If you are plagued with brain fog and/or fatigue, yoga may be just the therapy you need –even if all you have is a few minutes to spare.
Performing cat/cow pose for even just a few minutes can help alleviate brain fog and fatigue. The pose involves spinal flexion, thereby encouraging circulation of spinal fluid and breaking up spinal congestion (the accumulation of toxin filled fluid around the spinal cord and brain stem is a common cause of brain fog and fatigue). Breaking up spinal congestion and promoting circulation helps wake up the central nervous system, contributing to greater cognitive clarity and less overall fatigue –both mentally and physically. Furthermore, cat/cow pose stimulates all 26 vertebrae, waking up and rejuvenating all of these powerful energy centers in the body. The rhythmic movement of the spinal cord in cat/cow not only breaks up stagnant energy, but also decreases inflammation –a major cause of brain fog in and of itself, as well as a host of other symptoms like depression, anxiety, pain and more.
**The more rapid and rhythmic the movement, the greater the energy flow (but remember, always work within a pain-free range). If cat/cow is not plausible for you to perform for any reason, consider adopting one of the following modifications:
-for knee pain, place a folded blanket, towel, or some sort of cushion under the knees for additional support
-for carpal tunnel or wrist pain or problems of any kind, use your fists for wrists
-if getting into table top position is not an option for you, but you are able to sit up, you have the option to perform the pose in a seated position. Sit upright, and arch and flex your back, inhaling when you tuck your spine and chin in and exhaling as you lengthen your spine and arch your back and head backwards.