5 Nootropics To Optimize Your Yoga Experience

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Author credit Jacob S

As a discipline, yoga can often pose many challenges, even for veterans. It requires a lot of practice, patience, focus, stamina, and flexibility. For those of you who are interested in getting the most out of their yoga practice, nootropics might be a potential tool in reaching that goal.
Nootropics are a class of drugs and supplements that improve brain health and cognition, and are characterized by a lack of serious side effects. Many nootropics also provide physical benefits to the body, and are therefore popular among weightlifters and scholars alike.
As many of you are doubtlessly aware, yoga is a discipline that requires the full attention of both your mind and body. With that in mind, nootropics start to seem like a great way to help you reach new heights and gain more out of each experience.
Below you will find a list of five nootropics that have the most potential to improve your experiences with yoga.


Theanine
theanine

Theanine is an amino acid found in green and black teas as well as other natural sources. It has the unique ability to both increase attention and promote relaxation without causing sedation. It’s been shown to be effective for reducing anxiety and stress as well.
Theanine is excellent for achieving flow states and zen-like meditative states, whether it’s through yoga, meditation, or regular daily activities. Theanine is typically used with caffeine since it can reduce the anxiety and help you focus your attention even further than either of them would on their own.

Aniracetam
Aniracetam is a nootropic drug that has some brain-boosting potential. Aniracetam appears to work by increasing activity in regions of the brain that are responsible for big-picture, abstract thought. Due to these properties, aniracetam is typically used to promote holistic and creative thinking.
Aniracetam also has been shown to reduces anxiety and depression, and is sometimes used for modestly improving mood. In the context of yoga, aniracetam can help you have a more spiritual and rich experience by allowing the left and right hemispheres of your brain to communicate with each other.

 Phenylpiracetam
Phenylpiracetam is a nootropic stimulant that is popular for its ability to raise energy levels, improve focus, and reduce anxiety. It is particularly effective at enhancing psychomotor activity, which includes things like dexterity, grace, and physical intentionality – all of which are key components of yoga.
Given these properties, phenylpiracetam can be a powerful tool for yoga, since it requires a lot of finesse and precision.  Pheynlpiracetam can also help you push through fatigue and mental blocks and provide you with enough energy to get the most out of your sessions.
Phenylpiracetam is non-addictive and the side effects are typically mild. It provides very clean energy and does not last long enough to cause sleep problems, unless taken at night.

Rhodiola Rosea
rosea

Rhodiola Rosea is an herbal adaptogen – a substance that promotes homeostasis, thus restoring the body to its optimal functioning. Rhodiola, like other adaptogens, has strong antioxidant effects, improves mood, and reduces stress and fatigue. It is considered to be among the best natural nootropics on the market today.
Rhodiola is most commonly used to reduce physical and mental fatigue, and it has the potential to improve any form of physical activity – including yoga. In additional, due to its mood-brightening qualities, rhodiola may leave you feeling even better at the end your yoga sessions.

Acetylcarnitine (ALCAR)
Acetylcarnitine, also called ALCAR, is a supplement used to raise energy levels and reduce fatigue. It’s been shown to enhance exercise performance and improve attention and memory.
ALCAR is commonly used by athletes and gym-goers for its ability to increase energy levels, which it accomplishes by reducing lactic acid buildup and improving muscle fuel metabolism. It may help you focus your attention and provide you with more energy, thus ensuring you get the most out of your yoga sessions.

Final Thoughts
I have using and researching nootropics and supplements for over five years now. I find them fascinating and I’ve been passionate about them every since first trying them. I think the key to using them is to be patient and figure out which ones work for you, as everyone responds to them differently.
Once you can determine your goals, it’s much easier to figure out which nootropics and supplements are right for you. I based this list off of my own experiments with combining yoga and nootropics over the years, and I think the nootropics mentioned in this article are a great starting place. If you’d like to learn more about nootropics, please check out my nootropics professor information site. Hope you found this post useful!

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