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How to Improve Concentration by Practicing Yoga

Nov 03,2022 | IUGA-Stephen

Practicing yoga can calm one's mind and keep distracting thoughts out of the way, and it is a way to improve concentration in studies. The sage Patanjali, who compiled the Yoga Sutras, said, "Yoga chitta vritti nirodha," which means that yoga reduces the fluctuations of your mind. This means practicing yoga can calm your emotions and help you focus better.

Ancient yogis believed in the magical power of yoga and its potential to improve concentration. Later, research provides evidence, backed by science and logic. In a recent experiment at the University of Illinois, a group of people was told to practice yoga for 20 minutes a day. Then, voila! That's our goal. The results showed better brain function.

With enough research evidence that yoga practice is a way to improve concentration, it's time to start practicing the real thing. Here are some balance yoga asanas to improve engagement.

Ustrasana atau Camel Pose

Ustrasana or Camel Pose is the throwing of the upper body backward, similar to the sitting pose of a camel. Practicing Ustrasana is best done in the morning on an empty stomach, without food in it.

Ustrasana – Camel Pose

If that's not possible, exercising in the evening is fine, but make sure to eat four to six hours before your workout. Make sure the lumbar spine is not overstretched. Ustrasana is a basic Vinyasa yoga asana. Once you're in the Ustrasana pose, hold it for at least 30-60 seconds.

Paschimottanasana atau Seated Forward Bend

Paschimottanasana or seated forward bend is to bring the upper body forward and focus on the back of the body. Practice this asana on an empty stomach, and if practicing in the evening, be sure to leave a gap of four to six hours with your last meal. The food digested at that time releases energy that can be used to perform this yoga pose.

Seated Forward Bend

Paschimottanasana is a basic pose of hatha yoga. Hold this pose for 30-60 seconds. Beginners in yoga may not be able to straighten their legs at first. If your hands don't reach your feet, you can use a yoga strap or towel, but be sure to keep your spine as straight as possible when trying this forward fold.