My mind is very disturbed and I keep forgetting things and have negative thoughts and unnecessary worries. I also have bad dreams while sleeping. please suggest some yoga poses that will help me.

(May 25, 2012)

Yoga can definitely help with all your complaints. Let’s deal with them one by one. You say your mind is disturbed with worries and negative thoughts. Well, yoga can be a lifesaver on this count. With regular practice of yoga poses and deep breathing exercises, your mind naturally slows down. Anxiety and stress are replaced by calm and peace. The trick here is to be consistent in your practice. Don’t expect miracles with a few random yoga classes here and there. Yoga is a deeply spiritual practice but only if you allow it to be. Poses such as Downward Facing Dog, Child’s Pose, Standing Forward Bend, Half Moon Pose, and Pranayama all help slow down the heart rate and breathing and reduce anxiety and tension.

With regards to yoga and memory, there are specific yoga poses that can help improve concentration and reduce forgetfulness. Poses such as the Shoulder Stand Pose, the Cobra Pose, and Kapalbhati Pranayama can help increase your mental strength. These poses increase the circulation of blood to the brain and help rejuvenate the pineal and pituitary glands. A healthy and active mind then results in an increase in concentration, grasping power, and memory.

You also mention that you suffer from bad dreams. Yoga can help you get better sleep by calming down your mind. Perform yoga stretches such as the Cat-Cow Stretch and Child’s Pose before you go to bed every night to soothe the nervous system, remove the stress of the day, and make sleeping easier.

Submitted by G M on May 25, 2012 at 06:33

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