Yoga unites your mind, action, and speech. We call it balancing mannkarma, and vichar in Sanskrit. Once this is achieved, your mind gets centered on one object, leading to better memory. In general, meditation helps to calm the mind, releasing stress and making it easier for it to focus on one thing.

For a quick way to increase your concentration power in a short period of time, perform Nadishodhan Pranayama using a specific breathing pattern to maximize brain power.

First close right nostril breath in little by little for 7 counts, hold the breath for one count, and breathe out little by little through the opposite nostril for 7 counts in the same way.

woman doing nadi shodhan pranayama

In addition, pranayama also provides experience of higher reality and higher dimensions. Now, close the left nostril and open the right nostril repeat same breathing pattern. This practice increases a person’s ability to retain information. The practice of pranayama also aids in the awareness of higher dimensions and higher realities.

You can think of prana as life energy that circulates within and around the body that determines the quality of our health. Yoga practice activates and awakens the dormant centers and capacities of the evolving brain. As a result of pranayama, one is able to consciously generate more pranic (life source) energy which can then be channeled into the higher centers of the brain as a result of enhancing one’s ability to connect one to a higher reality and higher dimension of life.

How Does Pranayama Practice Increase Your IQ?

All organs, including your brain, need an abundant supply of oxygen. Yogic breathing techniques (Pranayama), and especially deep breathing techniques, boost the supply of oxygen to your brain, improving concentration and memory.

The purpose of Pranayama is to regulate the flow of energy into the body and mind. Life is made up of prana, and Pranayama is how it manifests. There are various dimensions of breathing. A gross dimension is when the air directly enters the lungs, while subtle dimensions are similarly air travel through the brain in subtle spheres. As a matter of fact, science has proven that when one breathes, he is also breathing through his brain.


According to Ancient scripts, prana has the ability to penetrate in many dimensions of spheres. The brain is part of pranayama when one practices it, not just the lungs. Yet only practicing a little amount of pranayama does not stimulate the brain with pranic energy. This is because the process of supplying prana and nourishing the brain is complex. Because the brain is subtle and may only be enhanced by subtle prana, and not in its gross form, therefore, in pranayama practices, prana must be transformed into subtle force. Deep breathing is not sufficient to enhance prana. Deep breathing stimulates lungs and increases blood flow, but rarely affects the brain. Pranayama performed with focus change the brain waves considerably which boosts the limbic system.

Breathing is one of the most essential functions of the body, besides directly affecting the nervous system and brain, breathing affects the hypothalamus, the part of the brain associated with emotions. In addition, there are also specific areas of nasal mucous membrane in link with the visceral organs. When irregular breathing takes place, the nasal impulses are erratic, the visceral organs, especially the liver and heart react abnormally.  In the same way, the visceral organs, particularly those attached to the coccygeal plexus, respond to irregular rhythmic nasal impulses by sending irregular impulses back to the brain causing confusion.

When one practices pranayama, one learns to become aware of the nature of the breath and repress it, allowing for a calming of the body’s nervous system and co-ordination of brainwave patterns which brings about mental clarity and calm.

Asanas For To Heal Your Brain

In addition to pranayamas, asanas also relieve stress, hypertension and clear the mind with confusion and un-wanted thoughts. As Yoga purifies the mind by flushing out all the garbage we’ve accumulated, you’ll feel like you’re able to concentrate better and you may even notice how your memory has improved.

Yoga instils calmness and patience and gives sense organs a sense of control. Few yogic postures such as crane pose, lotus pose, fish pose, hero pose, shoulder stand pose and head stand pose also relax body and mind by boosting gray matter in the brain.

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