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18 Sep 2018

#HealthBytes: 5 Yoga asanas to improve your concentration

5 Yoga asanas for better concentration

With increasing levels of stress and anxiety as a result of modern lifestyles and work schedules, our concentration suffers big time.

Good news is that Yoga, by relaxing our mind, improving blood flow, and enhancing balance, can help improve our concentration.

Here are 5 Yoga asanas for the same.

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5 Yoga asanas for better concentration
Tadasana helps improve concentration by balancing breath, increasing awareness

Tadasana

Tadasana helps improve concentration by balancing breath, increasing awareness

Tadasana or the Mountain pose helps improve concentration by improving our posture, balancing our breath, and increasing awareness.

Additionally, it firms the abdomen and buttocks, and improves flexibility of the spine.

Stand straight, with your feet hip-width apart, hips in a neutral position, and tailbone tucked just slightly under. With your shoulder blades sliding down your back, reach your head toward the roof.

Vrikshasana

The Vrikshasana helps calm nervous system and improve focus

The Vrikshasana or the Tree pose improves balance and stability, and helps in calming your mind.

With your left foot grounded, hips in line with your shoulders, spine elongated, stand straight.

Next, lift your right leg and press the sole of your foot against your left inner thigh.

Also, make sure you're standing as tall as possible. Join hands to your heart.

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Perform The Lord of the Dance pose for better concentration

Natarajasana

Perform The Lord of the Dance pose for better concentration

Beginning from a standing position, hold your left ankle with your left hand. Shift your weight forward, and place your right hand on your right knee for support.

Now, lean forward, arching your back, and pressing outward with your left foot.

Keeping your left leg straight, slowly extend your right arm as much as you can.

Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat on other side.

Bakasana

Bakasana improves mind-body co-ordination, and reduces tension

Begin from a low-squat position, with your hands on the ground and fingers spread wide.

Now, using your tiptoes, lift your legs, and try to place your knees on the edge of your upper arms.

Slowly shift your body weight forward, then lift your toes up the ground, one by one.

Hold the position for as long as possible.

Practise daily, for better concentration.

For better concentration, perform Shavasana daily

Shavasana

For better concentration, perform Shavasana daily

Shavasana or the corpse pose is one of the simplest Yoga asanas you can perform.

The pose helps calm your mind and the body, enhances awareness, and reduces stress and anxiety, thus helping improve your concentration.

To perform Shavasana, lay down straight on your back, with arms freely open on both the sides, and palms facing upwards.

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