How to supercharge your brain
Make like a tortoise and do the bear claw for a cerebral charge
If we could get our fill of coffee through an IV for instant effect, we probably would — especially on a sleepy morning. But being awake isn’t quite the same as being fully functional. Just ask the boss. If LA-based yoga teacher Arezu Kaywanfar and the millions of disciples who swear by its benefits are to be believed, Kundalini yoga could supercharge your brain into action faster than coffee.
Kundalini yoga uses specific angles of the body, along with pranayama to achieve certain goals — including the ‘Wake-up Brain kriya’ that will spark your brain into being alert and active.
In our Yoga series, we evoke the remedies of the ancient practice to solve all manner of modern problems. Actor, certified pilot and co-founder of MobieFit Gul Panag joins forces with Kaywanfar in our ‘How to supercharge your brain’ episode — teaching you three concerted moves. If you’re finding it hard to concentrate, or find yourself scrolling through Instagram blankly while you’re supposed to be working, this range of moves could work like a power bank for your brain.
Follow Panag and Kaywanfar through the tortoise pose, a classic shoulder stand, and finally the kriya that uses the bear claw pose to supercharge your brain. Forget game rooms, we should be asking offices to start building yoga rooms for us to breathe our way to a stress-free lifestyle.
Caution: too much Kundalini yoga might place you in danger of developing ab muscles like Kaywanfar. Proceed only if you’re willing to take that risk
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