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7 yogic techniques to exercise your brain for a stronger mind

It's well known that yoga benefits both mind and body. While some poses can boost your physical health, try these yogic techniques for a stronger mind and exercise your brain as well.
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Himalayan Siddhaa Akshar Published: 17 Feb 2023, 03:45 pm IST
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Yoga helps a person’s brain develop, maintains mental health and delays the onset of issues such as Alzheimer’s, depression, and concentration problems. The yogic concept of mind combines all the conscious and unconscious activities of a person. It consists of our thoughts, emotions, memories, beliefs and even the ego, which causes us to become aware of our existence through diverse disciplines like meditation and spirituality. So, here are a few yogic techniques for a stronger mind and a healthy brain.

Here are 7 yoga techniques for a stronger mind

1. Meditation

A very effective method to increase clarity and focus, is through the use of tools like meditation. Meditation helps to slow down and clear your mind. With regular practice, you can develop more awareness and, as a result, a calmer interior state. Your focus will be sharper when your mind is relaxed. Yoga enhances your overall productivity, which raises your happiness and brings out the best in you. So, give a try to mindful practices and meditation for a stronger mind.

Meditating in the morning can have a positive impact on the mind. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Practice pranayama

Use yogic practices like Pranayama. This will help you be able to overcome your current mental condition with regular practice. Through yoga, you grow a strong drive to advance and succeed in life. Pranayama exercises such as Brahmari Pranayama, Bhastrika, and Anulom Vilom relieve negative energy and emotions such as anger, frustration, and anxiety from your body and mind. The buzzing sound helps to calm and relax your mind!

3. The Siddha walk method

The Siddha walk is performed by moving from south to north while tracing figure eight. Walking in the shape of an 8 along this path from south to north will take 21 minutes. Once you have completed the required number of laps, you must turn around and walk for an additional 21 minutes from north to south. While walking benefits your body in several ways, this walking method provides practitioners with a sense of direction and elevates your mental and spiritual well-being.

4. Shirodhara

Shirodhara is derived from the Sanskrit words “Shiro” (head) and “Dhara” (flow). An individual will often pour water, milk, buttermilk, oil or another liquid across her forehead as part of this Ayurvedic medicinal technique. It frequently goes with a massage of the body, head or scalp. This practice is said to have a relaxing, calming, and soothing effect on your mind and body. It focuses on re-balancing your body’s doshas, or life energies. In fact, it is well recognised that using this strategy can help with problems like anxiety, depression, and other mental health difficulties.

This practice has a plethora of benefits. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. Positive thinking

We can change our lives if we believe in positive affirmations and carry out the resolutions we make. Any shift requires you to act in a different way. But sometimes all it takes to start going is a little prod in the right direction. Making wise choices, keeping an optimistic outlook and taking courageous action can significantly impact how you feel and act, as well as perceive the world.

6. Cultivate gratitude

Being able to express gratitude is seen to benefit both mind and body. When we display a positive characteristic or feeling, such as gratitude, optimism is in the air. Positive thinking causes us to start drawing in more positivity.

7. Exercise your body

Here is a few yoga poses that you can practice for a healthy mind:

1. Halasana

  • Lie on your back
  • Place your palms on the floor beside your body
  • Lift your legs up and support your lower back to drop your toes behind you
  • Hold the asana for a while
Try this pose and relax your mind. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Chakrasana (Wheel Pose)

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  • Lie down on your back
  • Fold your legs and reverse your palms placing them under your ears
  • Inhale, and lift your entire body up to form an arch
  • Try to straighten your arms
  • Relax your neck and let your head gently fall back

3. Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

  • Begin by lying on your stomach
  • Bend your knees and hold your ankles
  • Lift your legs and arms as high as you can
  • Look up and hold the posture
Bow pose can be a great stretch! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Padahasthasana

  • Begin in Samasthithi
  • Exhale and bend your upper body down
  • Stretch from the hips and bring your nose close to your knees
  • See if you can place palms on either side of the feet

Himalayan Siddhaa Akshar

Himalayan Siddhaa Akshar is an internationally acclaimed Spiritual yogic master. He is the founder, chairman, and course director of Akshar Yoga and president of World Yoga Organisation. He is also the President of the International Siddha Foundation. ...Read More

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