There are many yogic techniques that stimulate the brain and nervous system to improve memory and concentration. Dharana, the sixth limb of yoga, is a state of focused attention used during asana, pranayama and meditation. Dharana trains the mind to become clear, focused and one-pointed.
In asana, using a drishti (gazing point), especially during balancing postures, improves mental concentration. Spine lengthening postures, the forward and back bending poses, activate the spinal column and stimulate the nervous system. Inverted postures nourish the brain by increasing circulation of blood and oxygen.
In pranayama, the mind is focused on the breath as it flows in and out of the body. Oxygen and prana (energy) are also increased in the body and brain by the regulation of breath. Thus, pranayama increases concentration as well as nourishes the brain.
Meditation is a step beyond Dharna, requiring even more mental focus and concentration. The practice of meditation either by itself or in conjunction with asana and pranayama un-clutters the mind by reducing excessive thinking. Excessive thinking consumes mental energy and fogs the mind from seeing and thinking clearly. Meditation on the sixth chakra or third eye will activate the brain as well as focus the mind.
Asana, pranayama and meditation are all powerful tools that stimulate the brain and improve the power of the mind. Our membership site has two “Brain Boost” sequences, as well as a third eye meditation to improve memory and concentration.