Yoga for COVID recovery

June 7, 2021 |

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The battle with covid is still on and everyone is trying their best to stay away from this deadly disease by taking maximum precautions. People have become more serious about their health and have started to understand the importance of a healthy body. From having healthy drinks to eating right people are doing as much as they can. A big shoutout to all of them. But unfortunately due to some unavoidable circumstances people come in contact with the virus and get affected.  

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We cannot exactly tell the reason who might come in contact with this virus because it is seen that not only people with weaker immunity are getting affected but also the ones who look fit or anyone for that matter are also getting affected. Taking all the necessary precautions is our responsibility but even after that if an individual test positive for covid-19 the most important thing is to stay calm and tell yourself that “you will get through this”. This is where the real battle begins. You should tell your mind and body that you need to recover soon. And, to help you recover from this battle yoga is your best companion along with proper medication. 

 

Yoga has proved itself over the years since ancient times and is considered a boon in treating many serious health issues. Yoga brings a balance between our physical, mental, spiritual body that is most required during this pandemic. Our body responds as our mind says so everything starts in the brain. Even if you are taking proper medication and eating right as suggested by your doctors but if you are constantly under stress your body might not respond well to the medication hence it is important to stay positive even during these tough times and yoga for covid recovery is considered as best because it will work on both body and mind. 

 

Meditation during COVID: 

Yoga has meditation which is the best thing to relax our mind and calm ourselves. Meditation includes chanting of ‘OM’ that helps us to stay focussed. Yoga also includes simple mudras along with meditation that will have a powerful impact on our body, mind and can be practiced anywhere and at any time. Apart from the thought that we have been affected by the disease what scares them most for many people is the fear of loneliness as one needs to be in isolation during covid recovery meditation will help you understand that you alone are enough for yourself. It creates self-awareness among us and brings mindfulness. Meditation also helps in reducing stress and anxiety. 

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Breathing exercises during COVID: 

During covid recovery, your body is completely exhausted and there is a lack of oxygen in the body. Breathing exercises supply enough oxygen required for your body and improve overall lung function. Breathing techniques are great in reducing stress and anxiety; it clears out the mucus and restores the saturation levels. Remember although breathing techniques are a powerful method for covid recovery in some serious symptoms like shortness of breath you might have to consult your doctor before practicing them. Different types of breathing exercises are as follows. 

  1. AnlomVilom: To do this sit in a cross-legged position and rest your hands on the knees. Close your eyes and place your right thumb on the right nostril now inhale deeply from your left nostril. Now close your left nostril with your right finger and exhale deeply while lifting your right thumb. 

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  1. Yawn to smile: This breathing technique will build strength in the arms and shoulders and opens up the muscles in the chest by giving the diaphragm space to expand. To do this sit with your back straight, stretch the arms till shoulders, and open the mouth as wide as you can while doing this bring your arms back to rest and smile. 

 

  1. Diaphragmatic breathing: This technique restores lung function, strengthens the diaphragm, and improves the nervous system. To do this, sit comfortably and place the tip of the tongue behind your front teeth, making sure to keep your back straight and your eyes closed. Breathe normally and place one hand on the chest and the other on the abdomen. Breath deeply through your nose and feel your stomach expanding outwards then exhale stretching the stomach inwards. Repeat this up to 10 times and remember not to rush and breathe slowly. 

 

Apart from meditation and breathing exercises, many other yoga poses will help in increasing immunity but have to be practiced only after the doctor’s recommendation as we do not want to strain ourselves and our bodies. If your doctor suggests you do yoga and if you are feeling fine you can try the below yoga asanas. 

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i) Seated Spinal Twist/ParivrttaSukhasana

ii) The Rock/Pawan Mukta Asana

iii) Fish Pose/Matsyasana 

iv) Cobra Pose/Bhujangasana

Whether pandemic or not, whether affected by covid or not we must always maintain a balance between mind and body and try to have a healthy body with stronger immunity. Sri Krishna Wellness daily online yoga classes include meditation and pranayama with Krishnamacharya style and advanced yoga classes by our senior yoga experts. Join today for a healthy lifestyle and keep all kinds of diseases at bay by having strong immunity through yoga. 

 

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Ms. Mimi Partha Sarathy

Founder, Managing Trustee and Sr. Yoga Teacher Sri Krishna Wellness Yoga Centre

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India