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5 Yoga asanas to improve focus and balance: Study

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Yoga asanas: An asana is a body posture, originally and still a general term for a sitting meditation pose, and later extended in hatha yoga and modern yoga as exercise, to any type of position, adding reclining, standing, inverted, twisting, and balancing poses.

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Yoga is way more than just an exercise and it’s increasing popularity across the world is a blessing indeed. Yoga helps you connect with you body and breath flow in a way that can eliminate all ailments and most diseases. It can keep away stress and anxiety and tone down any mental health issues if accompanies with regular meditation.

# Virabhadrasana

Stand straight with your feet hip distance apart. While inhaling, raise both your hands above the head, palms facing each other. Shift all your weight on the right foot. Exhale, point the toes of the left foot and move the left leg backward while lowering your torso forward. Make sure your arms and back leg are in the same line. Try to get into a T-shape. To maintain balance, keep your eyes fixed on the focal point. Take five deep breaths. Exhale and come back to standing position. Repeat with the other leg.

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# Ardhachandrasana

Begin by turning your body forward. Keep your palms under your shoulders and knees straight. If your palms can’t reach the mat, you can use blocks or books under the palms. Keep your eyes between the palms. Shift your weight to your left leg and swing the right leg backwards until it is in line with your hips. Try to keep your left leg straight for more strength. Slowly, once stable, keeping the focus, remove the right hand from the mat and place it gently on the waist. Finally, turn your head so that your gaze is towards the right corner of the mat. Balance for about five breaths before dropping the right foot to the floor and repeating the pose on the other side.

# Vrikshasana

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Begin by standing straight. Lifting your left foot off the floor, begin to transfer your weight to your right foot. Keep your right leg straight but do not lock the knee. Bend your left knee and bring the sole of your left foot high on your inner right thigh. Press your foot into your thigh and your thigh into your leg with equal pressure. Focus your eyes on something that doesn’t move to help you maintain your balance. Take five to 10 breaths, then lower your left foot to the floor and repeat on the other side.

# Salutation Seal

‘Salutation seal’ is the easiest and most convenient one to do at the time of studies. This pose increases your helps escalating concentration. Just sit cross legged and join your palms together. Keep your spine erect and take deep breaths. Take your eyes off your textbooks and shut them for at least two to five minutes. Rid your mind from all worries and see how this pose can help you improve your focus. You may do this for 15 minutes every day in regular intervals.

# Nritya Pose or Natarajasana

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Stand straight on the mat looking forward at a fixed point. Keeping the weight on the left leg, bend the right knee, bend the right leg backward. Grab the right ankle with the right hand. Keep the left leg straight and on the floor. Inhaling, while pulling the right leg towards the head, rotate the right shoulder to point the elbow upwards. Simultaneously, aligning the left hand with the shoulder, raise it forward. Bend the spine and the left arm forward and reach upward. In this posture, take a deep breath for 10-15 seconds and keep the eyes on the focal point in front. While exhaling, move the left hand to the side and leave the right foot on the ground.

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