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memory enhancement by yoga Meditation

Your brain plays a phenomenal role in carrying out daily tasks. Your ability to respond, comprehend, perceive and function well is related to the health of your brain.There are many yogic techniques that stimulate the brain and nervous system to improve memory and concentration. Dhayana, the sixth limb of yoga, is a state of focused attention used during asana, pranayama and meditation. Dhayana trains the mind to become clear, focused and one-pointed. Yoga is a science that harnesses the innate capability of the body to improve its powers and functioning. It can act as an instant cognitive boost. It helps relieve stress, which enhances the operation of the brain. Also, breathing through the left nostril activates the right brain and vice versa. 
Best Asana for brain

1-Padmasana (lotus pose)

get into a seated position and sit cross-legged, by placing your right foot onto your left thighs  and your left foot onto your right thighs, with the soles of your feet pointing upwards. Keep your hands in gyan mudra position, with your index finger and thumb together and extend the rest of your fingers downwards. Inhale deeply and exhale.

2.Paschimottanasana (seated forward bend)

Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you, with the tops of your thighs pressed into the floor as far as you can. Breathe in as you lean forward from your hips and extend your arms and reach as far forward as you can. Then exhale when you’ve stretched out completely. Place on your hands on the sides or on the soles of your feet


3. Halasana (plow pose)

Lie flat on your back with your arms and palms facing downwards and flat on the ground. Use your abdominal muscles and the help of your hands with them on your hips to raise your legs. Sweep them over your head till your toes touch the floor above your head in this lying down position. Inhale while you do so. Hold this position for a few seconds before bringing your legs back to its original position. 

4.Tadasana(Mountain pose)

From a standing position, bring the feet Lift up the toes, spread them wide and place them back on the floor. Feel your weight evenly balanced through the bottom of each foot, not leaning forward or back.Inhale and lift out of the waist, pressing the crown of the head up towards the ceiling, feeling the spine long and straight. Exhale and drop the shoulders down and back as you reach the fingertips towards the floor.

5. Padangusthasana or big toe pose

Stand straight with your feet at least 6 inches apart and legs straight.Keeping your legs straight, bend forward and touch your forehead to your knees. Try to move your torso and head together.
Straighten and bend back in cycles, but holding your toes all the time. Increase the torso stretch with every instance of stretching.

6. Vrikshasana Tree stand pose 

Stand erect. Keep the feet together.Fold the right leg and placed it at the top of left thighs with the toes of right leg should pointed downwards.The right leg should perpendicular to the left leg.Extend your arms above your head.Inhale and try to make Namaskar mudra with your palms.Balance the pose as long as you can because balancing is utmost important in Tree pose.Try to make your spine straight and feel the stretching from toes to fingers.With deep exhale bring your arms and leg down.Repeat the same with left leg. It completes one round.Do three-five rounds.

7. Sirsasana (headstand)

interlock the fingers, palms forming a cup. Place the head on the formed cup so that the crown of the head touches the palms. Raise the knees from the floor by pulling the toes towards the head. Slowly raise your legs upwards from the floor. After the body gets properly balanced in this position, gradually and slowly straighten the legs.Take care that you maintain equilibrium and you don’t fall backwardsMake sure that the spine and thighs are in line, straight and vertical.Relax the whole body as much as possible.Close the eyesBreathe slowly and deeply.This is the final pose of sirsasana. Stay in the final pose for a comfortable length of time.  Come back by flexing the knees and sliding them down to the floor in reverse order.

8.Best Pranayam for brain


Bhramari Pranayama Or Humming Bee Breathing

The humming bee breathing can improve your memory as well as concentration. It can help release any negative emotions from your mind and calm you down as well. Perform this pose every day to experience the calmness associated with the humming sound vibrations. You can also use this as an antidote to stress or fatigue.
Find a quiet, airy spot and sit down with your eyes closed. Smile gently.
Notice the sensations your body experiences within and the quietness around you.
Now put your index fingers onto your ears in the cartilage between the ear and cheek.
Inhale deeply. As you exhale, press gently down onto the cartilage.
Keeping it pressed, make a loud bee-like humming sound. Higher pitched sounds work better, but if you are more comfortable with a low pitch that's fine too.
Inhale again and repeat this 3-4 times.

