Breathing Techniques to Improve your Brainpower - The Crossed Squat

So often in life it is the simplest ideas that can be the most powerful, the smallest of changes that can lead to the most dramatic results. I am always amazed at how doing something as simple as changing your pattern of breathing can have remarkable effects on the body and mind.

Just by breathing slower and more deeply you will start to feel more relaxed. Or by pushing the air of your lungs out in a series of quick sharp breaths will make you feel more focused and energised.

These are 2 very basic ways to change your body chemistry and state of mind simply by altering your breathing and I hope they are obvious (if not give them a try) however there is another simple breathing technique that build on the same principles but can produce far more amazing results.

The technique originates from traditional Hindu and QiGong practices and in recent times has appeared on CBS News as a potential treatment for autistic children and suffers of Alzheimers, with the support from doctors, neurobiologists and therapists.

However the technique doesn't just apply to those with mental conditions, but rather it seems to work for everyone, improving memory, focus and mental clarity even in perfectly able minds.

The Crossed Squat Breathing Technique

• Stand with your feet about shoulder distance apart, toes pointing forward.

• Hold your right ear lobe between your left thumb and finger (I know this sounds strange but just go with it)

• Hold your left ear lobe between your right thumb and finger. You should now be holding both earlobes with your arms crossed over your chest .

• Squat down by bending your knees and lowering your body toward the floor, breathe in while doing this.

• Go as low as you can comfortably manage and then raise yourself back to a standing position, breathing out as you raise yourself back up.

• Repeat this squat motion for 1 to 3 minutes while continuing to hold your earlobes, and making sure your breathing is synchronised with the squatting movement, breath in on the way down and out on the way back up.

If you're fit enough go for 3 minutes each day. If that feels like too much at first, start with one minute and slowly build the time up.

How does this work?

Dr Ang , a neurobiologist at Yale, showed that the images from an EEG (electroencephalography) after doing this exercise indicate the right and left hemispheres of the brain had become synchronized.

Synchronizing the hemispheres of your brain is associated with improved functioning across a whole range of mental skills.

This simple technique will only takes 3 minutes of your day to test out, so give it a go for a week and see if you can feel the difference.

 

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