Superbrain yoga, a no-brainer? Suppose there was a yoga that wouldn’t just give you Deepak’s calm, Gaga’s bod or DDP’s pluck, it would actually make you smarter. No, it’s not math! (Though you may want to brush up on the ‘rithmatic from time to time there.) That’s what this technique called Superbrain Yoga promises, in just 5 minutes a day. We have clearly been wasting our time.
What in the gray matter is Superbrain Yoga? Created by Master Choa Kok Sui, the method is more or less yoga moves and breathing techniques combined with pressing acupressure points to stimulate neuropathways in the brain to synchronize right and left hemispheres. Et voila! We are all Einsteins. Er, kinda.
Check out this CBS video report on SBY where a teacher, a neurobiologist and an occupational therapist all sing the praises of Superbrain Yoga (no fish oil necessary).
Via the Superbrain Yoga website:
Pilot studies on the effects of Superbrain Yoga® on school children include children with disabilities such as ADHD/ADD, developmental and cognitive delays, Down syndrome and specific learning disabilities. Children studied showed significant increase in academic and behavioral performance, greater class participation and improved social skills. In one study, the result of an electroencephalograph showed increased amplitude in the parieto-occipital region of the brain following the Superbrain Yoga®. This indicates increased brain electrical activity following the exercise. More studies on the effects of Superbrain Yoga® are being conducted.
Claims of helping kids with autism, learning disabilities and emotional issues are hefty statements, but we’ve seen the benefits of yoga for kids, and we welcome drug-free therapy alternatives that are turning out positive results. Hey, we’d try it. The moves look kooky, but they can’t be any kookier than kundalini.
If you’re curious and want to learn more there is, of course, a ‘Superbrain Yoga‘ book. If you’re looking for us, we’ll be squeezing our earlobes, breathing and squatting, then probably solving the global climate crisis. Go go gadget brain power!
Has anyone been practicing this?
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In my experience/understanding proper yogic practice results in brain/body balance. I guess this is added bonus with the acupressure thing, but not necessary if one is already properly balanced.
I have practiced and taught superbrain yoga over the last couple of years and found it to be very effective and fun. Students from all backgrounds have benefitted from doing this very old practice.
Many Indian students drew to my attention to their memories of having performed these exercises as punishment in their school days 🙂
The exercises, which incorporate a rhythmic breathing technique with simple linear movement, help to centre the flow of prana in the central column or sushumna – hence the balancing of the two hemispheres and the subesquent feelings of well being and balance which follow. There are many other exercises which do this well too and, this is clearly a simple one which has stood the test of time well and so was incorporated into the educational system for its benefits.
I haven’t worked with any special needs kids for a while, but I know plenty of special needs adults (including me) – we can all benefit from some regular SuperBrain Yoga!!
Love and joy to you all,
Matt Gluck 🙂
Pranasana Yoga in the UK
It’s thopukkaranam, done before temples or murthis of Sri Ganesha as a devotional act (which makes a great deal of sense: the deity associated with learning has the head of the animal associated with memory, which itself has big ears).
I believe it was also traditionally done by pupils who were having difficulties with their studies – originally done to ask Sri Ganesha to boost the kid’s brain, it became a form of punishment as attitudes in education became more punitive and Gradgrindian.
Fascinating to see that there’s brain imaging to support this practice. The Ganesha murthis on my hearth is calling…
wonderful and excellent
Derivatives of the EEG technique include evoked potentials (EP), which involves averaging the EEG activity time-locked to the presentation of a stimulus of some sort (visual, somatosensory, or auditory). Event-related potentials (ERPs) refer to averaged EEG responses that are time-locked to more complex processing of stimuli;**:*
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