5 Best Yoga Practices For Memory Power And Concentration
For each one of us and particularly for those who are in the process of learning and education, improvement in memory power and concentration becomes most important. Benefits of Yoga go far beyond the domain of physical gains and one such aspect is that Yoga means living in present. Yoga also means higher awareness. Yoga means eliminating the patterns of mind. So the regular practice of a Yogic routine is bound to improve concentration, increase awareness and improve memory power.
There are many techniques in Yoga which stimulate different brain centers and the nervous system. This, in turn, results in improved awareness, memory power, and concentration.
Here, in this post, the five best Yoga practices to improve memory power and concentration have been described.
Sarvangasana – The Shoulder Stand
This inversion improves the memory power by increasing the supply of fresh blood to the head. By the practice of Sarvangasana, cells of the brain get oxygenated blood and there is a sensation of freshness. The mind is relieved of mental and emotional stress, psychological disturbances get cleared resulting in improved focus and memory. The asana is also called shoulder stand and care is necessary while practicing this pose. The neck and head are more prone to injury when practicing this pose, hence a beginner has to be particularly careful.
Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)
Surya Namaskar benefits are innumerable as is a complete Yoga in itself for it includes asana, pranayama, mantra chanting, and meditation techniques. It has a direct vitalizing effect on the solar energy of the body which flows through the Pingala Nadi. The Pingala Nadi get regulated by the regular practice of Surya Namaskar, which further leads to a balanced energy system at both physical and mental level. Further, in Surya Namaskar steps, each forward bend is done with exhalation and each backward bend is done with inhalation. This synchronization of breath with alternate forward and backward bend bring oxygenated and fresh blood to the brain. First, when there is a balanced energy system at the mental level; second, when the fresh and oxygenated blood is supplied to the brain; and third, when a rhythm is set in the brain, this ultimately leads to a clarity of the mind and the practitioner develops higher concentration and improved memory power.
Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
Here we talk of a Yogasana which will awaken the hidden skills, stimulate brain centers and improve the memory power of a practitioner particularly the children, and it is Ustrasana. Those who work in the office and others who have to continuously work on the table and chair, like students, develop a tendency to bend forward while working or studying. This tendency of leaning forward turn into a habit. Then it becomes difficult for them to sit with spine erect. It is necessary for all and particularly for students to sit with the spine in the upright position, just to keep the mind healthy and for a sharp memory power. Ustrasan is one such Yogasana which will help a practitioner in it. The practice of Ustrasana is useful in strengthening the nervous system, improving self-confidence, a healthy mind and a great memory power.
In Pranayama, the best practice for memory power is Bhramari Pranayama as it reduces the agitations of the mind. It is great for relieving stress. It harmonizes the mind and directs the awareness inward. The humming sound vibrations generated by this Pranayama awaken and stimulates the brain cells. Bhramari Pranayama is a part of Naad Yoga Practices. The practice of it allows the alpha waves to enter the brain. These alpha waves neutralize Beta waves which otherwise keep the mind agitated. Further practice of Bhramari results in Theta waves entering the brain which result in higher concentration. This further help in improving the memory power.
The memory aspect of subconscious mind is tackled through the practice of Trataka. The practice Trataka is one of the Shatkarmas of Hatha Yoga. Looking intently with an unwavering gaze at a small point until tears are shed, is known as Trataka. Trataka unlocks the inherent energy of the mind and channelizes it to the dormant areas of the unconscious. Yogi Swatmarama mentions the arousal of clairvoyance but other capacities such as higher concentration and improved memory power etc. also develop by its practice. Further results of higher concentration which is arrived at by Trataka are strong willpower and improved memory. Jyoti Trataka can be done by concentrating on a candle flame.
The above five Yoga practices will help improve memory power in a great way. There are many more practices in Yoga which are helpful in this regard. Although the best pranayama for it, the Bhramari Pranayama is mentioned above, Nadi-Shodhana Pranayama, Ujjayi Pranayama, Deep Breathing Practices and even Kapal Bhati Pranayama will help in improving memory power. Similarly, in asanas, all those asanas in which the flow of blood is directed from the heart to head, called inversions, can be practiced for it. One who practices Meditation regularly is bound to have both great memory power and very high level of concentration.