Yoga; one of the most common human activity who entered in every home now in the last few years. Yoga is beneficial for all age groups. It is good for boy, for girl, for man, for woman, for old age or for children. It’s not only beneficial for our bodies but also for mental. There are many examples we have seen where students do Yoga on a regular basis are scoring very high marks in their exams. Yoga not only energizes your physical body, it also energizes your mind and your mental status. Yoga controls your emotions, yoga controls your thoughts, yoga improves your concentration power and yoga improves your will power also. It is advisable for all students to start yoga and see the difference.
Here are some important Yoga asans for students which can help you to build your career.
Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation):
Surya Namaskar is one of the most energizing techniques in yoga. It includes 12 poses which help to influence the working of different organs and glands of your body. Surya Namaskar is a complete exercise where your body becomes energetic and there is free movement of blood in the body. It also develops strength, stability, and flexibility of body and mind. If done with controlled movements of breath, it improves your lungs’ capacity as well.
Benefits of Surya Namaskar:
- Helps lose weight
- Glowing skin
- Better digestive system
- Ensures regular menstrual cycle
- Brings down blood sugar level
- Improves anxiety
- Helps your body detox
- Battles insomnia
- Improve your concentration
Matsyasana (Fish Pose):
Matsya is taken from Sanskrit which means Fish; it is also known as the fish pose which improves blood flow to the head. Student always sits for a long time for study. It causes stress in neck and back. This asana is the best asana which relieves your pain in the back and neck.
How to do it:
This asana is very simple. First, you bend your right leg and place the right foot on top of the left thigh. Do the same for the left leg by keeping it on the right thigh (Padmasana). Use your elbows to lift the back and ensure that it forms an arch and rest your head on the ground simultaneously. Now hold your big toes with your hands. Hold this position for about a couple of seconds and return to the original position.
Benefits of Matsyasana:
- Destroyer of all diseases
- Stretches the deep hip flexors (psoas) and the muscles (intercostals) between the ribs
- Stretches and stimulates the muscles of the belly and front of the neck
- Stretches and stimulates the organs of the belly and throat
- Strengthens the muscles of the upper back and back of the neck
- Improves posture and flexibility
- Reduce anxiety and depression
Bhramari Pranayam (Bee breathing):
This pranayama is also known as Bee breathing. It is a very simple asana. It will improve your concentration and help get rid of the anxiety and anger.
How to do it:
Sit straight in a comfortable position with your eyes closed and close your ears with your index finger. Now, take a deep breath and make a humming sound like a bee. It would be beneficial if you make a high-pitched sound. Do this three to five times. This yoga will help you to release stress and relax the brain waves – resulting in improved memory and increased confidence.
Benefits of Brahamari Pranayam:
- Instant relief from tension, anger, and anxiety
- Gives relief if you’re feeling hot or have a slight headache
- Helps mitigate migraines
- Pranayama benefits in Improving concentration and memory
- Builds confidence
- Reduce blood pressure
- Helps calm the mind in preparation for meditation
- It is a very effective breathing technique for people suffering from hypertension as it calms down the agitated mind
Virasana (Hero Pose):
Vira word is taken from Sanskrit which means Hero. This asana is a meditative pose, so it is best if you practice this pose in the morning. Virasana helps to relieve stress and improve concentration.
How to do it:
Start by kneeling down and keep your inner thighs and knees together. Now, move your feet outward and sit back. Your legs should be on your side and your knees should be on the floor. Hold this position for a couple of minutes and return to the original position.
Benefits of Virasana:
- It gives the ankles, thighs, and knees a good stretch
- The arches of the feet become strong
- This asana acts like a digestive that not only improves the process but also relieves gas
- It helps to ease the symptoms of menopause
- It helps relieve and reduce the swelling of the legs through the second trimester of pregnancy
- It improves the circulation of blood in the legs and relieves tired legs
- It helps improve posture
- It helps cure high blood pressure, asthma, and flat feet
Kapalbhati is one such asana which requires zero effort and gives great returns. ‘Kapalbhati’ comes from the word ‘Kapal’ (forehead) and ‘Bhati’ which means ‘to shine’. It is believed that the regular practice of the exercise brings a natural glow on the face.
Kapalbhati is a shat kriya, which means it’s a form of a cleansing technique that removes toxic air and toxins from the body. This is not much of a posture; this is a technique of pranayama as well as a process of cleansing of your system. This technique enhances the level of vitality (prana) in your body. Being energizing pranayama this technique requires efforts. The focus is on rapid forceful exhalations and the passive inhalations resulting in rapid and perceptible movements of your abdominal muscles.
How to do it:
Sit comfortably with your spine erect and place your hands on the knees with palms open to the sky. Take a deep breath in. As you exhale, pull your stomach. Pull your navel in back towards the spine. Do as much as you comfortably can. You may keep your right hand on the stomach to feel the abdominal muscles contract. As you relax the navel and abdomen, the breath flows into your lungs automatically. Take 20 such breaths to complete one round of Kapalbhati Pranayama. After completing the round, relax with your eyes closed and observe the sensations in your body.
Benefit of Kapalbhati:
- Beneficial for stomach muscles including liver and pancreas
- Helps in digestion and removal of acidity and gas related problems
- Beneficial for belly fat loss
- Strengthens lungs and increases its capacity
- Helps in removing blockages in the heart and lungs
- It also increases blood supply to various parts of the body
- It activates the body and removes lethargy
- Helps in activates the brain cells and improves memory and concentration power
- Kapalbhati is great for focus and checks forgetfulness
During exams, most of the students find it difficult to remember or recollect what they have studied before and this happens even after doing their revisions. Not being able to remember what they’ve studied, loss of sleep and energy, lack of concentration and frightful nightmares related to the dreaded exams, these are also most common problem. Yoga is the answer to all these problems.