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Yoga for students: 7 best exercises to tackle exam stress

ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi
Feb 06, 2023 02:33 PM IST

Children of all ages can benefit from Yoga's assistance for their overall wellness and development on all levels. Here are 7 best Yoga exercises to tackle exam stress, improve memory, concentration and focus in school and make students more productive

The increasing expectation to do well has caused the school-going child a lot of unnecessary stress and the amount of children who experience melancholy, panic attacks or suicidal thoughts is dangerously high. Yoga experts believe that with the divine instrument of Yoga, parents can step in and assist their children in coping with the stress of all these tasks and tests.

Yoga for students: 7 best exercises to tackle exam stress (Photo by THIS IS ZUN on Pexels)

In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Himalayan Siddhaa Akshar, Founder of Akshar Yoga Institutions, Himalaya Yoga Ashrama and World Yoga Organisation, insisted, “Children of all ages can benefit from yoga's assistance for their overall wellness and development on all levels. Memory, concentration, and focus may all be greatly improved in school, making students more productive and qualified for future leadership positions.” He suggested 7 best Yoga poses to tackle exam stress:

1. Kakasana (Crow pose)

Kakasana (Crow pose) (Photo by Himalayan Siddhaa Akshar)

Method: Begin with Samasthithi. Place palms flat. Lean forward so your body weight shifts to your arms. Find balance and lift your feet up.

2. Padmasana

Padmasana or lotus pose of Yoga (Instagram/agora.yoga)

Method: Fold your left knee and put it on top of the right thigh. Similarly do the same thing for your right knee by placing it on top of your left thigh.

3. Padahasthasana

Padahasthasana (Grand Master Akshar)

Method: From a standing position inhale and raise your hands all the way up. Hold your breath for a second or two before you exhale and bend forward at the same time. Your hands should touch your feet and try not to bend your knees while doing this asana

4. Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bending)

Paschimottanasana: Paschimottanasana or seated forward bend pose will work on the nervous system and improve the functioning of the brain by enhancing blood flow. (Pexels)

Method: Start with Dandasana. As you inhale, empty your stomach of air. As you exhale, bend forward at the hips and place your upper body on your lower body. As you exhale, lower your arms and grip your big toes with your fingers. As you try to touch your knees with your nose. As you hold the pose for a while.

5. Sirshasana (Headstand Pose)

Shirshasana or headstand (Photo by Paola Munzi on Unsplash)

Method: Vajrasana is the starting position. Your elbows should be on the ground. Your palms and elbows should form an equilateral triangle. Your crown of your head should be on the floor in front of your palms. Your palms should support the back of your head. You should then walk on your toes towards your head until your back is straight. First, raise your right leg and position it in front of your upper torso. Join your legs and point your toes downward while using your core power to balance and pull your left leg up. As long as it's comfortable, continue to hold the position.

6. Super Brain Yoga

Method: Lift your left arm and place your thumb and index finger on the lobe of your right ear while standing tall and straight with your arms at your sides. Lift your right arm while holding your left earlobe with your thumb in front. Your left arm should be in front of your right arm.

Inhale deeply as you slowly lower yourself to a sitting position. Hold this position for two to three seconds. Then, gently exhale as you raise back up. The cycle is complete; you can repeat it up to 15 times per day.

7. Ganesh Namaskar

Method: Stand tall and straight with your arms by your side. Take your right arm and hold your left earlobe. Keep the right arm over your left arm. With your left arm hold your right earlobe with your thumb and index finger. Your thumb should be in front. Exhale deeply and squat down slowly to a sitting position. Stay in this position for 2-3 seconds. Gently inhale as you rise again. This completes one cycle. You may repeat this cycle about 10-15 times every day.

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