5 Yoga Poses To Improve Your Memory
3. Fish Pose
Benefits: Increases circulation to the thyroid, lungs, and heart. The muscles of the neck, upper back, and chest are stretched and increases flexibility. Helps the thyroid regulate itself so it does not become overactive or underactive, which stabilizes the metabolism. Strengthens a prolapsed uterus.
How-to: Lie flat on the floor and shift your body weight to your forearms and elbow. Inhale and arch your head back to the floor, exhale, and breathe. Your feet are straight on the floor, the crown of your head is lowered to the floor, and your arms are pressed into the floor, supporting your body weight distribution. Hold for up to a minute or less as you strengthen in this pose. Your body will naturally tell you when it’s time to release this pose. Come out of it gently and slowly by placing your body weight on your elbows again and then raising your head.
4. Yoga Nidra
Benefits: Helps restore the natural health of the body’s entire nervous system. When you’re lying in the face-up position, all the nerves and vertebrae that support the spine and nourish the brain gently release tension and completely relax, helping to promote spinal alignment and mental balance.
How-to: Achieve deep relaxation as your consciousness becomes inactive and by progressively releasing tension from each part of the body, while increasing circulation by contracting and releasing the muscles. Tense your left foot, and release, paying mindful attention to the muscles that create tension in the body. Repeat on the right foot, and work up the legs, isolating the right and then left, calves, thighs, buttocks, etc. In your mind’s eye, work up the body to relax completely, finishing with the jaw and eyes. Release tension on each breath and feel the warmth of relaxation in your body.
5. Skull Shining or Kapala Bhathi
Benefits: The entire nervous system is both revitalized and strengthened with the vigorous repetition of the breath. Brings heat to the body quickly when it’s cold. Improves digestion. Helps in the treatment of depression.
How-to: Exhale completely through the nose. Inhale and create a powerful contraction in the lower belly, which will push air out of the lungs. Your inhale is passive and is a response to the release of this contraction, which automatically draws air into the lungs—try to lengthen your inhale slightly longer than the exhale. Try 25-30 cycles and repeat two to three times as you begin this practice.
6. Pranayama or Alternate Nostril Breathing
Benefits: Helps prevent memory loss by strengthening the subtle nerve currents along the spine and the brain while restoring memory loss. If practiced for a few minutes daily, can help restore imbalances in the brain, calm your emotional state, improve sleep, calm your nervous system, and is like a reboot to the brain as your thinking will become clearer.
How-to: Here is a description of the first cycle; repeat cycle three times to begin. Sit in a comfortable, crossed-leg position, make a loose fist with your right hand, release your thumb and the ring finger and little finger. Relax your right arm against your chest. Close your right nostril with your right thumb, and slowly exhale as much as possible without strain to your left nostril. Then inhale through the left nostril, closing the right nostril with the thumb, to the count of four. Hold the breath, closing both nostrils, to the count of 16 (if you can). Exhale through the right nostril, closing the left with the ring and little fingers, to the count of eight. Exhale through the left nostril, keeping the right closed with the thumb, to the count of eight. Repeat.