How can Yoga help in dealing with coronavirus anxiety?

COVID-19 or Corona virus is an airborne infectious disease that has shaken the entire world except for Antarctica in its grip. Most people infected with the COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate respiratory infection. Senior citizens and those having medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are easily prone to coronavirus.

The COVID-19 virus spreads mostly through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s essential that you also practice respiratory etiquette. The World Health Organization has declared coronavirus as a pandemic. Lockdown has become the need of the hour across the globe.

In times of crisis, it is essential that we refrain from panic inducing news or situations that can cause anxiety. While we should continue to follow and maintain hygiene, eat healthy, follow proper government guidelines and keep a check on symptoms laid down by W.H.O, we should also take up fitness regime like exercises, meditation and Yoga at home. These simple activities will help us a great deal in keeping a positive mind and body, and reducing anxiety.

Yoga and Pranayama enhance immunity:

Immunity is the keyword, as it helps you to fight antibody elements. In today’s hectic lifestyle, when almost everyone complains of high blood pressure, diabetes, and other lifestyle disorders, Yoga and Pranayama can help to boost immunity immensely. According to a medical school in the United States of America, people who practice Yoga and Pranayama can keep coronavirus away. The Sanskrit word Pranayama originates from Prana (life energy) and Ayama (to  draw out). The origins of yoga, is said to be around sixth and fifth centuries BCE.

Various asana recommended:

  • Pranayama:

The practice of Pranayama began in ancient India with saints. Today, the entire world is taking advantage of Pranayama. It helps you to increase your immunity level. According to experts, people who regularly practice Pranayama can protect themselves from deadly diseases and keep fit. It also helps you in channeling your energy in a positive direction and keeping a calm mind and soul. Various researches conducted before and after Pranayama found a sudden increase in White Blood Cell (WBC).

Take a glance at the following Pranayama practices that are helpful to boost the immune system:

  • Ujjayi: Ujjayi breaths are the full yogic breaths. You take breaths through the base of the throat, thereby instructing the lungs to increase the intake of oxygen.
  • Kapalbhati: One of the most popular forms of Pranayama that helps to increase your oxygen level. Automatically, it increases the immunity system.
  • Nadi Shodhan Pranayama: This is also called alternate nostril breathing. This technique calms the mind and takes you to meditation. This is like recharging your mind and body.

Yoga for strong immunity to keep corona virus at bay:

These are the five asanas that can help you to develop a strong immunity system:

  • Dhanurasana
  • Setu bandhasana
  • Kati Chakrasana
  • Natarajasana
  • Trikonasana

Yoga was commonly practiced by saints to improve their physical strength in ancient India. Gradually, people across the world have embraced Yoga that helps them to enhance the breathing ability and immunity system.

  • Sudarshan Kriya:

Sudarshan Kriya enables you to increase your immunity level, especially when you are under stress and anxiety. This comprehensive system comprises of Pranayama, yoga, and meditation incorporated in it and works on every level of our body. The 20-minute practicing of this yogic technique can help you to prevent from contracting the coronavirus.

Boosting of immunity system can help you to prevent coronavirus. These asanas can be of immense help. However, ensure that you do these asanas properly under expert guidance.

So be strong and keep yourself fit. Keep away from negative thoughts. Quarantine and Yoga!

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Christopher is a business editor who writes about various topics such as technology, health and finance. He works along with the colourful folks that build a nation through tech startups. He is also a professional football player and video games enthusiast.

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