The Ganapathy Pose

ASANA WITH VINYASA

An Age-Old ancient Asana to improve mental health and acuity has been going viral on the internet lately. It was featured in a Los Angeles CBS News report that has an MD, a Yale neurobiologist, an occupational therapist, educators, and parents endorsing it. It is a simple routine, and it has created positive results for the healthy, the learning disabled and autistic children as well as older Alzheimer’s victims. And it’s useful for any kind of brain fog or dullness, even emotional instability. It can improve memory and focus, and it’s even made some a little smarter. It seems to work for everyone regardless of mental condition. ( this should be included in the warming down before meditation )

How to Do This Simple Asana with Great benefits.

With your feet pointing straight ahead, spread them apart about shoulder width. Grab your right earlobe with the thumb and finger of your left hand. Cross over your left arm and do the same using your right hand on the left earlobe. Then squat as fully as you can, feet flat on the floor, Breathing in. ( That’s a little counter intuitive, but that’s what you do.) Hold the breath in the Squat  for 3-5 seconds. Then breathe out as you stand still hanging onto the earlobes.

Here the breathing needs to be synchronized with the squats. Continue this motion repetitively while holding both earlobes for one minute. One can go up to five minutes, but three is good enough. This can be done by anyone at any age and should be done on a daily basis until the fog lifts!  Thus the objective of Asana & Pranayama is to stimulate, communicate, regulate and control the vital life-force that exists in the body. The practice of yoga asanas produce a measurable increase in the levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid, an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. .Gamma aminobutyric acid helps induce relaxation and regulate anxiety. It also contributes to motor control, vision, and many other brain functions. Gamma-aminobutyric acid stimulates the anterior pituitary and increasing the levels of the hormone HGH, which contributes significantly to muscle growth, while preventing the creation of fat cells.

How It Works

Physicians say that the brain cells and neurons are energized with this simple asana. (One example of this is a youngster doing poorly in school. After being introduced to the exercise, that child went on to become an A student). According to Yale Neurobiologist Doctors the earlobes grabbed are acupuncture points, a pool of about 3000 nerves that stimulate neural pathways in the brain. The brain’s hemispheres are in opposite sides of the earlobes. Using opposite hands for pinching the earlobes, have a lot to do with the way our subtle energies are arranged. Results from EEG (electroencephalography) readings after doing this exercise indicate the right and left hemispheres of the brain had become synchronized. In modern terms, the brain is actually lateralized. This is an ideal hemispheric arrangement.  Active meditation benefits.

( EEG readings measure the neuron firings in the brain via electrodes on the scalp, and are used to determine brain wave normalcies and abnormalities)

Digging a little deeper into the history, this Asana is used by the Hindus during prayer in front of the Great Lord Ganesh and also as a form of Punishment in Schools.  But without the knowledge of its importance it is just a another form of punishment or exercise. With the veil of ignorance lifted, with knowledge it becomes a tool for meditation , a tool for liberation.