The mind of man is capable of anything.” –Joseph Conrad
Pur mind is indeed the most powerful blessing. It is capable of doing wonders. One’s mind and thought process can make a Heaven of Hell and a Hell of Heaven.
But, due to wavering concentration, we go out of sync at times. Sometimes we work hard but due to deviated focus, fetching the desired results becomes far cry.
Human brain works on a simple formula- feed me peace and I will give you results, maintaining its sanity should top your priority list. But the question is, HOW?
Be it our ancestors or the fitness freaks today, all of them have been enumerating the benefits of Yoga and how it creates a magic in, around, and for you. We all know that Yoga help us to keep our mind calm but it also improves and heals your mental health. Stress, anxiety, and distraction are some of the main causes, depriving your mental productivity which eventually turns out to be a failing factor in any aspect. Hence, your mind needs a remedy to overcome these challenging factors. And, Yoga is one such sure-shot way to get the mind on track.
Here’s a round-up of Yoga Asanas that will help your mind be focused and determined. Have a look!
The calmer the mind, the more determined it is. To begin with, start counting from 200 to 1, and try not making a mistake. If you make a mistake and fumble, restart the process.
This process will help you recollect your thoughts, channelize them, and focus better. It will give you the peace your mind needs. The asana awakens the chakras of body.
Oftentimes, this asana is done at the end of a Yoga session. Also, it is considered to be the finest poses for meditation. While performing this asana, the body stays in a relaxed yet awaken state. It stays responsive to every action and eases the body from anxieties.
To perform this asana, lay down on your back and let your hands lose. Maintain the position for 5-7 minutes. You will notice the difference within a short span of time.
3. Nadi Shoddana Pranayama
This breathing therapy in Yoga can also be termed as “all cure” process. Breathing in and breathing out might seem to be a casual activity. But if done with the right technique, the simple position can do wonders to one’s mental and spiritual health.
Just sit down with crossed legs, block one side nostril, and inhale from the other. Reciprocate and repeat the process for few minutes, and you will feel the ease in your mind and the body.
Whenever you’re anxious, this asana can help you set your priority list and de-clutter the thoughts. Feeling lethargic? No issue, this 5 minute solution can instantly activate the mind and boosts energy levels.
4. Kapal Bhati Pranayam
The term kapal means forehead and bhati means light. The name itself justifies the benefits of this asana.
This asana can enlighten your brain and impart better focussing abilities. It is said to re energizes the brain spots which take the hold of various actions by the frontal brain. In other words, it’s a frontal brain purification process. Eventually, this will lead to a healthy mental lifestyle, which is the source of a successful life.
How to do it?
Sit in a basic Yogic posture, with crossed legs and straight back (those having back issues, can sit while taking support of the wall). Then, start releasing your breath forcefully, in short intervals. Continue the practice till the time you can, and then repeat.
Tip: Beginners can start with a count of 20-30.
5. Bhramari Pranayam
In various Yogic documentaries, Bhramari Pranayama is highlighted as the perfect stress buster. Bhramar is a Sanskrit word for bumble bee and Pranayam means controlled breathing. Hence, it is a controlled breathing like a bee.
This simple to perform yoga asana has many underlying therapeutic benefits. It reduces anxiety, fatigue, and stress and provides instant relief in headaches and facilitates a stress-free lifestyle.
Vrikshasana, also known as Tree Pose is done the way you might guess.
You need to stand in an absolute erect position, drop your hands on your sides. Then slowly take your right leg up, and firmly rest your right foot high on your left thigh.
Now, once you get stable in the position, take a deep breath and raise your hands high in high in namaste mudra. Also, maintain a straight glaze at a distant object to maintain the balance.
Afterwards, release your breath, and get your hands down slowly. Now, reciprocate and repeat the process at least five times.
Tip: Gradually increase the number of the sets you practice, everyday.
Unlike most yoga postures, you need to keep your eyes open in order to maintain the balance. The posture helps you rejuvenate and make you calm. It gives you the balance your mind needs and maintains the equilibrium to your brain. Thus, revitalize and improve the ability to concentrate.
7. Tratak Kriya
If you feel Yoga is too mainstream for you and you need something creative, here’s a solution. Take an A4 size sheet and draw a big black spot. Place it in front of your head, 5 to 6 feet away.
Now, start staring it and concentrate. The longer you focus, the more your determination levels will rise.
Yoga is a journey of self, through the self, and to the self. It’s not just about touching the toes or maintaining posture, but what you learn though it, what you get through it for YOURSELF.
Don’t lose yourself in the race of life. Instead, make space for these activities to acquire a stable place in this unstable world. Without good health, there will be no productivity. Take out 10 to 15 minutes a day for your schedule to continue with grace.
The blog was presented to you by Akshara Tyagi from 9ightout. Akshara is a 23 YO food blogger who loves to try different cuisines and share her experiences for the same.