Thoppukarnam AKA Super brain Yoga

Hindus have been doing “Super Brain Yoga” for ages in front of temples devoted to Lord Ganesha. In fact, You can observe that while crossing a Ganesha temple on road, most people stop, take off their footwear, perform “Thoppukaranam”, and then resume their journey. Lord Ganesha is associated with Knowledge/Memory, a point which is now proved by this research. It is called Thoppu Karanam in Tamil. It is nothing but a dynamic utkatasana (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. Please check out this video on how to do “Super brain Yoga”.

It’s normal to forget things every now and then. We’ve all misplaced our keys, blanked on an acquaintance’s name, or forgotten a phone number we’ve dialled a hundred times before. It is really funny to me when I see Hindus going to the Doctors for memory loss and the docs explain how to do Thoppukarnam. I was taught to do this at school while I was studying pre-primary back in days in Kumbakonam. My grandmother used to take me to the Kumbeshwarar Kovil (temple), she also taught me to do this Thoppukarnam and I used to watch her step into elephant’s dung. It apparently has some medicinal affects to soothe her feet.

Thoppukaranam is a traditional practice in Indian Schools, accepted from Gurukulam system of education to make the child sit and stand catching both the ears with hands crossing each other symbolizing punishment for lethargy, laziness and not memorizing or grasping and to improve brain power etc. Most people do it in front of idol of Ganesha by crossing their arms and holding the ear lobes between the tips of the fore and middle finger; next they bend their knees and get up–doing this three times.

“Thorpi: Karnam ” is thoppukarnam in its corrupted form. Which word, is related to the Sanskrit “Dvau-bhuja-karnam”“Thorpi = means with the hands, and “Karnam” = means ears. Hence “Thorpikarnam” means holding the ears with the hands. Each and every performance followed by Hindu culture is backed by some scientific truth. Thoppukaranam’ activates the acupuncture points at right and left ears thereby activating the right and left brains.  Fifteen minutes of  ’Thoppukaranam’ increases the brain power immensely according to sources.The physical body is a very complicated subtle electronic equipment. When a proper energy wiring connection is made, it produces the right results.

The right ear lobe corresponds to the left brain.The left ear lobe corresponds to the right brain.When the right ear lobe is gently squeezed with the left thumb and left index finger with the thumb outside, it produces the necessary energy connection. This connection causes the left brain and pituitary gland to become energized and activated. Similarly, when the left ear lobe is gently squeezed with the right thumb and right index finger with the thumb outside, it produces the necessary energy connection, which causes the right brain and pineal gland to become energized and activated. which causes the right brain and pineal gland to become energized and activated.For energizing and activating the Left Brain and the Right Brain, the left arm must be inside, while the right arm must be outside.

“Thoppukarnam” has been copyrighted as “Super brain yoga”.


I wish all of our memories will be as good as an elephant’s.
Prad 🙂


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