Sunday, July 6, 2008

Walking Down Memory Lane

Lately, it's a case of walking a few feet away from my car and only to return back to it just because I have forgotten if I have actually locked it. Other times, I be trying to scan my brain on what my friend had asked me to do earlier on. At worst, I be teaching my students at 6.30 a.m and forgotten the Sanskrit for alternate nostril breathing. Maybe I have an excuse for the latter since it was the early hours of the morning, but then again, you think about the yogis in India waking up at 4a.m every morning meditating and doing yoga, that puts me to shame.So, lucky me, I bought a copy of Joyful Living magazine today. It had suggested remedies for forgetfulness. Here are a few to boost your memory power.

1) Stay ActiveTake 30 minute walk in the fresh air five days a week Or do 12 cycles of the hatha sun salutation, add inversions like the shoulderstand and plow pose to increase blood flow to the brain(I don't want to know what my memory be like if I'm not a yoga teacher as I do more than 12 cycles of surya namaskar in one day)

2) BreatheAnuloma Viloma (See, I do remember. Surya Namaskar must be helping)It helps stimulate the left and right hemispheres of the brain and improve brain memory.

3) Study UpMemorise a poem, Sanskrit scripture, reciting it every morning till you know by heart. Then start learning a new one.4) Feed Your BrainThis is an Ayurveda way of boosting your memory, eat foods like sweet potatoes, okra (lady fingers), spinach, oranges, carrots, milk, ghee (clarified butter), tapioca and almonds.

And if you're still losing your keys and forgetting appointment dates, best thing to do is use sticky notes and remind yourself of everything