10 Effective Yoga Asanas To Stimulate Your Nervous System

Improve your cognitive health and functioning with yoga postures that benefit your nervous system.

By Ramona Sinha, Certified Skin Care Coach

Yoga can help you get rid of a cough, stretch your muscles, reenergize your body, relieve menstruation cramps, and help you stay in shape. It also plays a role in improving your nervous system. So, you can do certain yoga asanas that stimulate your nervous system. These asanas aid in the stimulation of the neural system and provide many other benefits to it. Keep reading to know more!

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).

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.

Practicing yoga poses to stimulate your nervous system is highly effective and beneficial for your overall health. Not only do these asanas activate the neural system but also enhance digestive processes, clear sinusitis, boost the immune system, flush out toxins from the body, clear chest congestion, and boost white blood cell production. Moreover, they help improve respiratory health, build stamina, and revitalize the body. While some of these poses are easy to perform, others require regular practice. So, be consistent in your efforts.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does yin yoga affect the nervous system?

Yin yoga is believed to tap the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps lower the heart rate and blood pressure levels. It may also relax your muscles and release endorphins.

Can your nervous system repair itself?

No. Due to the brain’s and spinal cord’s complexity, it is tough for the nervous system to repair itself.

How do you know if your nervous system is damaged?

You may experience numbness, weakness, tingling, inability to move a limb or the body, blurred vision, loss of speech, etc.

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Ramona is an editor at StyleCraze. Prior to that, she authored over 200 articles on skin and hair care. She... more