Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Improve Your Brain Energy with an Unsung Ancient Wisdom


The new yoga that improves the brain

Jul 2, 2013, 12.00AM IST TNN[ PARAG MANIAR & Ismat Tahseen ]

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Guess what? If you were punished in school and made to do the uthak-baithak, it might actually have done more than just been an adherent. It might have made you alert and a better think too. For as per a new form of yoga, that which was considered to be a severe punishment in school — where you touch your ears — is actually a simple effective technique to energise and recharge the brain. Yes, the uthak-baithak sazaa where the student was made to cross his hands and hold the ear lobes for any lapse in school is actually the new 'superbrain yoga'- the regimen that synchronises the left and the right side of your brain to give you benefits.

How it helps
Master Choa Kok Sui who presented superbrain yoga to the public, explains how the brain is a 'living battery' and must be recharged so that it can retain memory and intelligence values. His exercise, he says can help this. As per this philosophy, energy connections are generated to energise the brain. The right ear lobe corresponds to the left brain while the left ear lobe corresponds to the right brain. The ears also act as powerful acupuncture pressure points that have a direct connection to the brain. So when the ears are massaged, the energy flows to the brain. Researchers maintain that the technique uses principles of subtle energy and ear acupuncture to increase memory and intelligence and can make one a better thinker. They say that the energy that is generated also balances out the other energies of the throat, heart and forehead.

In addition, reports mention how children with learning disabilities such as Down Syndrome, developmental and cognitive problems like ADHD/ADD reported an increase in performance and became more active in the class. Apparently, pinching the ear lobes has an acupuncture effect that helps.

What experts feel
Holistic guru Mickey Mehta believes this is something everyone should do. "In yoga there are such asanas that help increase brain activity. For instance, we also have something called 'bhamri pranayam', where you hum and that action the increases electro magnetic field in the brain. It activates the ENT and helps people with tinnitus (ringing in the ears). The technique also improves hearing and vision in addition to boosting neuro-activity. It's great for everyone, especially the elderly."

Adds Mumbai-based yoga expert, Shanti Chavan, "In yoga, innumerable techniques and principles have evolved over thousands of years. And in Mumbai, where there is such a high level of stress, yoga needs to be incorporated into the day. This technique fits in as it can be practiced in the office itself. It has calming benefits and helps energise you when you get thrown off balance."

The test
According to reports, in one study, the result of an electroencephalograph showed an increased amplitude in the parieto-occipital region of the brain following the superbrain yoga. It indicated an increased brain electrical activity following the exercise.

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