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International Day of Yoga: Practice standing cross-crawl yoga to strengthen brain and nervous system
The International Day of Yoga is drawing near to be observed on June 17. As run up to the event, in various parks of Jaipur city, various community groups are practicing yoga with new fancy names and brands. It is being increasingly felt that there should be a yoga teacher or trainer to guide you initially.

It is said that for strengthening the brain and nervous system, cross-crawl yoga regulated through breathing regimen of 'inhaling, holding breath and exhaling' ( purak-kumbhak-rechak) strengthens brain and  improves concentration, if one is deficit of attention.

The mind-body yoga of cross-crawl is recommended for those having difficulties in concentrating as it is a tested technique to activate the connectivity of two hemi-spheres of the brain.

To do the simplest cross-crawl yoga, proceed as follows:

1. Stand at an airy place with your spine erect and arms at your sides along with slightly flattened belly.

2. Spread the two feet to shoulder width.

3. Place your left elbow across the body to the right thigh as you raise it with inhaling to make the hand touch the knee.

4. Hold your breath and turn your face to the left side.

5. Exhale and come back to the initial standing position.

6. Repeat the exercise with right elbow across the body to the left knee as you raise it with inhaling.

Do it for 5 minutes and then do it continuously by alternating cross hand-knee connect from left to right.

Some studies have shown that the cross-crawl technique provides a potent opportunity for training in cross-lateral connectivity to activate the brain development and nervous system to prepare it for the proper mind-motor coordination.

In cross crawl yoga, the opposite sides of the body and brain work together to coordinate the right arm and left leg along with head turning, then the left arm and right leg. This, in fact, improves the neural pathways and their functioning. Hence, it is a therapeutically sound exercise for strengthening the connection between the right and left hemispheres of the brain.

Medical practitioners and physical therapists in their jargon say that variants of cross-crawl exercises and yoga  allows electrical impulses and information to pass freely between the two hemispheres of the brain essential for appropriate physical coordination and activation of cerebral activities.

Some studies even claim that cross-crawl yoga as movement therapy improves attention, learning of language, reading, and hand-to-eye coordination of children with learning disabilities.

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