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    Want To Improve Concentration Before Exams? Try These 6 Yoga Poses

    By Dyuti Biswas
    23 Apr'22  3 min read
    Want To Improve Concentration Before Exams? Try These 6 Yoga Poses
    Synopsis

    Yoga is now considered one of the greatest healthcare practices that one could undertake to keep in shape and maintain a healthy body. Apart from physical health, yoga is also known to work wonders for the mental well-being of the practitioner. Here are a few yoga asanas which, according to experts,  improve concentration powers and are especially useful for students set to write board exams or other exams.

    Want To Improve Concentration Before Exams? Try These 6 Yoga Poses
    Synopsis

    Yoga is now considered one of the greatest healthcare practices that one could undertake to keep in shape and maintain a healthy body. Apart from physical health, yoga is also known to work wonders for the mental well-being of the practitioner. Here are a few yoga asanas which, according to experts,  improve concentration powers and are especially useful for students set to write board exams or other exams.

    The first casualty of online learning has been concentration. Now, with board exams coming up, students need all the help they can get to focus on their studies.

    Yoga, already known to be one of the most effective ways to keep your mind and body healthy, can help improve your mental faculties, as well, say experts. It is especially good for enhancing observational skills and concentration. Careers360 asked yoga instructor Sravanthi Vakkalanka what the best yoga asanas are for students set to write their board exams. She recommended the following five asanas for enhancing concentration skills, especially in school children to remove stress.

    Padmasana: Lotus Pose

    Just like its name, this pose involves sitting in a cross-legged posture where your legs are positioned like the petals of the lotus flower. In this pose, the person first puts his right leg over his left thigh, in a way where the sole of the foot points upward and the heel is close to the abdomen. After that, the process is repeated with the left foot. In the end, both the ankles rest on the thighs. This is considered to be the best post for meditation. Meditating in this position helps to calm the mind and enhance the power of concentration.

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    Pada Hastasana: Standing Forward-Bend Pose

    Pada hastasana, also known as the standing forward-bend pose, is extremely instrumental in improving concentration. It is commonly practiced during the Surya Namaskar, which is also known as the Sun Salutation. The asana involves standing up erect and then bending down to touch the feet. Apart from helping you relax and concentrate better, this asana also massages and tones up the digestive organs. It also increases the flexibility in your calves and hamstrings. It also improves blood circulation and releases excess air from the abdomen.

    Ushtrasana: Camel Pose

    This pose is extremely handy for people who are suffering from a sedentary lifestyle in today’s world. This involves sitting on your knees and tilting your head backwards, resting your hands on the ankles of your feet. In the age of the pandemic, students attending online classes haven’t got much chance to walk, roam or run about. The days of walking to school, running about in the classrooms and playing sports in school compounds will take some time to return. In such circumstances, ustrasana is the ideal asana to practice for alleviating back pain and also keeping the backbone healthy. Ustrasana helps and stretches the body and opens up the thoracic region. It strengthens the spine and helps to rectify the improper slouching posture. It improves concentration and lowers the blood pressure as well.

    Paschimottanasana: Seated Forward-Bend Pose

    Paschimottanasana, also known as the seated forward-bend, is believed to calm the mind. This is also a very effective cardiovascular exercise which involves bending over the top half of the body over the seated lower half, and touching the ankles or toes of the legs which should be in an outstretched position. Doing this regularly enhances concentration and also the flexibility of the body.

    Pranayama: Breathing Practice

    Pranayama is the practice of controlling your breath. By practicing pranayama, it is possible for you to control the duration, timing and frequency of every breath that you take. The goal of pranayama is to focus your mind and ignore distractions around you. It also supplies your body with oxygen.

    Pranayama involves various breathing techniques which can help bring forth a lot of clarity to the mind and assists the brain in focusing on various things. Examples include:

    • Alternate nostril breathing (nadishodhana)
    • Victorious breath (ujjayi)
    • Honeybee humming breath (bhramari)
    • Bellows breath (bastrika)

    With these six asanas, bid goodbye to all forms of stress and concentrate fully on your exams with the least bit of distraction.

    • Meditation
    • Physical exercise
    • Yoga
    • Hindu prayer and meditation
    • Mind–body interventions
    • Asana
    • Spirituality
    • Pranayama
    • Sun Salutation

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