How Yoga Stimulate Your Nervous System

By Subodh / February 22, 2015

Inclusion of yoga in your daily life is known to gift you with myriad of benefits, physically, mentally, and spiritually. One of the most noticeable goodness is its potential to stimulate, fortify, and enhance the nervous system, thereby offering you an opportunity to embrace all the situations of your life with utmost ease. According to Yoga Journal, practicing various inversions, restorative yoga poses along with breathing techniques can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, in turn, evoking better stress handling potential and deeper relaxation.

Here are a handful of yoga poses that you can practice daily to stimulate your nervous system.

Yoga For Nervous System

1. Balasana – Child’s Pose

Leave behind all your worries and relax yourself with this pose. The blood gushes into the brain, stimulating your nervous system, and putting you at complete ease.

Balasana – Child Pose

How to do:

  1. Sit down on the mat, knees bent, buttocks resting on your heels. Keep the spine erect, while head and neck are straight, yet relaxed.
  2. Separate the knees apart creating space for your torso to rest in between the thighs.
  3. Inhale and lift your hands over the head.
  4. As you exhale, bend forward from the waist, simultaneously bringing your hand along with you.
  5. Place the hands on either side of you, elbows resting on the ground, and palms on the floor.
  6. Let your torso rest in between the thighs, while forehead rests in front of you on the mat.
  7. Breathing deeply, hold the posture for 10 deep breaths.
  8. Inhale and lift your torso and hands off the ground and come back into starting position.
  9. Exhale and stretch out your legs, shake out, and relax.

2. Viparita Karani – Legs Up The Wall Pose

Many people have a tendency to define this as Sarvangasana, the shoulder stand, which is quite different from this posture, but offers similar benefits. Being an inversion posture that is performed with the support of the wall, it helps in an improved blood flow, helping you unwind and rejuvenate.

Viparita Karani – Legs Up The Wall Pose

How to do:

  1. Lie down on the mat with your back resting on the mat. Keep your back straight, while shoulders and neck are relaxed.
  2. Spread out your hands at shoulder level.
  3. Inhale and lift your legs, one at a time, and let them rest on the wall. Let the legs make a perpendicular line with your body. If you are finding it difficult to maintain this angle. Place a folded blanket beneath your hips for additional support.
  4. Let the palms be gazing at the ceiling.
  5. Close the eyes and breathing deeply, hold the posture till you are completely relaxed.
  6. To exit the pose, swing your legs gently towards your right.
  7. Turn to your right and supporting yourself with the palms, sit upright.

3. Ardha Matsyendrasana – Half Lord of The Fishes Pose – Seated Spinal Twist

A twisting seated pose, it is known to be beneficial for improving your circulation levels and easing the stress and depression. An energy bestowing delight, it comes with various making it practicable for everyone.

Ardha Matsyendrasana

How to do:

  1. Sit on the yoga mat, spine erect, both legs extended in front of you.
  2. Keeping the right leg stretched, cross the left foot over right thigh, allowing the sole to rest on the floor firmly. Keep the toes of your right foot flexed.
  3. Make sure that your sit bones are resting on the mat.
  4. Pressing your left knee towards your chest, take a deep inhalation, and elongate your body from spine through neck.
  5. Exhale and twist the torso to the left, moving the left knee towards right armpit.
  6. Place the left palm on the floor behind you.
  7. Bring your right hand outside your left knee and grab your left ankle or calf.
  8. Twist you head to the left and breathing deeply, hold the pose for 7 deep breaths.
  9. To exit, release the hands and stretch out the legs.
  10. Repeat the same with other side.

4. Surya Bhedi Pranayama – Right Nostril Breathing

This form of yogic breathing stimulates the nerves and energizes you. It is also beneficial for easing anxiety, stress, depression, and other such conditions and for revitalizing and rejuvenation.

Pranayama

How to do

  1. Sit down on the yoga mat in a cross legged posture of your comfort. Sukhasana would be the most advisable one.
  2. Keep your spine erect while navel is sucked in towards the spine.
  3. Keep the neck and head aligned with the spine.
  4. Close the eyes and focus on the space in between your eyebrows.
  5. Let the hands rest comfortably on your thighs, folded into Gyan mudra.
  6. Lift your right hand and shape it into Pranayama mudra. Use the ring finger to close your left nostril while middle and index fingers and folded inward touching the middle of the palm. The thumb will be used to close the right nostril and little finger will be stretched out.
  7. Close the left nostril with the right ring finger.
  8. Take a deep inhalation via the right nostril for a count of 4.
  9. Close the right nostril with your thumb.
  10. Open the left nostril and exhale completely in a slow way.
  11. Close the left nostril and open the right nostril for inhalation.

Do 2 sets of 15 rounds each and you will be energized.

Practice these yoga asanas and breathing technique every morning within moments of waking up. You will really be astonished to see how fresh and rejuvenated you feel.