What part of ‘aging’ are many people most afraid of? They are afraid of losing their brain power. In addition to smart lifestyle choices that will reduce brain inflammation, here is an intriguing and simple exercise that could prevent brain decline. I’m willing to try it!
I pay close attention when I see a concept pop up in different contexts. I assume that it is not a coincidence and that if it applies in more than one arena, my skepticism is over-come and I believe that the concept holds at least some truth that could be useful to me and my patients.
That is what happened when I came across Master Choa Kok Sui’s ‘Super Brain Yoga’ on Facebook. I thought to myself – this looks a lot like Brain Gym™. I was introduced to Brain Gym™ about 15 years ago by my sister who learned about it at a teacher conference. But since then, I have seen what I will call ‘body crossing techniques’ in other places as well – such as Integrative Body Psychotherapy.
Brain Gym™ was created by two educator reading specialists. Super Brain Yoga was created by Master Choa Kok Sui and is described as a pranic healing method. Integrative Body Psychotherapy was developed and evolved by psychotherapists. They all have independently discovered the usefulness of body crossing exercises to achieve the results they want.
This technique seems to use a number of physiological channels to produce its benefits: improving circulation through movement, rewiring the bilateral aspects of the brain, involving breath work and stimulating acupuncture points.
I think it is worth a try to see if this simple exercise can improve your brain power.
Here are the steps:
1. Hold your right earlobe with your left hand. Do this first so that your left arm is on the inside.
2. Hold your left earlobe with your right hand. Right arm over left.
3. Do a squat, inhaling on the way down and then exhaling on the way back up. Be very careful that you don’t go down too far or lean over too much. It may be more difficult to do with your arms in this position so go easy on your knees.
4. Do this exercise for 1 – 5 minutes daily.
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