Remember your math teacher’s favourite punishment wherein you had to pull your ears and squat on the floor? Well, guess what! They found a scientific reason validating it. (Yay)
Using your hands to pinch opposite earlobes while alternating between squatting and standing up has now been declared as a mental energizer named Super Brain Yoga that unlocks your brain’s true potential!
What Is Super Brain Yoga?
Super Brain Yoga was developed by the Filipino esotericist, Master Chao Kok Sui. In his book, he explains how this simple 3-minute exercise can boost your grey matter and prevent the effects of memory loss, dementia and even Alzheimer’s disease. It also increases mental energy, concentration and decision-making skills.
It claims to be a scientifically tested practice that stimulates the left and right hemispheres of the brain to become synchronized, which relaxes the mind and optimizes the efficiency of the whole body.
Indian History Behind It
The history of this practice goes beyond classrooms and traces back to a divine act of reverence to Lord Ganesha (the Hindu god associated with intellect and memory) followed in Tamil Nadu named “thoppukaranam”. It can be observed that devotees who pass by a Ganesha temple while travelling, stop and perform the thoppukaranam before resuming their journey.
In terms of a method for disciplining students, sources say it has been practised since the gurukul system. Lazy students were “motivated” to study by forcing them to perform the exercise.