complete, feel free to move in any direction as you continue to stay with your breath.

Maintain your Zest

To maintain your vitality, it’s important to cultivate community. As well through community, we may learn more ways to reduce and eliminate what drains us of our vitality.

Furthermore, our community may help hold us accountable to keep our commitment to ourself. Friends and loved ones know that increasing vitality is important, they may provide the gentle nudge that we need to take time to reconnect.

And, most of all, to keep your zing, be sure to get adequate rest. A consistent sleep schedule will do wonders for helping you feel better.

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about the author

Lisa Long, M.A.

Lisa Long wants to live in a world where Love gives you a "permission slip" to drop the mask and be who you are. Known for her hearty and full-body laugh, Lisa meets people where they are in the present moment. She passionately believes in the healing potential of movement. As a teacher and producer/writer, her work has been featured on Good For You blog, CBS television station affiliates, and telelvision cable channel networks as well her print manual called "Home Practice: A Guide for Healing from Breast Cancer" was published by a 5 hospital health care network. When she's not helping others reach their fullest potential, you'll find Lisa hiking a trail to a waterfall or riding her bike at the beach. Her latest collaboration with an online classroom platform launched in 2020.

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