When you’re practicing yoga, there’s no doubt that you need to be focused and in the moment to hold poses and get the maximum benefits. In order to do this, you need to clear your mind.
If you’re thinking about what you’re going to make for dinner or what projects need to be completed at work, you won’t really get to experience all the great things yoga can do for your mind and body.
Clearing our mind is no easy task, but it’s an essential one if we want to be able to focus. Thanks to yoga, these poses can help!
This pose is all about breathing which is essential for clearing your mind. It helps you to relax which can give you a better night’s sleep and improve brain function and memory.
Stand up straight with your hands together in front of your chest. Bow your head.
The trick here is to hold for 30 deep breaths. Yes, that’s a long time, but you might need that much time to truly clear your head.
Think about how calm and free butterflies are if you want to get inspired for this pose. Butterfly pose helps to relieve stress and tiredness which can give your brain a boost.
Sit on the floor, with your knees out to the side. Bring the bottoms of your feet together and your hands in so that they’re opening your feet like a book. Try to hold this pose for 15 breaths as you clear your mind.
This pose is a bit more challenging and requires deep concentration.
Focus on one spot in front of you so you can balance. Shift your weight into your right foot. Cross the right leg over the left either once or twice, depending on your flexibility. Sink your hips as low as you can.
Wrap your left elbow and forearms over your right. Press your palms together as you pull your fingertips toward the ceiling. Activate your core and hold for 5 deep breaths.
It doesn’t get much more challenging than this pose. Your mind definitely needs to be 100% focused in order to make this one work.
Put your hands on the floor while lifting one foot toward the ceiling. Try to keep your hips square. Hold for 5 deep breaths. If your standing leg starts to throb, focus and pulse through it as you breathe.
If the standing split has your legs throbbing, then it may be time for child’s pose, which is totally the opposite and much more relaxing. The restfulness of this pose helps to relieve stress and anxiety while clearing the mind.
Kneel on your mat with your knees either together or wide apart, whichever is more comfortable. Exhale and bend over so your torso and is on your thighs and your forehead comes to the mat. Stay here for as many calming breaths as you want.
Practicing these yoga poses for a clear mind can lessen anxiety and stress and even help you have a better memory.
So here’s to a better mood, a clearer mind, a more relaxed YOU!