We all are aware about the innumerous benefits of practicing yoga exercises. Including yoga exercises that help you in more than one way and is good for the mind and body connection. Not just an exercise that will help you spiritually and physically but it has some other benefits too. As the nervous system is one of the most important and vital organ systems of the human body it is important to look after its well being and keepin it healthy. Read along to know about the yoga postures that will help you to enhance and strengthen your nervous system if practised regularly.
Yoga Asanas to Strengthen Nervous System
Here are 5 Yoga asanas that will help you to enhance and strengthen your nervous system if practiced regularly.
#1. Viparita Karani Asana (Legs Up the Wall Pose)
A pose which is best known for restoring the mind-body connection, viparita karani asana is said to be helpful in stimulating neurons. Effective for easing the symptoms of anxiety, this yoga asana also brings relief to the lower back. Legs up the wall is a yoga posture that tones the legs, stretches the back and is good for the immune system as well. Apart from strengthening the nervous system this yoga posture also helps to get rid of the toxins inside the body. It also helps to provide strength to your shoulders and the upper body.
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Here is how you can perform this yoga posture in a correct manner-
- Lie flat on your back close to a wall.
- Sqoot your hips against the wall while bending your knees.
- Straighten up your legs and make sure that your hips are flat against the wall.
- Hold this position for about 3 minutes while concentrating on your breath.
#2. Balasana (Child’s Pose)
A basic yoga posture that is even a part of the surya namaskar cycle, balasana is a posture that helps to ease up the digestion process. Performed as a resting posture in between the challenging exercises this yoga posture allows you to pause and concentrate on your breath. Child’s pose helps to stimulate the nervous system, ease the process of digestion and re-energise the whole body. It also helps to ease the symptoms of anxiety and provides comfort.
Apart from this it also helps to release the tension from the back, shoulders and neck.
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Follow these simple steps to reap the benefits of this yoga asana-
- Kneel on the mat on the knees while keeping your back straight.
- Make sure that your knees are hip distance apart.
- Lower your chest/ torso towards your thighs and bring your forehead close to the ground.
- Slide your hands back towards your knees alongside the legs so that your palms are facing up.
- Hold this pose for about 20-30 seconds while concentrating on your breath.
- Rise up and come back to the initial position.
#3. Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (The Bridge Pose)
An inversion pose that can be restorative as well as energizing, the bridge pose helps to provide a stretch to your body. This posture helps in improving blood circulation, stretches the spine, neck, chest and hips while providing strength to hamstrings, back and buttocks. Set bandha asana also helps to calm the brain and central nervous system which elevates mild depression and anxiety. Not just this but bridge pose is a yoga asana which also helps to stimulate abdominal organs, lungs and thyroid glands while improving digestion.
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Follow these simple steps to calm brain and relieve anxiety through the bridge pose-
- Lie flaton your back and fold your knees.
- Make sure that your feet are placed hip width apart and are close to the hips
- Place your hands on the floor so that they are parallel to your body and are facing downwards.
- Lift your body up the floor by lifting your pelvis by pushing your feet and lower back.
- Try to touch your chin to the chest without moving your head.
- Tighten up your hips and ensure that your thighs are parallel to each other.
- Take your torso as high as you can and hold this position for 30-50 seconds.
- Slowly release and get down to the initial position.
#4. Vrikshasana (The Tree Pose)
A pose that helps to concentrate on one point known as the ‘dristi point’, tree pose is a balancing yoga posture that helps to improve the stability in legs. A yoga posture which helps to make your breath smooth, mind calm and focus steady.Tree pose also helps to strengthen the tendon and ligaments of the feet while toning your legs and buttocks. Due to the weight bearing nature of this asana it helps to strengthen the bones of legs and hips.
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Strengthen your nervous system along with the lower body by practicing Vrikshasana or The Tree Pose-
- Stand straight with your back upright.
- Balance on your right leg and slowly lift your left leg.
- Bend your left leg at the knee and place the left leg against the right thigh.
- Place your foot flat on the thigh so that your toes are pointing towards the ground.
- Join your hands in the prayer position in front of your chest.
- Lift your arms over your head while keeping your hands joint.
- Hold this position for a few seconds while taking deep breaths.
- Slowly lower your arms and bring your hands to the level of your chest.
- Place your left leg slowly on the ground.
#5. Makarasana (The Crocodile Pose)
A yoga posture that provides deep relaxation to the spine and shoulders, makarasana facilitates the diaphragmatic breathing which is vital for a person’s overall well being. This diaphragmatic breathing is also correlated with the functioning of the nervous system which triggers the relaxation response. The crocodile pose is also said to cure conditions like knee pain, asthma and lung related issues. It stretches the hip muscles and completely relaxes the body and keeps it rejuvenated.
Follow these steps to perform makarasana and reap its full benefits.
- Lie flat on your stomach
- Fold your hands in a way that your elbows are touching the ground and fingers are facing upwards.
- Raise your head and shoulders while keeping your neck straight.
- Bend your head forward and place your chin on the palms.
- Stretch out your legs so that your toes are facing outwards.
- Concentrate on your breath and let your muscles relax.
- Stay in this position for a couple of minutes and slowly release.
Try including these yoga asanas to your daily routine in order to strengthen and enhance your nervous system. Make sure that you follow the instructions properly in order to reap the maximum benefits from these yoga exercises and to prevent any kind of injury.