In the modern world where we ingest polluted air, preservative-loaded food, toxic media messages and competitive consumer lifestyles, coronavirus has forced us to slow down and rethink our choices. Now more than ever people are realizing the need to find a sustainable balance to nurture health and happiness. In this scenario, many people are turning to yoga.
Yoga practice, which includes physical exercise (asanas), mental relaxation (meditation) and breath work (pranayama) and has many proven benefits for the body, mind and spirit. Yoga, also known as 'chikitsa' can help people heal from injuries and illnesses.
It is recommended by doctors as the best way to relieve stress, calm the nerves, increase strength, stamina, flexibility and circulation and boost immunity. Yoga is known to reduce diabetes, heart disease, back aches and depression. Especially now, when people are unable to go to the gym or the park for exercise, yoga at home seems to be the best option.
Renowned Yoga instructor Shazia Omar, says, "Covid-19 attacks the respiratory tract, making it difficult to breath. The virus can travel down to the lungs, making it even harder to maintain your breath. Those who have battled coronavirus and survived say the best thing you can do to prepare yourself (apart from social distancing and proper hygiene,) is practice breathing techniques to boost your immunity and cleanse your respiratory system."
For more guidance on yoga and pranayama, check out Shazia Omar's channel: youtube.com/shaziaaminaomar.