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7 Yoga Moves to Improve Concentration

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7 Yoga Moves to Improve Concentration

We live in a short attention span society. Between the hours most of us spend in front of the television and the time we spend online, our ability to concentrate is practically under siege on a daily basis.

Yoga is a great way to improve concentration, just by its nature. Working a few of the postures and breathing exercises below into your practice can help boost your power to focus even more!

1. Salutation Seal

This simple breathing exercise is a great way to start your practice. Sitting cross-legged on the floor, bring your hands into prayer position. Try to quiet your mind, focusing instead on inhaling and exhaling deeply while keeping your spine nice and straight. Salutation seal really helps bring focus to the rest of your practice….it’s so centering!

2. Alternate Nostril Breathing

Another breathing exercise, practicing alternate nostril breathing for a couple of minutes can really help clear your mind. Like with salutation seal, you’ll sit cross legged. Hold your right hand with your palm in front of your face, and fold down your pointer and middle fingers. Before you inhale, use your thumb to hold your right nostril closed. Hold onto that breath, then release the right nostril and use your ring finger to hold your left nostril closed as you exhale.

Now, inhale while still holding the left nostril closed, then switch nostrils to exhale. Repeat this cycle for a couple of minutes to focus your mind and clear your head of distracting thoughts.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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6:33AM PST on Nov 14, 2014

This is stretching and relaxation but not Yoga. Real (Hatha) Yoga is all about the Hindu religion.

Swami Param

1:06PM PDT on Oct 17, 2014

Live long and prosper

5:11AM PDT on Jun 3, 2014

The communication between the body and the mind

3:32AM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

2:05AM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

Thank you :)

3:13PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

love yoga. Can't wait til my sciatica goes away so I can start working out again:(

3:37AM PDT on Jul 14, 2013

Merci de ces informations.

1:14PM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

Thank you.

4:23AM PDT on Jun 8, 2013

Thank you :)

4:52PM PDT on May 12, 2013

I can't do reclining hero but I love savasana. Also thanks for the instructions for tree pose. I will try that way as I have diffuculty with balance due to ear problems.

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