Article in Times of India GOA – Nov 4, 2013

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Punishment now becomes brain exercise

PANAJI: It’s a strange sight-a hall full of people, young and old, comically springing up and down on their haunches. Look closer, and their hands are crossed over their chests, fingers clutching the earlobes– not some kind of mass punishment, but a ‘super-brain’ yoga class.The longstanding punishment for naughty children and a means of showing obeisance to Lord Ganesha, ‘uthak-baithak’ is now packaged as ‘super-brain’ yoga and taught to people who feel their brains needs sharpening.

“‘Uthak-baithak’ was not devised as a punishment for lazy children to humiliate them, but to help them perform better,” explains Dr Prashant Ganapathy, an instructor for Pranic Healing Goa. “The science behind it is simple-superbrain yoga sets right the energy wiring connection in the brain by activating the  acupuncture points in the left and right ears, which in turn activates the left and right brain. All humans usually function with one half of the brain dominating the other; there is no balance of energy between the intuitive and logical parts of the brain. This ‘asana’, however, will activate and energize both parts to perform in tandem,” explains Ganapathy, who will be conducting a half-day camp for Superbrain yoga in Goa for Pranic Healing Goa in November.

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