Top 10 Yoga Poses To Improve Your Memory March 8, 2017

Memory loss can be daunting. To live with it everyday can stoop your confidence levels. The embarassment of forgetting important dates, weak recollection of memorable events and everyday misplacing of things can get depressing. In such situations, you wish for super powers to help you overcome it and here are 10 yoga poses which are just that.

Memory Improving Yoga Poses

  1. Bakasana (Crane Pose)
  2. Padmasana (Lotus Pose)
  3. Padahastasana (Standing Forward Bend)
  4. Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand Pose)
  5. Halasana (Plow Pose)
  6. Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)
  7. Tadasana (Tree Stand Pose)
  8. Sukhasana
  9. Vajrasana
  10. Reclining Hero Pose

1. Bakasana (Crane Pose)

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Benefits: Bakasana gives a sense of balance, improves concentration and coordination.

Procedure: Sit in a squatting position on the floor. Keep an arm’s distance between both the knees and keep your feet flat on the ground. Take your palms in between your knees and place them firmly on the ground while keeping your knees and elbows at the same level. Now, bend your torso forward, lift your legs up and balance the entire body with your palms. Keep your head straight and look ahead.

To know more about this pose, check Bakasana.

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2. Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

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Benefits: Padmasana relaxes your mind and reduces muscular tension.

Procedure: Sit on the floor with legs stretched out and spine erect. Bend your right knee and place it on your left thigh. The sole of the right foot should face upward and the heel closer to the abdomen. Repeat the same procedure with the other leg. Now, place your hands on the knees in mudra position. Keep your head straight and breathe gently.

To know more about this pose, check Padmasana.

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3. Padahastasana (Standing Forward Bend)

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Benefits: Padahastasana invigorates your nervous system and increases blood supply to your brain.

Procedure: Stand straight with your feet together. Lift your arms straight up over your head. Your arms should touch the ears. Bend down at the hips and reach for your feet. Your torso and head should be facing and hugging the thighs and your hands placed on either side of your feet.

To learn more about this pose, check Padahastasana.

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4. Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand Pose)

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Benefits: Sarvangasana cures insomnia, relieves hypertension and soothes headaches.

Procedure: Lie down on your back keeping your legs together. Lift your legs at an angle of 90 degrees. Press your arms against the floor, bend your elbows, hold your waist by your hands and lift them up taking the legs higher making a straight line. Keep your shoulder blades straight.

To know more about this pose, check Sarvangasana.

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5. Halasana (Plow Pose)

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Benefits: Halasana calms your nervous system, reduces stress and fatigue.

Procedure: Lie down on your back and keep your arms on either side of your body with palms facing down. Lift your legs at a 90-degree angle. Then supporting your hips with your hands, lift them off the ground. Take your feet over your head at an 180-degree angle, making your toes touch the floor. Try to keep your back perpendicular to the floor. Bring back your hands to their initial position.

To know more about this pose, check Halasana.

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6. Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)

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Benefits: Paschimottanasana cures headaches and increases concentration.

Procedure: Sit down with your legs stretched out forward. Raise your hands straight up, with your arms touching the ears. Bend forward at the hips with your abdomen and chest hugging the thighs and your head on the knees. Your fingers should touch your toes, and you can keep your arms a little bent at the elbows.

To know more about this pose, check Paschimottanasana.

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7. Tadasana (Tree Stand Pose)

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Procedure: Stand on the floor in straight position.Stretch your hands up in the air and bring them down.Fold your left leg from the knee and place it on the inner side of your right thigh.Look straight. Join your palms together in prayer position and place them in front of your chest.Close your eyes and relax.

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8. Sukhasana

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Benefits: This is the best asana to relax your mind, body and soul.

Procedure: Sit on the floor with your legs spread straight in front of you.Bend your left knee and fold it in such a way that the sole of your left foot is placed on the inner side of your right thigh.
Bend your right knee in such a way that the sole of your right foot is placed on the outer side of your left calf muscle.Place your hands on your knees. Do not stretch your body.Keep back straight, close your eyes and relax.

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9. Vajrasana

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Procedure: Kneel down on the floor.Your knees, big toes and ankles should be parallel to each other and should touch the ground.Place your palms on the knees.Keep your spine straight. Look in the front direction, close your eyes. Relax.

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10. Reclining Hero Pose

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Procedure: Place your body in Vajrasana pose (refer to the pose mentioned above).With a slight jerk, try to bend your body backwards until your head touches the ground.Keep your hands on the floor at a comfortable distance from your body, palms up.Rest your head on either side of the body or just keep it in the centre. Close your eyes.

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Do try practicing these tips & techniques at home and see the wonderful difference it leaves behind on your mind, body and soul. Happy Practicing!

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  • Protonu Banerjee

    wonderful article.

  • AmandaF

    When did yoga become about the outfits?

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Nita, amnesia is mainly seen among the elderly people even though people of any age may get affected by it. Proper diet, exercises and meditation can be regarded to be very valuable in the treatment of amnesia. Follow the yoga poses mentioned above in the article. Along with yoga, do include the following ingredients in your diet: basil leaves, black pepper, cumin seeds, almonds, walnuts, brahmi herb and rosemary. Lastly, plenty of rest and sleep is necessary for a peaceful mind which can be helpful in curing the problem of amnesia or memory loss. Hope these suggestions help your friend.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Anisha, whether you’re 50 or 95, it is never too late to take up yoga. You are only as old as you feel! One important tip to follow is: Start your practice of asanas (postures) at a slow and gentle pace. Never overexert the body or force yourself into a pose. Respect your physical limits. And within just a few months you will be doing things you never thought possible. Some of the basic asanas are –
    1. Yoga breathing – Learning how to breathe the yoga way is the first exercise.
    2. Mountain Pose or Tadasana
    3. Crescent Pose or Anjaneyasana
    4. Downward-Facing Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana
    5. Triangle Pose or Trikonasana
    6. Bridge Pose or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
    For more info on the poses, please check the article below:
    http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/basic-yoga-asanas-for-beginners/

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Sonam, Diabetes and memory loss are closely linked, and poorly controlled diabetes can cause memory loss. To maintain normal brain functioning, people with diabetes need a constant supply of glucose from their blood. Memory loss and reduced brain functioning can occur during periods of low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) and high blood glucose (hyperglycemia) can affect memory over the longer term for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Good diabetes management is recommended to help prevent memory problems as well as to help your health in general. Following a healthy diet, taking regular exercise and managing stress can all be helpful for the body and the mind.

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    Hi Priyanka, there are no side effects of these exercises, but if you are performing these exercises for the first time or if you are a beginner then practice them slowly and later increase the number of times to repeat the position.

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    Hi, food that you can include in your diet to improve memory are: oily fish like – salmon, sardines and other oily fish are rich in DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid, eggs, walnuts and almonds, herbs like brahmi, ginkgo, rosemary and dark green leafy vegetables.