6 Yoga Asanas and Exercises to Improve Blood Supply to the Brain
When we are active, our blood flow is good, and our body is flexible. When we are physically not functioning, our body gets rigid, which causes poor blood circulation throughout the body and eventually to the brain.
Nowadays, people often don’t move their bodies much; we are immobile, sitting in offices all day. We are stressed and have no time for exercise, so our digestion, metabolism, and blood circulation are very slow.
According to Ayurveda, when working, most people just run from one thing to another, and they grab whatever food is available on the run. This combination of the wrong food, no exercise, and lots of stress completely depletes our circulatory system and digestive and metabolic enzymes; it dries out the enzyme secretion in the body, causing illness and poor health.
Insufficient blood circulation to the brain can lead to various mild to severe mental issues.
Healthy blood flow is significant for ideal (brain) cerebrum functions and good mental health. Brain blood flow, or cerebral blood flow, refers to the blood supply that reaches your cerebrum during a given time.
Your brain needs nearly 20% of the blood supply in every heartbeat.
A consistent blood flow brings oxygen, glucose, and nutrients to the brain and carries carbon dioxide, lactic acid, and other metabolic by-products away from the brain. However, mental issues can emerge when blood flow to the brain is hampered.
Poor Cerebral Circulation are connected to various brain and mental illnesses, including:
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Traumatic brain injury
- Lyme disease
- Cognitive dysfunction and brain fog
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Exercise is one of the best and most accessible ways to improve brain blood flow.
Repeating squats, which move blood upward and downward from the head, helps drive blood flow and optimize response. This exercise helps to target brain adaptation in the long term.
Shashankasana (The Hare)
Increases blood flow to the head, which in turn nourishes the eyes as well as all brain functions. It helps to reduce fatigue and improve concentration. Its calming effects can relieve anxiety and depression. This position allows the spine and back muscles to relax and allows the breath to penetrate the back of your lungs. Abdominal breathing massages the digestive tract gently.
Avoid this Asana with high blood pressure, glaucoma or dizziness.
Sumeru Asana (Mount Everest Pose)
It revitalizes the entire body and strengthens arm and leg muscles. It increases blood flow to the head. Balances the body's energy and regulates the circulatory system. This is a great yoga posture for sciatic problems as well.
Avoid this Asana with high blood pressure, dizziness or pain in the wrists.
Yoga Mudra (Forward Bend Sitting on Heels)
Calms the mind and nerves and increases the blood supply to the brain. It also helps to increase concentration and stimulates digestion.
Do not perform this Asana if you have high blood pressure or dizziness.
Bhumi Pada Mastakasana (Feet and Head on Earth Posture)
It increases blood flow to the head, which is good for hearing and eyes. It improves concentration and memory. Asana calms nerves and strengthens neck, back, and leg muscles.
Do not perform this Asana if you have a migraine, high blood pressure, dizziness, or other cerebrovascular disorder.
It is no secret by simply walking, you can improve not just your physical health but also your mental health. Multiple research shows that brisk walking for 30 minutes of the day can help you revive your mind and lift your mood.
Walking can help to boost a person's immune cell production and blood circulation to the brain, which means greater protection from mental illnesses related to poor cerebral blood flow.
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Author of the Blog: Dr.Ronak Naik
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd.