March 23, 2009 10:39 pm

"baski hodeyodhu" sit-ups or in other words "SuperBrain yoga"

Filed under: General,Health and Nutrition — ramsblog @ 10:39 pm


hmm.. apparently we thought this so-called exercise, that we were given in our school days – image

both in schools and at home, as a punishment. I would go to school a little late, and we would two kinds of punishments when we missed the very first part of the school, which is Prayer session. 1. Run around the field for two complete rounds 2. perform this sit-ups that we used to call “baski” in kannada.

Well, it was indeed treated as a punishment back then.

(picture source: h t t p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSwhpF9iJSs)

Other instance when we would Perform was before Lord Ganesh as part the prayer – at home and at hindu temples. performing this for 21 times is a general practice. As kids we never knew there was a scientific reason behind such an activity. Although growing up, we learned that there are nerve endpoints in ear lobes that helps triggering the brain activities.

It is now both funny and interesting to see this is being named as “Super Brain Yoga” and would be interesting to learn who is filing a Patent on this discovery!!

I am sure the number “21 times” would also have some scientific significance. A related context i remember is, if a new activity to become a habit, you must continue performing the activity for 21 days. I can relate this 21 times to the “5-minutes-a-day” as the put across in the attached video and it takes aobut 5 minutes to perform this activity 21 times.

Interestingly, wikipedia does not have any entry about this brain yoga yet.


  1. Isn’t it wonderful! I just sent it off to our Kannada Group. Ofcourse I am not entirely sure if my memory is good 😀

    Comment by My3 — March 24, 2009 4:30 pm @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  2. There is a scientific reason for everything..it just got wrapped around a religious thing so that people would obey..

    Baski was an everyday activity for us at school 😀

    Comment by Vijay — March 25, 2009 12:19 am @ 12:19 am | Reply

  3. @My3: yes it was also surprising to see a name given to an activity and making it popular that way.

    @Vijay: agreed. It usually works well if there is some sentiments or emotions added to a task.
    “Baski was an everyday activity for us at school” –> LOL, shall i take is your PT (physical training) activity or as a punishment activity – hehe!

    Comment by Ram — March 25, 2009 9:50 pm @ 9:50 pm | Reply

  4. @Ram we used to “take” the punishment because we wanted the PT 😉

    Comment by Vijay — March 26, 2009 6:40 am @ 6:40 am | Reply

  5. Hi I was searching to see whether doing baski at 35 is good or bad 🙂 I didnt find any other site oter than yours with that word – sit-ups has a different meaning altogether – not baski….i dont know any equivalent word in any other language even though I speak 5 😦

    Comment by sowjanya — January 22, 2010 8:31 am @ 8:31 am | Reply

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