Superbrain YogaThe Smart Way To Become Smart
What would you say if you were told that by doing one simple exercise every day you could improve concentration, reduce stress levels, become smart, more intelligent and creative; and even enhance your spiritual development at the same time? What if you were told that this exercise hardly takes 60 seconds a day?
Does this sound too good to be true? Well, truth can often be stranger than fiction. The truth is that such an exercise does exist, and it is practiced all over the world with consistently incredible results.
In the Indian tradition Lord Ganesh is revered as the remover of obstacles. He is supposed to be super intelligent and super powerful which enables him to remove obstacles. In India the Ganesh Exercise is considered to be an old Hindu practice to become intelligent and even a punishment for misbehaving children in the classroom. But does this method make us more intelligent?
According to Master Choa Kok Sui, “The great Indian rishis have developed a technique to increase the intelligence of people based on the premise and principle of ear acupuncture; unfortunately the proper technique on how to do this exercise has been distorted or lost.” Therefore, MCKS distilled the proper yogic technique behind the Ganesh Exercise and introduced Superbrain Yoga in 2005.
Exercise for your Brain
The human brain is amazing – even so more sophisticated than any existing computer. A baby is born into the world with around 100 billion brain cells (neurons), give or take a few million. The brain is so important to the human species that four weeks after conception, an embryo produces half a million neurons every minute. In fully developed humans, a complex system of 300 million neurons connects the brain’s right and left sides, but they are so minuscule that 30,000 of them can fit on a pinhead.
To make the most of one’s brain, it needs to be exercised and nurtured, just like every other muscle of the human body. Synapses – points of the brain connections – have to be created and conserved for the brain to stay alert and healthy throughout adulthood. How can a parent ensure their child’s development is constantly improving during school? What could a parent of a learning disabled child do to help them develop?
One option is Superbrain Yoga. Superbrain Yoga is a simple and effective technique to energize and recharge the brain. It is based on the principles of subtle energy and ear acupuncture. This powerful technique is explained in Master Choa Kok Sui’s book Superbrain Yoga. This exercise takes less than 60 seconds a day to perform. However, for Superbrain Yoga to be effective, the proper technique needs to be used. components of the proper technique include:
- Facing the correct direction
- Positioning the arms properly
- Positioning the fingers properly
- Breathing correctly
Superbrain Yoga may not yield the desired results in case the procedure provided by MCKS is not strictly followed. You may learn more about the proper technique in Master Choa Kok Sui’s Superbrain Yoga book.
Benefits of Superbrain Yoga
Superbrain Yoga provides several benefits. These include:
- It increases the focus and the power of concentration among children
- Improves emotional intelligence in children
- It serves to pacify and normalize the behaviour patterns of children
- It increases the power of the memory to retain and recall new information
- This has the potential to improve the group dynamics dramatically
There have been multiple studies performed to measure the efficacy of Superbrain Yoga. Over the years children studied showed a significant increase in academic and behavioural performance, greater class participation, and improved social skills. In one study, the result of an electroencephalograph showed increased amplitude in the parietooccipital region of the brain following the Superbrain Yoga. This indicates increased brain electrical activity following the exercise. Pilot studies on the effects of Superbrain Yoga on school children include children with disabilities such as ADHD/ADD, developmental and cognitive delays, Downs syndrome and specific learning disabilities have all reflected positive results.
This exercise offers benefits not just for young students, but also adults seeking brain wellness into their senior years and patients with development challenges and cognitive delays seeking normalcy and cures. Superbrain Yoga can additionally help keep our brain fit and functional, and how these can help counter the common mental effects of aging, memory loss, as well as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
How it Works
Dr. Paul Nogier MD, a neurologist, spent 20 years from 1950 to about 1970 doing medical research. He rediscovered that the ears corresponded to the whole body. The ear corresponds to an inverted foetus curled in the womb. The ear lobe corresponds to the head. You may read more about this research in the Handbook to Auriculotherapy (France, 1981).
The correspondence of the ear to the whole body was already recognized by the ancient Chinese acupuncturists and also to the great rishis (teachers) in India, who developed a technique to increase people’s intelligence. Now we know it worked because it was based on the principle of ear acupuncture.
Superbrain Yoga transforms or internally alchemizes the energies from the lower energy centres (or chakras) into higher subtler energies. These energies are then utilized by the upper energy centres. When those centres are highly energized, they energize the brain so it can function with greater efficiency and effectiveness.
Master Choa Kok Sui also adds: “Other benefits from the practice of Superbrain Yoga are greater psychological stability and also greater ability to regulate the sex drive especially for teenagers” (p 52). After performing the simple, yogic exercise, he explains that one’s “energy centers and aura are brighter. Prolonged practice of the Superbrain Yoga makes the practitioner, in general, smarter and more psychologically balanced.” (p 53)
The Science Behind Superbrain Yoga
The brain is one of the most important organs in our body and controls vital functions including thinking, learning, creativity, the five senses, memory, emotion, problem, solving, and decision making amongst others. Also, different parts of the brain have different functions. For example, left-brain is more logical while the right-brain is more creative.
The electrical potential generated by the brain can be measured by specialized equipment called Electro-encephalograph (or the EEG). The EEG shows four types of patterns which are called the “Brain Waves”. Brain Waves are rhythmic in nature and occur independently on either side of the brain. In general there are four types of brain waves:
- Alpha Waves which denote a state of relaxation and alertness. These waves form in the mid-brain region. Alpha waves are to do with function such as learning, memory and thinking. The alpha state is the most conducive to creative activities and problem solving. When our brain is in this state we are usually at the best with whatever we do. Typically this is the state which is associated by athletes are being “in the zone” or their peak performance. Also, the creative ideas and inspiration comes when we are in this state. As age advances there is a marked reduction in the Alpha waves.
