An overtaxed nervous system can affect almost all aspects of normal bodily function. Yoga helps to enhance the overall performance of the nervous system by positively impacting the functioning of both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. There are numerous yoga postures including Legs Up The Wall Pose, Reclining Hero Pose and Downward Facing Dog Pose which helps to strengthen the nervous system. Read on to discover more about the specific yoga poses which help to stimulate the nervous system.
Here are 7 Best Yoga Poses To Stimulate The Nervous System
Legs Up The Wall Pose
Legs up the Wall Pose helps to enhance the functioning of the nervous system. This inversion posture deeply nourishes the nervous system as well. Individuals who suffer from nervous disorders should practice this restorative yoga pose regularly. Place a wooden brick flush against the wall. Place a bolster against the brick. Sit sideways on the bolster. Your right / left hip should touch the wall. Swing the legs up (one at a time), so that they are against the wall and perpendicular to the floor. Now, lean back till your shoulders and head touch the floor. Keep hands along the sides of your body, palms open and facing the ceiling. Maintain this pose for five to ten minutes.
Supported Bridge Pose
Supported Bridge Pose reduces nervous exhaustion. This particular yoga pose enhances the functioning of the parasympathetic nervous system. In short, Supported Bridge Pose synchronizes the function of the nervous and endocrine system. Lie flat on your back on the floor / yoga mat. Bend your knees and bring your feet close to the butocks. Pressurizing your feet, gently raise your hips off the floor. Place a wooden brick vertically under the tail bone. Now straighten your legs slowly, one at a time. Interlock your fingers behind the brick. Close your eyes and maintain this posture for five to seven minutes.
Reclining Hero Pose
Reclining Hero Pose is one of the best yoga postures to fortify and stimulate the various components of the nervous system. Reclining Hero Pose is especially beneficial to help strengthen the parasympathetic nervous system. Kneel on the floor / yoga mat. Ensure that the thighs are parallel to each other and the knees are together. Lower the buttocks and sit firmly between the feet. Lengthen the trunk and place the palms on the feet. Now gently recline the trunk till the shoulders and head touch the floor. Lift chest up and place the hands (palms facing ceiling) along the sides of the body. Maintain this pose for two to three minutes.
Downward Facing Dog Pose
Downward Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana) is a mild inversion posture that helps to strengthen and build the nervous system. This rejuvenating posture gently stimulates the nervous system and thereby enhances its functioning. To achieve this pose, you can start by standing tall with the feet together. Now, spread the feet hip width apart. Bend your knees and place the palms on the floor in front of you. The hands should be placed shoulder width apart. Now take the feet back by about four feet. The hips should face the ceiling and the body should resemble an inverted ‘V’. Straighten the elbows (elbows should be in line with the ears). Lift the shoulders further up, while pushing the head back. Maintain this pose for twenty to thirty seconds.
Half Shoulder Stand
Half Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvangasana) improves blood circulation and rejuvenates the nervous system. This particular pose boosts the function of the parasympathetic nervous system. Lie on the floor / yoga mat. Ensure that the head is supported by two or three thick yoga blankets which are folded to form a thick pile. The shoulders should be about one palm distance from the edge of the yoga blanket. Now bend the knees towards the stomach. With an exhalation lift the legs up one at a time towards the ceiling. Toes should point upwards. Support the back with your hands. Ensure that the shoulder does not drop down. Hold pose for three to five minutes. With a deep exhalation gently lower the feet to the ground one at a time.
Reclining Hand To Big Toe Pose
Reclining Hand To Big Toe Pose (Supta Padangusthasana), is a simple yet wonderful yoga pose that aids in boosting the general function of the nervous system. By soothing the nervous system Reclining Hand To Big Toe pose promotes deep relaxation as well. Lie down flat on your back. Bend your knees and catch the big toe with your thumb and index finger. Gently straighten your legs so that it is at a ninety degree angle to the floor. Ensure that the other leg does not lift off the floor. Hold this pose for twenty to thirty seconds. Release pose and repeat on other side.
Seated Mountain Pose
Seated Mountain Pose (Parvatasana) is a simple yoga pose which calms the body and soothes the nervous system. The seated mountain is beneficial for both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. Sit cross legged on the floor. With a deep exhalation raise your hands up, palms should face each other. Press palms together in prayer pose. Hold pose for three to five minutes.