A baby is born into the world with around 100 billion brain cells or neurons; give or take a few million. A neuron is so miniscule that 30,000 of them fit on a pinhead. The brain is so important to the human species that four weeks after conception, an embryo produces half a million neurons every minute. A complex system of 300 million neurons connects the brain’s right and left sides.
To make the most of one’s brain, it needs to be exercised and nurtured like every other muscle of the human body. Synapses – points of the brain connections – have to be created and conserved for the brain to stay alert and healthy throughout adulthood. How can a parent ensure their child’s development is constantly improving during school? What could a parent of a learning disabled child do to help them develop? Superbrain Yoga. This simple squat exercise offers benefits not just for students but adults seeking brain wellness into their senior years and patients with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Down Syndrome, Alzheimer’s and other development challenges and cognitive delays seeking normalcy and cures.
The Science Behind Superbrain Yoga
Based on the research of Dr. Joie P. Jones, Dept. of Radiological Sciences, University of California, the exercise works using the body’s energy centers that absorb, digest and distribute energy to different parts of the body. These major energy centers are actually major acupuncture points. Acupressure energy points for the brain, eyes, forehead, mouth, ovaries, parotid, temples and testes congregate around the area of the ear affected by pressure from the exercise. In addition, the finger pads used in the exercise stimulate neuropathways into the brain by activating acupuncture points on the earlobes. According to Dr. Jones after doing the exercise, the EEG scan shows the right and left hemispheres of the brain synchronize.
The Superbrain Yoga exercise, when done correctly, helps the energy trapped in the lower energy centers move up through the physical body’s other major centers. As the energy moves up, it passes through the practitioner’s heart center and fills it with feelings of calm and inner peace. When the energy moves up further into the throat and up higher, the practitioner’s intelligence and creativity are improved. Other benefits include regulation of the sex drive which is especially important for teenagers.
We are a culture accustomed to exercising to get fit, with the power of the Supebrain Yoga squat we can now get smart while exercising too! Prolonged practice of the Superbrain Yoga makes the practitioner, in general, smarter and more psychologically balanced.
How to Energize and Active the Brain?
To ensure you achieve maximum benefits:
1. Face East. For old people, face North.
2. Remove any jewelry and connect your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Leave it there throughout the exercise.
3. Take your left hand, cross your upper body to hold of your right earlobe with thumb and forefinger. Make sure that the thumb is in front.
4. Now take your right hand across your upper body to hold of your left earlobe. Again, make sure that the thumb is in front. At this point you’re pressing both earlobes simultaneously. Make sure your left arm is close to your chest and inside your right arm.
5. Inhale through your nose and slowly squat down to the ground.
6. Hold your breath and exhale as you start making your way back up to a standing position.
7. Repeat this squatting action 14 times. Remember to keep holding your earlobes and to keep your tongue touching the roof of your mouth throughout the entire exercise.
When to expect the results?
To maximize the benefits of this practice, make it a fun daily habit with your child when getting ready for school or even after school when they need a re-charge. For teenagers, the best way is to lead by example and also make the first 30-days a together practice (proven by first-hand experience). You will start to see results in the first three months of daily repetition, in seven months your child will improve their cognitive abilities (and average in school) by 20 – 35% but by that time what once was just an exercise will become a great habit you’d want to keep all your life and one that will ensure your next generations grow up healthy and smart.
About the Author
Ana Prana is a mind/body/soul educator, Pranic Healer and a home-made farmer. Inspired by her and her family’s own healing experience her recent focus is on bringing Gen Y up to speed on the benefits of SuperBrain yoga and educating women on the benefits of self-healing for their personal & their family benefit. Empowerment is an important concept for Ana and her mission is to pass her knowledge onto others to use in their daily lives. Ana helps people through issues such as emotional, physical, mental and business related. “I work with people to help them see how they can become their own healers so that they never feel disempowered again”.
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