- Beta Waves which are mainly seen during everyday activities. These are mostly recorded in the occipital region of the brain. This is the most “normal” brain state and denotes a waking state.
- Theta Waves are commonly seen in young children and in adults during phases of emotional stress. These are most frequently recorded over the parietal and temporal regions of the brain. The presence of theta wave patterns are seen in many brain disorders.
- Delta Waves which are created in a state of deep sleep. These are also present during serious brain diseases. It strictly occurs in the cortex region of the brain.
There were several pilot studies conducted on Superbrain Yoga in the early 2000’s. The results were astounding. The following were observed:
- It was observed that Alpha waves activity increased immediately performing SuperBrain Yoga for only 1 minute.
- Subjects who performed Superbrain Yoga regularly were found to spend more time in the Alpha state then regular people.
- During meditation and deep relaxation, the left and right brain wave patterns happen together. Scientists believe that synchronization makes much more brain power available, enables earning large amounts of information quickly and results in greater creativity. Results showed that Superbrain Yoga to synchronise the left brain and right brain energy just after 1 minute of exercising.
- It was also observed that subjects who performed Superbrain Yoga regularly experienced prolonged periods of our brain synchronicity. In general, when the left-brain and right-brain is synchronised, then one is able to achieve amazing results in any undertaking. This is because both parts of our brains have the same frequency and equally active.
Similar results were also observed based on the research of Late Dr. Joie P. Jones of the Dept. of Radiological Sciences at the University of California, the exercise works using the body’s energy centres which absorb, digest, and distribute energy to different parts of the body. These primary energy centres are actually major acupuncture points. Acupressure energy points for the brain, eyes, forehead, mouth, ovaries, parotid, temples, and testes congregate around the area of the ear affected by pressure from the exercise. In addition, the finger pads used in the exercise stimulate neuropathways into the brain by activating acupuncture points on the earlobes. According to Dr. Jones, after doing the exercise, an EEG scan shows the right and left hemispheres of the brain have synchronized.
The Evidence for Superbrain Yoga
In the USA several pilots have been conducted using Superbrain Yoga. In one pilot study of two classes totaling thirty-six students served as the experimental group while sixteen served as the control group. These students performed the exercise regularly. In that year, 83% of the students in the experimental group improved their standardized tests scores using the GatesMacGinitie Reading Inventory as a measurement tool. The average percentage point change in scores was 24 points for the experimental group. For example, students once scoring 64% on tests were now scoring 88%. In the control group, only 50% of the students improved their test scores with an average percentage change of 14 points.
In another pilot 36 students performing Master Choa Kok Sui’s Superbrain Yoga were compared to a control group of 36 students. Once again, the data reflects that students performing Master Choa Kok Sui’s Superbrain Yoga perform better academically and behaviourally. In this year the experimental group increased test scores by 25% while the control group only increased by 15%. It was also determined through the scientific evaluation of Dr. Eugenius Ang, Jr. (Ph. D Post-doctoral fellow in the department of Neurobiology at Yale University School of Medicine) and Dr. Glenn Joseph Mendoza, (M.D., M.P.H. Practicing Physician and Director of the Neonatology and Neurodevelopment program in Upper State New York and Associate Professor, Clinical Paediatrics at the New York Medical College), that the quality of the experiment has a p value of .0001 which supports that the data collected is statistically and scientifically strong thereby proving the Superbrain Yoga is capable of improving intelligence levels.
In another study Dr Glenn Mendoza MD and Raina Koterba, OTR/L started a pilot study for a group of nine severely autistic children, ranging between the ages of 14 and 16. These children have a variety of issues, including minimal communication, self-abusive behaviors, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, hyperactivity, inattention and cognitive delays. The preliminary findings were quite astounding in relation to the progress of a severely autistic child. At the end of the first week the children who are displaying severe hyperactivity (unable to keep feet or hands still for longer than 15 seconds), were seen to calm for 15 to 20 minutes following the exercise. Children who were consistently yelling or engaging were quiet for about 20 minutes with minimal vocalizations. They also appeared to be very calm and focused.
Another such study performed by Dr Glenn Mendoza MD and Raina Koterba with children have a variety of disabilities, including neurological defects, autism, seizure disorder, cognitive delay and specific learning disabilities. After regular practice of Superbrain it was observed that the children were more focused and ready to work, were displaying less negative behaviors, and were able to follow multi-step directions, with less verbal cues and guidance. Astonishingly some children started displaying strengths the teacher did not know they possessed, and also displayed increased social skills. It was also noticed that a child with very low self-esteem and always saying, “I can’t” and requiring maximal encouragement and coaxing, was engaging in activities with minimal encouragement and independently.
Getting the most from Superbrain Yoga
While Superbrain Yoga is powerful, but the benefits of performing one set of the exercise are temporary in nature. Superbrain Yoga must be done almost everyday to energize and activate the brain cells.
To maximize the benefits of this practice, make it a fun daily habit with your child when getting ready for school or even after school when they need a re-charge. For teenagers, the best way is to lead by example and also make the first 30 days a together practice (proven by first-hand experience). You will start to see results in the first three months of daily repetition, and in about six or seven months your child will improve their cognitive abilities (and average in school) by 20–35%, but by that time what once was just an exercise will become a great habit you’ll want to keep all your life – one that will ensure your next generations grow up healthy and smart.
This exercise is also as important for adults – especially those who are interested in spiritual and self-development. According to Master Choa Kok Sui, one can experience illumination much faster if Superbrain Yoga is practiced before the Meditation on Twin Hearts. Hence, it is also an effective way of preparing oneself for an enhanced meditation experience.
Superbrain Yoga is simple… but it is powerful. Give it a shot to see the benefits of this technique for yourself.