Why Yoga Is Good For The Brain

The ancient practice of yoga originated in India approximately 5,000 years ago and today it is one of the most popular ways to relax and exercise.

Yoga is for everyone, you don’t need to be super fit to start and you can increase the tempo as you become more adept at the poses and breathing exercises.

What you might not know is how good yoga can be for your brain.

Read on to discover five yoga poses that can boost your brain power.

Paschimottanasana

Also known as Seated Forward Bend – gently stretches out the spine.

This in turn can lead to a relief from stress by relaxing your mind, as the pose helps to remove damaging negative emotions like anger or irritability.

Halasana is the Plow Pose

This one isn’t for beginners but once you’ve mastered it, look forward to the benefits of improved blood flow to the brain.

This means it can help calm your nervous system and aid sleep.

The Plow will stretch both the back and the neck, reducing stress and tiredness.

Setu Bandhasana

Also stretches the neck and spine to relax those tight muscles and get your blood circulation pumping to your brain and keeping it healthy.

The Bridge pose is relatively easy to do, and with practise you’ll hold the pose for longer and reap the benefits of a calmer disposition which can help against illnesses like depression.

The Shoulder Stand

Sarvangasana is certainly one to master as you improve your yoga abilities.

This pose is said to regulate the function of both the thyroid and parathyroid glands leading to improved brain function.

Cognitive functions will also be improved along with the pineal and hypothalamus glands benefitting from the increased blood flow to your brain.

Bhramari Pranayama

This pose is more commonly known as Humming Bee Breathing.

This breathing technique has the ability to instantly calm and focus your brain.

By placing your fingers in your ears and taking deep breathes while making a buzzing sound you’ll free your mind of stress, agitation and even anger.

It is also claimed that the calming of your brain cells and nerves can help to alleviate common complaints like migraines or problems with blood pressure.

Another great advantage of this one is the improvement to concentration and memory.

With any form of exercise it’s always good to start simple and learn the ropes – a good yoga class will also be a great way to meet new people and work on your Chakra.

Stephen Coleclough

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