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Pre-exam Stress Busters

It’s that time of the year when students start preparing for their exams. The levels of stress can take a toll on the health of not just children, but parents too. One way to reduce this stress is by performing simple yoga mudras with your children.

Yoga helps kids relax their overworked minds and concentrate on their studies. Specific yoga mudras can also enhance memory. Teach these recommended asanas to your kids and use them to get rid of your own pre-exam jitters!

Pranayama: This asana helps you relax. All you need to do is sit down on a chair with your spine completely straight. Close your eyes and begin to take in air and exhale slowly. Your breathing cannot be superficial—you need to breathe in and fill your lungs with air and then exhale out.

Bhramari Pranayama: Sit straight and relax your body. Close your eyes and use your thumbs to close your ears. The index fingers of both your hands must be placed on top of the eyebrows, then use your second finger on both hands to close your eyes, the ring fingers on the sides of your nose and the little fingers at the corners of your lips. With the help of all your fingers, apply pressure to these points very softly. Now breathe like you would in pranayama. You will hear a long humming sound and will also feel the vibration on your face.

Grivasana (Neck Pose): Sit with your arms straight and the shoulders static. Then slowly roll your head to your right. The right ear should fall just above the right shoulder. Get back to your initial position and drop your head backwards. Repeat the movements as your left ear falls on the left shoulder. Now let your head fall to the front. This relaxes the neck and shoulder muscles and you feel relaxed.

Did You Know?
The word ‘yoga’ has been derived from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’, which means ‘to join or unite’. There is still no accurate information about yoga’s origins. According to some, it originated around 500BC, during the time of Gautam Buddha. 

To discover more yoga asanas that you can do with your kids, log on to the Yoga & Fitness section of RobinAge.com

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