5 yoga poses that will boost your memory and concentration | Photo Credit: Thinkstock
New Delhi: The months of February and March are usually a stressful time for students, parents, and even the teachers. Long study hours, lack of sleep, anxiety before exams can take a toll on students’ health, both physically and mentally. A healthy lifestyle – such as eating a healthy diet, exercising or practicing meditation and yoga – can help improve or maintain health, reduce anxiety, and perform better. In view of the CBSE Class 10 and Class 12 Board Exams 2019, which had already started on February 15, here we have listed a few yoga asanas and poses that can help boost memory power and concentration.
Studies have shown that asana, pranayama, and meditation are all an effective tool to enhance your brain function. In fact, a 2013 study conducted by researchers at Wayne State University in Detroit, USA, found that a single, 20-minute session of Hatha yoga significantly improved participants’ speed and accuracy on tests of working memory and concentration. Read on to know more about the connection between yogaand your grey matter.
Yoga asanas for improved memory and concentration
Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend Yoga Pose)
This asana stretches the spine, calms the brain, and helps relieve stress and mild depression. Paschimottanasana reduces negative emotions like irritability and anger and energises your body. It is also a great yoga pose to massage and tone the abdominal and pelvic organs.
Bhramari Pranayama (Bee Breathing)
Bhramari Pranayama helps improve your memory and concentration. It also helps you get instant relief from anger, agitation, frustration, and anxiety. Bee breathing also helps you in building confidence and reducing blood pressure.
Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
Ustrasana activates your nervous system, improves digestion and respiration. It also improves your posture by strengthening and stretching your back and shoulders. This yoga pose stimulates the endocrine glands and reduces fat in the body.
Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)
The bridge pose can help calm the brain and the nervous system, thereby reducing the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. It improves blood circulation to the brain and helps in strengthening and stretching the neck and spine.
Savasana or Corpse Pose
One of the easiest yet most effective yoga poses to release stress, fatigue, depression, and tension. Savasana or the corpse pose improves concentration and sleep quality, calms the mind and promotes mental health. This pose is also beneficial for people suffering from neurological problems, diabetes, asthma, constipation, indigestion. Surprisingly, Savasana may also help you lose weight by relaxing your mind and body.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.