Do you often forget answers, equations, chemical formulas? Lose your keys? Remember faces but not names? Memory lapses like these are common. But they don't have to be. Take the stress out. Try the tips below and see if they work for you.
At least five days a week, take a 30-minute walk in the fresh air and do the following yoga poses which will increase blood supply to the brain.
(Do 10 cycles)
Inhale naturally, take a deep breath into the belly, and then make a humming on exhalation. When doing bhramari, touch the tip of your tongue lightly to the edge of the soft palate near the back of the roof of your mouth. Be sure the teeth are not clenched.
(Do 10 cycles)
One of the simplest breathing practices, and one that is very effective, is Alternative Nostril Pranyama.
Memory is like a muscle-if you don't use it, you lose it. Exercise your mind by memorizing a new prayer, poem, or Sanskrit scripture, reciting it every morning until you know it by heart. Then start learning a new one. Memory-boosting foods include sweet potatoes, okra, spinach, oranges, carrots, milk, ghee (clarified butter), tapioca and almonds.
Mind A -day mono-diet of kitchari (an ayurvedic rice and bean dish) will cleanse your system of ama (toxic residue), which can weaken memory-and lead to illness as well.
Ayurvedic scriptures have a special classification for memory-boosting herbs: Medhya ("that which improves memory"). Some of the best herbs in this category are brahmi, jatamamsi, bhringaraj, and shanka pushpi. Here are a few ways to get these herbs into your system:
Make a memory-boosting tea. Steep 1 teaspoon of the four herbs listed above in 1 cup of hot water for 10 minutes. Strain and drink on an empty stomach twice a day.
Drink brahmi milk. At bedtime, boil 1/2 teaspoon of brahmi with a pinch of saffron in a cup of milk. Allow the milk to come to a boil three times, strain, cool slightly, and enjoy.
Sit back on your heels. Inhaling, bend back, twist to the right and place your right hand on your right heel. Same way eith the left side. Arch forward, bringing your head and shoulders back. Breathe evenly for two minutes. Then, relax your arch and exhaling come up from the right side or sit back onto your heels.
Lie face down with your feet together. Then, bend your knee and bring your feet towards your head. Reach down with your hands and grasp your ankles. Then, as you inhale, pull on your feet to raise your thigh, chest and head off the floor. Raise your upper and lower body as much as you comfortably can and rest on your abdomen.
Lie face down with your legs together. Place your hands flat on the floor, on either side of your chest. Inhaling, raise your chest until your ribs are off the floor. Exhale. Inhale and reach farther up and back, stopping just before your navel comes off the floor. Use your back muscles to lift your rib cage and then use your arms. Hold for three to five breaths then slowly "uncoil" as you exhale.
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