5 Yoga Poses To Improve Your Memory
Memory loss can be daunting. To live with it everyday can stoop your confidence levels. The embarassment of forgetting important dates, weak recollection of memorable events and everyday misplacing of things can get depressing. In such situations, you wish for super powers to help you overcome it and here are 10 yoga poses which are just that.
Memory Improving Yoga Poses
- Knee to Head Pose
- Shoulder Stand
- Fish Pose
- Yoga Nidra
- Skull Shining or Kapala Bhathi
- Pranayama or Alternate Nostril Breathing
1. Knee to Head Pose
Benefits: Sharpens the memory and calms the brain and the sympathetic nervous system, which helps the mind detach from the senses and banishes feelings of restlessness or irritability. Relaxes the thyroid gland and vitalizes the adrenal glands while relieving eye strain or headaches.
How-to: Sitting up straight, bend your right leg, bringing your right heel under your groin and your knee out about 85 degrees. Keep the left leg straight, lock your thumbs, and stretch the arms overhead and then stretch the spine. Bring the right hip slightly forward and turn the pubis, lower abdomen, and chest to the left so that the sternum faces the center of the left leg. Tuck the bottom of the left hip slightly back. Inhale, fold forward at the hips over your left leg with arms extending over the left leg or foot, and hold for five breaths. To modify, you can use a belt to catch the foot and get a great stretch. Relax in the pose and be mindful of the breath. Repeat other side.
2. Shoulder Stand
Benefits: Relieves stress and nervous disorders. Aids in sleep and hypertension. Improves the function of the pineal, pituitary, thyroid, and parathyroid glands, which regulates our endocrine system, allowing for hormonal balance. Shoulder-stand works on the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, and creates health in the brain and spine by increasing blood flow to the scalp and brain. This pose has been clinically observed to promote vitality and increase memory and IQ.
How-to: This is said to be one of the most beneficial poses of yoga. Begin by holding this pose for just one to three minutes. Lying flat on the floor, relax your whole body and keep your shoulders away from your head, draw shoulder blades down the back, contract the abdominals, and bend your knees. Inhale and lift your legs straight over your head in a horizontal position and then straighten to a vertical position. Begin your adjustments by stretching the soles of the feet to the sky, bringing your chest to your chin, pushing hips into your body, tucking in your tailbone and tightening the buttocks. You can modify this pose by keeping knees bent, or by leaning feet against a wall or a chair. Go in and out of this pose gently and relax on the floor after coming out of it.