You probably already run a version of yoga in your community. But, have you ever tried brain yoga? It’s a great way to challenge your residents to move their body while stimulating their brain to help improve their motor abilities and hand-eye coordination. You can do it anywhere and no equipment is needed! Lead your residents through different movements with their bodies that make them think. Here’s an example of what you might like to try:
Here is an example step-by-step procedure for practicing brain yoga:
Cross Crawl Exercise:
a. Lift your right arm and touch your left knee by bringing it up towards your chest.
b. Return your right arm to the starting position and simultaneously lift your left arm, touching it to your right knee.
c. Continue to alternate arms and knees in a cross-crawl pattern, as if you are marching in place.
d. Perform this exercise for 1-2 minutes, maintaining a steady rhythm and breathing naturally.
a. Place your fingertips on the center of your chest, just below the collarbone.
b. Using a gentle tapping motion, tap the thymus area while taking slow and deep breaths.
c. Continue tapping for about 1-2 minutes, focusing on your breath and the sensation in your chest.
Superbrain Yoga Exercise:
a. Begin by placing your tongue on the roof of your mouth, just behind your teeth, throughout the exercise.
b. Extend your arms straight out in front of you, parallel to the ground.
c. Cross your right arm over your left arm so that your right hand is near your left shoulder, and your left hand is near your right shoulder.
d. Inhale deeply as you squat down, keeping your back straight and your heels on the ground.
e. Exhale as you stand up, straightening your legs and simultaneously uncrossing your arms.
f. Repeat this squatting and standing movement with controlled breathing for about 10-15 repetitions.
4. Relaxation and Reflection: After completing the brain yoga exercises, take a few moments to relax and reflect. Close your eyes, take deep breaths, and allow yourself to experience a sense of calm and mental clarity.
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