yoga as a mental exerciseBy Avalon Hicks

For years, yoga has been praised as a spiritual and physical practice able to increase flexibility in the body and help reduce stress. However, there are specialized programs that use yoga as a form of mental exercise designed to increase focus and clarity of thought. This type of Yoga has been used in several studies and has been shown to have significant results in both adults and children.

The techniques are simple and easy to do as is most yoga practices in their basic forms. This means that no matter your body type or activity level, whether you are flexible or not, you can benefit from what yoga has to offer both mentally and physically. If you are experiencing issues with mental clarity and memory, then using yoga as a mental exercise may help.


If you are experiencing certain neurological conditions or if you suffer from a learning disability, then you may find some help through yoga. There have been studies done showing that doing yoga can have a positive effect on the mind as well as the body. It can help with mental clarity and focus and can help when it comes to remembering and even retaining information.

Consider what causes loss of mental acuity and focus in your life. Is it a disease, stress, just lack of time to rest and relax? The reason behind it goes a long way to determining which type of yoga is going to work best for what you need. There are multiple exercise, techniques, and one of the great things about yoga is that you can put these together to create something that works to give you what you need to maximum benefit.

Once you have determined the cause, consider the various options open to you. Try doing the basic set of yoga movements. Add them as needed and see how the results work for you. You may need yoga a few times a week or every day. Everyone is different. Do not be afraid to experiment with the various practices to find the one that works best for you.


To give yourself a quick boost at the office consider doing the following exercise, it has been proven to increase mental focus and clarity and all that is necessary is a small bit of space, you can do it right in your office next to your desk. The exercise is simple; you place your tongue against your palette, then cross your arms with your left going under your right. Grasp your earlobes gentle with the thumb on the front index finger on the back. Then do a set of squats – 14-21 of them. You will need to inhale as you go down, exhale as you go up. This combines yoga principles with that of acupressure and has been tested in hospitals and classrooms. It was found to improve overall mental focus.

Many times people lose their mental focus because their mind is tired. We live in a fast-paced world with high demands. Most people do not do enough to relieve the pressure that builds up on the body and mind. Yoga is a great way to relieve that stress and pressure. The less stress you have the more you will be able to focus. Consider the benefits yoga can bring to you as a mental exercise and a way to help give your brain what it needs to support you in your everyday life. There are many different options available, check the internet and your local listings to find out about Yoga and where classes are located.


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