A 2013 study by researchers at Wayne State University in Detroit, USA found that a single session of Hatha yoga significantly improved a person's speed and accuracy when tested on their working memory and concentration. "With just 20 minutes of Yoga everyday - students can keep the pressure & tension at bay and get the marks they deserve." Deepti Bhandari
Here are some important yoga practices that yoga gurus have been teaching their disciples for centuries to help increase their focus & concentration which will serve teens well during the stressful exam period (and maybe for the rest of their lives):
Energizing yoga poses:
Stress relieving yoga poses:
Breathing exercise: You can do this exercise sitting or lying down. Perhaps even just taking a few moments during your revision. On your inhale quietly count to the number 7, and on the exhale quietly count to the number 11. This way you make your exhales longer than your inhale, which helps your nervous system to relax. By focusing on the sensations of your breath in your body you can also gain some space from stressful thoughts or feelings.
Visualization: We all have a place that we like to go for calm and comfort. Sometimes that place exists only as a memory. But it is a place that we can always visit in our mind. Take a few minutes to imagine that you are in that place. Try and evoke all of your senses. What do you smell? Hear? Feel? Really try to go to that place and allow your body an escape from stress.
We hope this guide was helpful and that it makes the exams season a bit less painful. Remember that stress only exists if you allow it to, and with the right tools, you can overcome it!
Just go in there and remember you are fantastic! Xx