3 Yoga Poses to Improve Brain Functions

Yoga is great for many things and functions in the body, including improving brain function. A better brain means you will most likely be much more intelligent in life and which may also improve your standard of living.

The following are 3 yoga poses you can practice, to improve the functions of your brain.

1. Padangusthasana (Big toe pose)

Apart from stretching and lengthening the hamstring muscles, this pose causes more blood to be pumped to the brain, thus refreshing it more and increasing its functions. Stand straight with your legs a few feet apart and bend your hips forward to move your head and torso together downwards. Put your middle and index fingers in between your big toes and the other ones and wrap them under the big toe, holding the other two fingers with your thumbs. Push your torso up a little bit to straighten your arms and then straighten your legs as well. Hold and be breathing in and out for about one minute, then release.

2. Paschimottanasana (Seated forward bend)

This pose increases blood flow to the brain, relieving it and decrease your stress and also significantly boosting brain functions. Sit down straight on the floor, with your legs closed, flat and extended in front of you. Push your tailbone outwards as you bend your hips forward to bring your torso to touch your legs. Stretch your arms forward to touch your toes and hold for up to four minutes.

3. Balasana (Child’s pose)

Balasana is a great pose to relieve stress, that destroys brain cells and it causes more blood to be pumped to the brain, improving its functions. Kneel down on the floor with your big toes touching. Move your knees from each other after you have sat on your heels. Bring your torso down to between your knees and then extend your hands palms down on the floor in front of you. Now flatten your back and bring it down further, as you deepen your torso on to the floor, opening your thighs even more and pushing out your tailbone. Inhale and exhale, as you hold the position for at least 30 seconds and as much as 3 minutes.

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