by extramarks - Academics - June 21, 2019 Yoga In. Stress Out. Balance. It is a word you must have come across so many times. Sometimes from your parents who advise you to “balance” your academics and co-curricular activities and sometimes from your teachers who tell you to “balance” all your subjects. But, while balancing all this, do you often end up losing your mental balance? Well, don’t panic. We are here to help you balance your act. There are many studies that highlight the need for introducing yoga in the lives of students to boost their attention span and focus. Here are a few yoga postures that can prove to be beneficial for you – 1. The Chair Pose: In today’s day and age, students sit for hours at a stretch while studying. The human body, however, is not designed to sit as much as they do. It is very important for the body that it gets some movement/exercise for better blood circulation at short intervals. This Chair Pose, therefore, is recommended by physiologists to maintain an active and healthy body. How to perform this? Just imagine that you are sitting on a chair. As you bend your knees, raise your arms over your head, with your palms facing each other. Take 5-10 deep breaths and then stand up straight. You can repeat this exercise three times in a row. 2. The Trataka Asana: While smartphones, tablets, and computers have become hugely productive tools in modern times, excessive use of these devices can strain our eyes. It is, hence, important to give our eyes some rest so that our eye muscles keep functioning properly. The Trataka asana will improve your concentration and vision, helping you to focus better at any task at hand. How to perform this? Sit down comfortably and place an object about two feet from where you are sitting. Now keep looking at it without blinking. Look as long as you can; the longer you do, the better. 3. The Anulom-Vilom Pranayama: The air we breathe in is suffused with microscopic pollutants that slip past our body’s defenses. It penetrates our respiratory and circulatory system, damaging our lungs, heart, and brain. So, it is vital for us to get our daily dose of fresh air in abundance. This 5-minute exercise will improve your immune system and fight mental problems like depression, anxiety, stress, and tension. How to perform this? Use your right hand’s thumb to close your right nostril and inhale through your left nostril. When you feel your lungs are full of air, close your left nostril with your right hand’s ring finger. Then exhale through your right nostril. Repeat this exercise by reversing the order and inhaling through your right nostril and then exhaling through your left nostril. 4. The Eagle Arms Pose: Last but not least, here’s a fun yoga pose you can perform with your friends. Challenge your friends and see who has the most control over their body. This pose will help balance your body, strengthen the muscles of your legs and cultivate focus. How to perform this? Bend your knees slightly, lift your left foot and balance it on your right foot as you cross your left thigh over the right. Cross your arms in front of your torso so that the right arm is above the left and then bend your elbows. Now, hook one hand over the other so that your palms are facing each other. Stay in this pose for 15 to 30 seconds and then slowly unwind your legs and arms. This International Yoga day, take a pledge to make yoga a part of your daily routine for a healthier lifestyle. You’ll see stress fade away in no time and gain energy, positivity, and focus to face any challenge that comes your way.