Zeroing in on Concentration

Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 9:15 pm

Concentration is important for anything that takes skill, and if you want to boost your focus, we have some yoga moves that can help you zero in on those things that require most, if not all, of your attention.

Performing yoga itself is an art in concentrating. Taking the time to focus on your breath and movement can be difficult in the age of social media and smartphones but with a bit of practice, you’ll be a concentration master in no time.

One of the simplest postures to perfect, explains Viviana Valladares of Indigo Yoga, is the prayer pose. This involves getting yourself into a comfy sitting position, ensuring that you are sitting up straight and lengthening your neck. Then, put your hands in a prayer formation, gently pushing your thumbs into the middle of your rib cage.

Next up is the eagle pose, also known as garudasana. This is a little more active but requires a good mindset in order to successfully complete it. Stand up, bend your knees slightly and lift your left foot up, crossing your left thigh over the right one. Hook your foot around your leg and balance on your right foot.

You can also cross your arms so that the backs of your hands are facing each other but if this is too much, stick with the legs for now. And don’t forget to repeat on the other side.

Warrior III requires quite a bit of strength and again focus, says Viviana. Move your body into a lunging position and stretch your arms forward with the palms facing each other. Push your back heel into the floor and attempt to straighten the front leg. Reach forward with your arms and hold for around 30 seconds before repeating on the other side.

Finally, if you’re feeling brave, you can attempt to do a supported headstand. First, get into a kneeling position. Intertwine your fingers and rest your forearms on the floor around shoulder width apart. Put the crown of you head on the floor, take a deep breathe, and lift up your knees. Walk each foot toward your elbows and lift your feet up off the floor too. Eventually, you may be able to get your legs all the way up with your feet facing the ceiling but this will inevitably take some practice.

(Viviana would like to stress that this position isn’t for everyone and recommends that those who attempt this pose listen to their body and if there is any pain or discomfort you should stop immediately.)

As soon as you try out all of the above yoga postures, you’ll soon realize that concentration isn’t as easy as it seems. However, a few classes at Indigo Yoga is all you’ll need to focus that attention span.

Indigo Yoga is located at 1968 Lake Ave., Unit 103, in Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 223-2045 or visit indigoyogahouse.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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