5 Yoga Poses That Can Relieve Mental Fogginess
Ugh, where did I leave my keys? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there – a bit of mental fogginess happens to everyone from time to time. Stress, hectic lifestyles, and fatigue can make it all too easy to lose track or forget important things, or just contribute to an overall sense of “brain fog”.
However, focusing on the stress of mental fogginess only makes you feel more stressed – so how do you stop this cycle? Here’s one thing that always works for us: yoga! Believe it not, there are actually plenty of yoga poses that can relieve mental fogginess, helping you feel more focused and alert. If you’ve been wondering “How do I clear my mind and reduce brain fog?”, wonder no more – read on for some yoga poses that can help.
This seated yoga pose is also known as diamond or thunderbolt pose, and involves kneeling on the floor then sitting back onto your heels as your thighs rest on your calves. You’ll then place your hands on your thighs and look straight ahead, breathing slowly.
Can yoga cure brain fog? Studies have shown that yoga, including poses like Vajrasana, can improve concentration, so try it out when you’re feeling frazzled. A bit of mindfulness thrown in for good measure is sure to help as well.
2. Tree pose
If you’re feeling mental fogginess, make like a tree! Vrikshasana, or tree pose, is all about balance, which focuses you to clear your mind and concentrate on the task at hand.
To do tree pose, keep one leg firmly on the ground (think of it as your tree trunk, anchoring you to the earth), then bend your other leg and place the bottom of your foot on the inside of your thigh. You can straighten your arms and have them meet above your head in a V, or keep your arms near your side and clasp your palms together. Since you’re only on one leg, focus on one point in the room to help your balance.
This pose is amazing for both physical and mental stability, giving you increased clarity. You might only be able to hold the pose briefly in the beginning, but over time, see if you can last longer. However, increasing your hip flexibility can also help with tree pose.
3. Seated spinal twist
Another seated pose that works well for relieving brain fog is the seated spinal twist. Sitting on the mat with your legs stretched out, bend one leg and cross it over the other. Next, place your opposite arm under the knee of your crossed leg, twisting your spine to the side, then repeat on both sides.
While twists are great for flexibility and spine mobility, they also help relieve stress and anxiety by opening up the chest. Stress can often contribute to confusion, forgetfulness, and fogginess, so seated spinal twist is a good way to unwind and clear the mind after a hard day at work.
4. Mountain pose
Mountain pose is a classic yoga position and ideal for improving both your coordination and posture. While it looks simple, holding the position properly for more than a minute or two can be deceptively challenging!
To achieve mountain pose, stand tall with your feet shoulder-width apart. Hold your arms out to your sides with your palms turned away from you and your shoulders back and down. Take a few deep breaths and feel your energy flowing through your body.
Mountain pose is a perfect example of the effects of yoga on mental and physical health – it can give both a boost! It can strengthen your buttocks and thighs and improve your posture (especially if you sit at a desk all day). However, it can also help your mental health, assisting you with inner peace and calmness. Try out mountain pose when you’re run off your feet and just need to carve out a few minutes for yourself to recharge and get some mental clarity.
5. Legs up the wall
A fun yoga pose to help clear your mind is legs up the wall. This position is easy to achieve – the name gives it away! Lying on your back perpendicular to a wall, swing your legs up against the wall, so that your heels are against the wall and above your head.
This is a passive yoga pose, so doesn’t require much strength or balance, but the benefits are massive. Many yogis find it helps to calm the mind, help with relaxation, and increase energy levels. It’s also known to relieve back pain, especially in the lower back. You don’t need to hold the pose for too long, as even 5–10 minutes are enough to help with clarity and focus.
Try out these poses to see if they can help with your brain fog! One thing we absolutely love about being yogis is how beneficial yoga for mind and body is, and we recommend completing a practice or just a few poses whenever you’re feeling a bit foggy.