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Blast The Brain Fog! Your Guide To Super Brain Yoga
Studies suggest that super brain yoga can lower stress levels, increase concentration, improve your sex drive, enhance focus and creativity as well as generally improving overall health. With so many benefits, super brain yoga can help almost anyone. So, what exactly is super brain yoga and how do you do it?
Why We Need Super Brain Yoga In Our Lives
One of the most common things I get asked about from clients and the media is how to improve concentration and reduce procrastination. In a recent Get The Gloss article, I discuss how many of us are becoming ‘brain lazy’. I define brain laziness as; “The lack of motivation, awareness and/or ability to focus the mind, the absence of which leads to a conveyor belt style of thoughts, which in turn dictates mood, attitude and beliefs over time.”
This brain laziness often comes from an increasing reliance and dependence on technology. Instead of focusing on one thought, we multi-task. Instead of using our memories to remember a key event, we make our phones do the hard work. This non-stop approach means that our brains don’t get a chance to switch off, but they also don’t enjoy any mental stimulation, clarity or focus.
If you want to lift the brain fog and find your mental clarity, then super brain yoga can help. Not only can it help with providing you with instant energy and alertness, but, with regular practice, it can change the architecture of the brain. Over time, brain yoga will strengthen new neural pathways that can benefit your wellbeing.
What Is Super Brain Yoga?
Brain yoga is thought to come from Ayurveda medicine and works by stimulating pressure (acupuncture) points of the brain. By using pressure from the fingers on the earlobes, it engages the neural pathways in the brain. Research from the University of California found that encouraging these points in super brain yoga exercises helps to absorb and distribute energy to different parts of the body.
In a scientific study using brain scans, participants completing the brain yoga manage to synchronise the right and left hemispheres of the brain. This synchronisation helps to restore calm by distributing energy throughout the body more evenly. The study found that the participants felt inner peace, calm and clarity after practice, they also report a regulation in sex drive as well increased creativity and intelligence.
Furthermore, research also suggests brain yoga can help to ensure the mind and body work harmoniously, which can alleviate negative thoughts which can prove helpful for those suffering from depression symptoms or Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is common at this time of year.
How To Do Super Brain Yoga
There are lots of short and easy practices for super brain yoga; the following technique is a great place to start;
- Place your left thumb on the top of the right earlobe, placing the left hand around the back of the ear.
- Place your right thumb on top of the left earlobe, with the rest of the hand behind the ear.
- Position your feet hip-width apart in a stable stance.
- Press your tongue against the roof of your mouth.
- Take a deep breath in and slowly squat down, making sure your knees do not bend over your toes. Keep your chest open and do not fold the body forward in the squat.
- Exhale while you stand upright. Keep your thumbs pressed on your earlobes for balance.
- Repeat the exercise for two minutes, every day.
You can find other super brain workouts here.
Alongside regular meditation, I find that practising super brain yoga for just a couple of minutes during the day can really help when suffering from a mental block or perhaps when you are flagging during a long day and need a boost of energy. I find that a few breathing exercises alongside super brain yoga are much more effective for increasing my energy levels than the mid-afternoon coffee!
Find Your Calm
In the stressful run-up to the end of the year, it can be hard to find the energy and clarity that you need. If you are struggling with stress and anxiety, or have further questions about brain yoga and how it can help, get in touch by calling 0207 971 7677. We can arrange your free 15-minute consultation and help you restore your inner calm.
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Rajesh, S., Srinivasan, T. and Chandrasekeran, A. (2014). Effect of repetitive yogic squats with specific hand position (Thoppukaranam) on selective attention and psychological states. International Journal of Yoga, 7(1), p.76.
YouTube. (2018). 5-minute daily routine: Super Brain Yoga + a Donna Eden short version. [online] Available at: https://youtu.be/d8uDl0_T5QI [Accessed 12 Nov. 2018].