10 Effective Yoga Asanas To Stimulate Your Nervous System

Written by Ramona Sinha

Yoga can help treat cough, stretch your body, cure menstrual cramps, reenergize the body and keep you fit. Is there something Yoga can’t do? We don’t know yet, as clinical studies go on as we type and read. What we do know is that Yoga can help stimulate the nervous system. Now that’s something interesting, isn’t it?

Yoga For Nervous System:

Read on and find out what asanas help stimulate and enhance the nervous system!

1. Child’s Pose (Balasana):

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This pose has many benefits. It helps ease digestive processes, reenergizes the body and stimulates the nervous system.

  1. Get into a kneeling position.
  2. Tuck your chest under your thighs and keep your arms beside your body.
  3. Begin bending forward and keep going until your forehead touches the ground.
  4. Hold this pose for around 10-15 seconds (1).

[ Read: Yoga Asanas To Improve Mental Health ]

2. Plow Pose (Halasana):

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This pose does look excruciatingly difficult. However, it helps clear sinusitis and stimulates the nervous system.

  1. Lie down on your back.
  2. Begin by raising your legs over your stomach.
  3. Continue extending your legs so that they fold over your head.
  4. Hold the position for 10 seconds.
  5. If you aren’t flexible enough, you can bend your knees to achieve the position (2).

3. Seated Spinal Twist Pose (Ardha Matsyendrāsana):

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This is one of the best yoga asanas for nervous system that helps clear the body of toxins, strengthens the immune system and helps stimulate the nervous system.

  1. Sit down on the floor.
  2. Cross your right leg on your left thigh.
  3. Your right foot should touch the floor.
  4. Bend the left leg so that it touches your posterior.
  5. Take your right hand and put it on the floor.
  6. Your left elbow should rest on your right knee.
  7. Hold the pose for 10 seconds.
  8. Repeat on the other side (3).

4. Anuloma-Viloma (Alternate Nostril Breathing):

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This is another effective pranayama to help clear blocked nose and congestion in the chest. This pose is quite good for the nervous system.

  1. Sit down with your legs crossed over.
  2. Use your right hand to close your left nostril and breathe in through the right nostril.
  3. Take a deep breath and hold it.
  4. Remove your hand from the left nostril, and use it to close your right nostril.
  5. Exhale through the left nostril.
  6. Repeat the process.

The Anuloma and Viloma help purify the blood and have many other health benefits. Five minutes of practicing this pose leaves you feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

5. Down Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana):

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This asana has many benefits. It stimulates WBC production and helps purge the body of toxins. Adho Mukha Svanasana also helps stimulate the nervous system.

  1. Get down on all fours like a cat.
  2. Start on your hands and knees (like how you started the cat pose).
  3. Keeping your toes tucked in, proceed to raise your hips.
  4. Remember that the hips should be high, and you don’t have to keep the sole grounded.
  5. Hold the position for around 10-15 seconds (4).

6. Dirgha Shwasan (Deep Breathing):

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This is a type of Pranayama, which concentrates on using your life force or energy to cleanse the body of toxins and ailments. This exercise helps stimulate neurons and improves oxygenation of blood. Dirgha shwasan also helps improve breathing and increase stamina (5).

Check out how to perform this exercise in this video.

7. Reclining Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Kona Asana):

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This asana has many health benefits and is especially good for stimulating the central nervous system. Get into Baddha Kona Asana or the Bound Angle Pose.

  1. Begin lowering your back to the ground until your back touches the ground.
  2. Hold this pose for 10-15 seconds.
  3. Repeat.

If you suffer from back problems, you can take support by using a raised surface or line up a couple of padded footstools. Check out how to perform Supta Baddha Kona Asana on this video.

8. Upside-Down Seal Pose (Viparita Karani Asana):

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This asana helps stretch the back, tones the legs and stimulates the neurons. This asana is good for the nervous and the immune systems. It purges toxins from the body.

  1. Take the support of a wall to pull this one off.
  2. Keep your hands under your hips and your feet straight upwards.
  3. Hold this pose for 10 seconds and lower yourself gently (6).

9. Corpse Pose (Savasana):

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The corpse pose, or Savasana is a pose designed to help you recover all the energy you burnt.

  1. All you need to do is lie down on your back and mimic a corpse.
  2. Keep your hands by the sides and palms facing upwards.
  3. Hold this position for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Close your eyes and count your breath.
  5. Take deep breaths (7).

10. Happy Child’s Pose (Ananda Balasana):

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The Happy Child’s Pose or the Ananda Balasana is another variation of the Balasana. Just like its cousin, Balasana helps ease digestive processes, reenergizes the body and stimulates the nervous system. However, it is unlike its cousin in form.

  1. Lie down on your back and extend both your legs above your stomach.
  2. Reach out with both your hands and use your index fingers to grab your toes.
  3. Once you grab your toes, bend your knees and take them towards the floor.

Check out how to perform the asana in the video.

Have you ever tried yoga for nervous system? So, what are you waiting for? Yoga keeps you healthy, yoga keeps you fit, and yoga keeps you smart. Try out these yoga poses for nervous system today. And tell us about your experiences here. Leave a comment below!

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Ramona is a journalist-turned-content writer. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature and has been writing for the digital world for over five years. She specializes in writing for Skin Care. She has done a certificate course titled ‘Dermatology: Trip To The Skin’, offered by Novosibirsk State University. She believes that beauty begins with a good skin care regimen and is on a mission to eliminate all toxins from her routine. She helps and guides readers in selecting products and ingredients specific to their skin type/issue. When Ramona is not working, her books and passion for music, good food, and traveling keep her busy.