Yoga Poses that will Help Boost Immunity During COVID-19 Lockdown
The COVID-19 lockdown has led to many people feeling stressed and anxious. Moreover, it has made everyone question their immune system and look up ways to boost it to combat against coronavirus. One of the best ways to reduce your stress levels and boost your immunity is by practicing yoga. It is a tried and tested practice that improves your health, level of flexibility and makes your body, mind and soul feel at peace. Take a look at these 5 yoga poses or asanas for you to practice during the COVID-19 lockdown and improve your immunity.
Known as the ‘Mountain Pose’, this is the most basic yoga pose and from where all other asanas evolve. Ideally, perform this asana on an empty stomach. All you have to do is stand upright, chin slightly tilted upwards while you focus ahead on a single point ahead and your arms stretched out slightly away from your body, palms facing outwards. Stand in this position for 20-30 seconds while practicing deep breathing. This is a good asana to improve your posture and make you feel more energised and refreshed.
A form we seem to be often resorting to during home quarantine out of boredom but it is actually really helpful! When done correctly, the Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall pose) is helpful for your posture as well for strengthening your immunity. You have lie down on your back with your legs placed up the wall. You can rest your arms on your stomach or spread them out on either side, palms facing upwards. Practice deep breathing for 10 minutes while the posture helps in improving your blood circulation, relieving the pressure points in your back and relaxing your nervous system.
Sometimes, the easiest things prove to be most helpful. In this case, it is practicing Sukhasana and Pranayama to boost your immunity system. You have to sit cross-legged with back kept straight and your hands placed on your knees, palms facing upwards. This is the optimal position to relax and practice Pranayama (breathing). Take a deep breath while counting to 5, hold for the same time and then breathe out. Do these 10 times and make sure to relax your all your muscles during the process. This greatly reduces your stress levels, regulates your breathing pattern and calms down your nerves.
This will require some practice but hey, you are in home quarantine so you definitely have some time on hand. In English, Parivrtta means revolved and Utkata means powerful. Start with standing upright with your feet together. Raise up your arms straight and pointing towards the sky as you take a deep breath. Slowly, let go of the breath and bend your knees till your thighs are parallel to the floor (or how much ever you can bend). This is the chair position. Bring your hands down to fold in front of your chest in a namaste. Now, twist your upper body towards the right and focus your gaze up towards the sky. Hold in this position for one minute before reversing back to your original form, Tadasana. This helps to tone your internal organs and aid in the process of detoxifying your body.
This yoga pose or asana resembles a triangle and that’s why it’s named as Trikonasana. For this, you will have to begin with standing straight (in Tadasana). Then spread your legs apart a little more than shoulder length and have your right foot facing right while your left foot remains facing forward. Brings up your arms to be parallel to the floor and both shoulders being on the same level. Now, bend down on your right side and try touching your toes with your right hand while your left remains in line with your other arm. Your left hand and your gaze should be pointing up towards the sky. Try not bending your knees and hold in this position for 1 minute. This is one of the best asanas to improve your digestion, immunity and posture.
Stay home, stay safe and do practice these asanas!
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