Best way to improve brain and memory enhancement is meditation


Yogic meditation can also help the mind achieve its full potential. It can make you more positive and less stressed. One such meditation that can help you is the calm heart meditation with anjali mudra or salutation pose.
Settle down in a comfortable position on the ground or in a chair, in jnana mudra (with the thumb and index fingers of each hand touching), hands on knees with palms facing upward.
Relax any tension in your body as you feel your spine rise up out of your pelvic region. Let the back of your neck lengthen and your chin rest gently downward.
Focus on the center of your chest and start to chant "Om" as you exhale. It should feel like the sound is emerging from your chest itself.
Feel each progressive "Om" resonate and vibrate more, opening up your heart and washing away stress and tension. Do this repeatedly for a few minutes or as long as you wish. Most people meditate between 10 and 30 minutes.
When you want to end the meditation, bring your hands together in the salutation pose or anjali mudra, palms flat against each other and head bowed.
This technique will ease tensions, wash away anxiety, and calm the mind. It will also help you better manage the emotional ups and downs you experience every day.

Now that you know which asanas and breathing and massage techniques can boost your brain power, learn how to perfect these movements and practices under the guidance of a yoga teacher



THE POWERS OF THE MIND

A man comes; you know he is very learned, his language is beautiful, and he speaks to you by the hour; but he does not make any impression. Another man comes, and he speaks a few words, not well arranged, ungrammatical perhaps; all the same, he makes an immense impression. Many of you have seen that. So it is evident that words alone cannot always produce an impression. Words, even thoughts contribute only one-third of the influence in making an impression, the man, two-thirds. What you call the personal magnetism of the man — that is what goes out and impresses you. 
   
 In our families there are the heads; some of them are successful, others are not. Why? We complain of others in our failures. The moment I am unsuccessful, I say, so-and-so is the cause of the failure. In failure, one does not like to confess one's own faults and weaknesses. Each person tries to hold himself faultless and lay the blame upon somebody or something else, or even on bad luck. When heads of families fail, they should ask themselves, why it is that some persons manage a family so well and others do not. Then you will find that the difference is owing to the man — his presence, his personality. 




Coming to great leaders of mankind, we always find that it was the personality of the man that counted. Now, take all the great authors of the past, the great thinkers. Really speaking, how many thoughts have they thought? Take all the writings that have been left to us by the past leaders of mankind; take each one of their books and appraise them. The real thoughts, new and genuine, that have been thought in this world up to this time, amount to only a handful. Read in their books the thoughts they have left to us. The authors do not appear to be giants to us, and yet we know that they were great giants in their days. What made them so? Not simply the thoughts they thought, neither the books they wrote, nor the speeches they made, it was something else that is now gone, that is their personality. As I have already remarked, the personality of the man is two-thirds, and his intellect, his words, are but one-third. It is the real man, the personality of the man, that runs through us. Our actions are but effects. Actions must come when the man is there; the effect is bound to follow the cause.

The ideal of all education, all training, should be this man-making. But, instead of that, we are always trying to polish up the outside. What use in polishing up the outside when there is no inside? The end and aim of all training is to make the man grow. The man who influences, who throws his magic, as it were, upon his fellow-beings, is a dynamo of power, and when that man is ready, he can do anything and everything he likes; that personality put upon anything will make it work.

Now, we see that though this is a fact, no physical laws that we know of will explain this. How can we explain it by chemical and physical knowledge? How much of oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, how many molecules in different positions, and how many cells, etc., etc. can explain this mysterious personality? And we still see, it is a fact, and not only that, it is the real man; and it is that man that lives and moves and works, it is that man that influences, moves his fellow-beings, and passes out, and his intellect and books and works are but traces left behind. Think of this. Compare the great teachers of religion with the great philosophers. The philosophers scarcely influenced anybody's inner man, and yet they wrote most marvelous books. The religious teachers, on the other hand, moved countries in their lifetime. The difference was made by personality. In the philosopher it is a faint personality that influences; in the great prophets it is tremendous. In the former we touch the intellect, in the latter we touch life. In the one case, it is simply a chemical process, putting certain chemical ingredients together which may gradually combine and under proper circumstances bring out a flash of light or may fail. In the other, it is like a torch that goes round quickly, lighting others.



The science of Yoga claims that it has discovered the laws which develop this personality, and by proper attention to those laws and methods, each one can grow and strengthen his personality 


they came to certain remarkable conclusions; that is, they made a science of it. They found out that all these, though extraordinary, are also natural; there is nothing supernatural. They are under laws just the same as any other physical phenomenon. It is not a freak of nature that a man is born with such powers. They can be systematically studied, practiced, and acquired. This science they call the science of Râja-Yoga.   



words from-

swami vivekananda


THE POWERS OF THE MIND

(Delivered at Los Angeles, California, January 8, 1900 )