Have you caught yourself staring blindly and getting pre-occupied with other thoughts while performing even minute day-to-day tasks? You might not be aware but you my friend are suffering from concentration issues. A fluctuating focus is the main culprit behind low productivity at the workplace, low grades in academics and even failure to complete daily chores at home. With the growing dependency on gadgets and technologies, things like cell phones, TVs, tablets, laptops, computers and social media activity have literally absorbed our attention and engrossed us from being fully present in our day-to-day lives. These external stimuli constantly bombard us and makes it an extremely arduous task to concentrate and live in the present moment. And with time, mere concentration issues can often turn into Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a condition increasingly affecting today’s populace.
Well, if you are looking for ways to improve your concentration and bring your loitering mind to focus, there is nothing better than Yoga, a timeless approach that is an absolute answer to most health anomalies. By awakening the various Chakras in the body, not only does it improve physical, mental and psychological well-being but also helps bringing the mind to the present moment and staying focused to complete various to-do lists on time.
We bring a set of balancing yoga postures which when performed effectively on a daily basis helps you to focus on the breath, movement and posture which in turn keeps distractions at bay, gradually improves focus and concentration.
Effective Yoga Poses For Concentration
- Vrikshasana (Tree Pose):
Stand straight on the floor. Bring both your arms in front of the chest and join the palms in a prayer position. Now keeping the palms joined, stretch both your arms upwards. Bend your right knee and place the sole of your right foot on the interior side of the left thigh. Keep your left leg straight and hold the position as long as you can. Relax for a minute and do it on the other side with the left foot. Repeat 5 times.
The Tree Pose has stellar benefits in opening all the channels within the body. It improves concentration and brings peace of mind. It also calms the nervous system, enhances stamina and stretches the entire body. Practicing it regularly builds self-confidence, increases endurance and also helpful in case of sciatica and arthritic pain.
- Tadasana (Mountain Pose):
Stand straight on the ground, with the heels touching each other and feet slightly apart. Keep the soles grounded at all times and your hands straight on either side. Look in the forward direction and hold this position for 5 minutes. Take a minute of break and repeat 3-4 times.
Being one of the easiest yoga postures, the mountain pose holds high significance in promoting awareness, strengthening the vertical column, and upsurging breathing.
- Ustrasana (Camel Pose):
Kneel on the floor, with your soles upward and legs touching the ground. While keeping hands on the hips, ensure that the knees and shoulders are aligned in a straight manner. Breathe in, and bend your back, gripping your feet with your hands for balance. Hold this posture for one minute or as long as you can, then slowly bring your back to an upright position, relaxing the legs and hands as well.
The Camel Pose is quintessential in strengthening and stretching your back and shoulders and also improves overall posture. It not only promotes the circulatory system but also allows passage of free prana throughout the body while ensuring better efficacy of the neural functions and lung problems.
- Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bent Pose)
Start the pose with your legs stretched out forward. While lifting your arms up, keep your back straight. Exhale and bend forward while keeping your arms horizontal to your legs. Try to hold your big toes with your fingers and keep this position for 30 seconds.
Deemed as a stress-reliever, the seated forward bend pose is one of the most effective yoga poses to promote concentration, prevent anxiety and provide relief from mental and body fatigue. Additionally, it also strengthens the hip and shoulder muscles and energizes the entire body.
- Garudasana (Eagle Pose)
Stand straight with your hands by your side. Now, gently bend your right knee, lift your left leg and get it around your right leg so that your left foot touches your right shin. Next lift both your arms to the shoulder height and get your left arm around your right arm while ensuring that your elbows are bent at 90 degrees. Hold it for 20-30 seconds, release the pose, and do it on the other side.
Named after Garuda, the king of all birds and a vehicle of Lord Vishnu, the Eagle Pose offers a great way to strengthen the muscles of the legs and balance the entire body. Not only does it help in maintaining a correct posture and calm the mind, prevent respiratory issues but also uplifts memory and concentration.