Stress plays a vital role in lag of concentration. Studies have found that practicing yoga for concentration on a daily basis, can improve one’s focus and memory power. Usually we think, as we age the brain’s function slows down resulting in drop of our concentration levels. But this is not the case with only aged persons. Even kids and youngsters suffer from the same problem.
Yoga is beneficial in relaxing your mind and body. Makes your mind steer away from all the negative thoughts. The clearer thoughts will help you to gain more concentration levels. These yoga exercises helped me a lot in gaining a higher concentration. Here I am sharing some of the exercises with you. Why don’t you give them a try too?
Yoga For Concentration – Various poses
Virasana (Hero Pose) yoga for concentration
- Boosts up circulation and relieves tired legs.
- Relieves the symptoms of menopause.
- Stretches the knees, thighs, hips, feet and ankles.
- Relieves gas and increases digestion.
- In the first step, kneel down keeping your thighs perpendicular to the mat.
- Next, sit down straight keeping the hips between your legs with feet separated at hip width and knees together.
- Deeply inhale and exhale, allowing your mind to focus on your breathing pattern.
- Sit in this position until the body relaxes completely.
One can use a yoga block or blanket to support the hip bones. Avoid doing this pose if you have knee injury.
Sukhasana (Easy Pose) yoga for concentration
- Lengthens your spine.
- Strengthens our back.
- Calms your brain.
- Gives relaxation from anxiety, stress and mental exhaustion.
- Broadens the chest area.
- Sit straight with spine erect.
- Initially, keep your legs crossed.
- Now stretch out the hands in Gyan Mudra.
- Keep your eyes closed and chant some favorite mantra. Try to concentrate on the same.
- Let your mind to forget everything else.
Patients with knee injuries and disc problem must avoid practicing this pose.
Vajrasan (Thunderbolt Pose) yoga for concentration
- Provides you relief from sciatic pain.
- The pose strengthens the spine.
- Sit down on your knees allowing the hips to rest on the heels.
- Then close your eyes, rest your palms on the thighs in Yoga Mudra.
- Straighten your spine and focus on your breath.
- Stay in this position for 3-5 minutes.
- Avoid Vajrasan in case of knee injury.
- Salutation Seal
- Enhances flexibility in our hands, wrists, fingers and arms.
- Empowers your heart.
- Reduces stress and anxiety.
- Sit on the yoga mat in Sukhasana pose.
- Next, join the palms at your chest level in Namaskar Mudra.
- Breathe deeply keeping your eyes closed and spine erect.
- You should concentrate on your breathing pattern.
- Don’t practice this asana in case of a back or knee injury.
- Anoloma Viloma Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing)
- Eliminates accumulated stress in the body and mind.
- Regulates body temperature.
- Great breathing technique to calm our minds.
- Coordinates the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
- Sit comfortably in a yoga seated pose. Keeping your hands rest on your thighs in Yoga Mudra.
- Now hold the right hand in Vishnu Mudra.
- Close your right nostril with the thumb, inhale deeply through the left nostril.
- Then close the left nostril with the small and ring fingers and exhale via right nostril.
- Keep the left nostril closed and inhale deeply via the right nostril.
- Then close the right nostril with your thumb, exhale through left nostril.
- This makes one round of Anuloma – Viloma Pranayama.
- Sit straight, keeping eyes closed and concentrate only on how you breathe.
- Repeat the process for about 10 minutes.
It is recommended to consult a medical expert for people who have undergone heart, brain and abdominal surgeries.