It has been a crazy summer. My family visited for 2 weeks. We had fun in the river and making kimchi (Korean pickled cabbage) and dim sum (Japanese fried dumplings), a family tradition dating back to my childhood.
Another hot summer is just about past. Many of us have been seeking the coolness of being inside. Unfortunately, the war continues and politics are still messy. Yoga and meditation are nice refuges. Smiling and being mindful help as well.
We've been practicing “Super Brain Yoga” and "Mindfulness" in our class. I've included some examples and links to both subjects below. The poses have added a little diversity to our routines and helped us giggle just a little more.
There's a lot of information out there about the brain. We learn more about it each day. As usual, some is accurate and some is merely opinion. It's hard to tell the difference. A lot of the information is based on anecdotal evidence and is controversial. More research is needed for sure. This is what we know. The brain is plastic and can change. Yoga stimulates the vagus nerve and helps with the uptake of certain neuro-chemicals that help us relax, focus, and feel good. Deep breathing moves us from the fight/flight area of the brain to the thinking area of the brain. Relaxation and focus help one with memory and make more intentional choices. I've been reading about “Super Brain Yoga.” There are some great videos on the subject on YouTube. We've been practicing some of the poses in class. Here are some links to some superbrain poses and meditation research.
Super Brain - A Simple Exercise to Boost Your Mental health
The promise of meditation for the heart and mind
Meditation resumes in September. As an experiment, the group will meet on Tuesdays from 6:40 – 7:00 pm. Or as soon as we can get it together after yoga. That way, the nervous system is all ready for meditation.
Take a short walk outside or inside. Be aware of how your legs are moving and your feet touching the floor. Do this for a minute or so. How does your body feel as you move? How do the bottoms of your feet feel?
For more about Mindfulness click
Here for the Mayo Clinic and Here for a Mindfulness website
Also known as “Super Brain Yoga." It boosts electrical activity in your brain. The original pose was a dedication to Ganasha, the Indian God that removes blockages.
- Put your left thumb on right ear
- Pinch your earlobe with your thumb, index and middle fingers. Thumb is on the front
- Then your right thumb and fingers on the left
- Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth, right behind your teeth
- Inhale as you move to chair pose or squat
- Exhale as you stand up, repeat at least 14 -21 times