By Lauren Fournier, PT, DPT
SuperBrain Yoga is a technique publicized by pranic healer and author Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui. His book and website claim the ancient technique restores brain connections, reduces stress, slows aging, stimulates the chakras, re-energizes the body, and boosts retention and concentration. While scientific research to support the effectiveness of SuperBrain yoga is limited, some feel it can especially benefit hyperactive children and teens, senile people, autistic people, and people with ADD/ADHD.
SuperBrain Yoga is a simple exercise that does not involve any complicated body twists or turns. It combines the unique posture of touching your earlobes while doing squats. The reason we do this is because the ears contain sensitive acupuncture points. Pinching the right earlobe stimulates the left-side of the brain and pinching the left lobe stimulates the right-side of the brain. Simultaneous pressure aligns and synchronizes both halves of the brain. Pressure on the earlobes may trigger beneficial hormone production and restore balance to several glands such as the hypothalamus and the pineal gland, which control circadian rhythm, and the response to light and dark. In Chinese traditional medicine, the ears may be stimulated to encourage the release of feel-good endorphins.
How to Do It:
- Remove your jewelry and face East. (Those who practice SuperBrain yoga believe the direction you face can influence your energy and concentration. Most people who engage in SuperBrain yoga should face the east. However, if you are elderly, face the north.)
- Stand tall with both feet flat on the floor about hip-width apart.
- Touch the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Keep it there throughout the exercise.
- Cross your arms over your chest, right arm over left.
- Grasp each earlobe with its opposite hand – the right ear with the left thumb and fingers, the left ear with the right. The thumbs should rest on the fronts of the earlobes.
- Inhale, bend your knees, squeeze your earlobes lightly and lower yourself into a squat.
- Stop when your knees reach 90 degrees. If this is too deep for you, stop at a depth that would be more comfortable.
- Exhale and raise your body to standing position.
- Repeat for a total of 15 squats. If you can’t manage that many at first, try five squats, rest for five breaths, try another five squats, working up to fifteen in a row over time.
If you are interested in combining yoga with your physical therapy recovery program, give us a call 603.644.8334, or email Lauren at: firstname.lastname@example.org