Forgetting an appointment or a place where we put an object or a phone number can happen to anyone of us. But when this happens again, especially in specific circumstances, it could be an early sign of Alzheimer’s. While it is an age-related disease, there are several cases of patients aged between 35-50 years too. It is, thus, essential to keep our brain healthy and alert to prevent it.
Maintaining one’s intellectual abilities helps protect the brain as one gets older. A healthy lifestyle with a good diet and regular exercise can help in the overall wellbeing of any individual. Yoga is one of the exercise regimes that works on your body as well as mind.
The right yoga poses can enhance cognitive stimulation to exercise your brain and make it faster in its daily tasks. By working on memory certain postures and controlled breathing, we develop new brain cells, reducing the risk of age-related diseases such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Yoga poses to prevent Alzheimer’s disease
- Padmasana – Lotus Pose
- Vajrasana – Diamond Pose
- Ardha Matsyendrasana – Sitting Half Spinal Twist
- Paschimottanasana – Seated Forward Bend
- Halasana – Plow Pose
- Padangusthasana – Big Toe Pose
- Vriksasana – Tree Pose
The following video will give you a detailed tutorial for all the 7 poses. It also explains the right posture to be maintained to avoid injuries or spasms. Practising these yoga poses for brain power and memory can help you improve your concentration and avoid conditions like Alzheimer’s or Dementia.
You can also couple these yoga poses with meditation. It can help to clarify your ideas, work on your memory and maintain a good state of mind, while resting the brain. You can start by downloading a meditation app on your smartphone, or simply take five to ten minutes to focus on yourself and your breathing.
Video Source: Ventuno Yoga/Youtube