COVID has caused a situation of upheaval in millions of lives the world over. Firstly, understand and come to an acceptance that it is natural to feel disturbed, disconnected and anxious. The pandemic along with the lockdowns have led to loss of loved ones, financial loss, unemployment, and mental disturbances. To avoid this spiralling of negativity, and frustration you can keep your mind and body occupied through the yoga practice.
Grandmaster Akshar told HerZindagi that "Yoga helps you to build a disciplined routine, regulates your appetite and helps you release stress. With a yoga practice, you can start to wake up early and at a regular time every day. Even 20 minutes of practising simple asanas, pranayama or meditation can improve your sense of well-being. It is known that exercising regularly can decrease the level of cortisol in our body which cause stress. Along with cultivating discipline, you can channel your energies into a productive outlet like yoga. Yoga keeps you optimistic, and self-motivated."
Follow these simple postures shared by hiim for improved mood, and to eliminate stress from your life:
- Begin with Samasthithi
- Stand with the spine aligned and your posture erect
- Relax your shoulders and join your feet
- Join your palms in front of your chest in such a manner that your elbows are aligned with your wrists.
- Look straight ahead
- Begin by standing in Samasthithi
- Lift your right leg off the floor and balance your body weight on your left leg
- Place your right foot on your lift inner thigh
- Join your palms in Pranam Mudra at your heart chakra and keep your elbows straight.
- Repeat the same with the alternate leg
- Hold for 8 to 10 breaths
- Sit in Ardha Padmasana with your right foot over your left thigh
- Lift your left foot and place it on your right thigh facing up
- Pull your feet closer to your hips
- Drop your knees to the floor
- Place your palms on your knees facing up
- Hold the asana for a while
- Repeat with the other leg
Pranayama Technique: Udgeeth Pranayama
- Sit in any comfortable pose with a straight spine
- Gently close your eyes
- Place your palms on your knees
- Inhale deeply and fill your lungs with air
- While exhaling, form a circle with your lips and chant Om
- Allow the vibration of the sound to spread throughout your body
You can also include meditation techniques like Sthithi Dhyan, Aarambh Dhyan and Siddho Hum Kriya. Siddho Hum Kriya is technique of silent meditation and self-observation of the experience to offer gratitude for what you received. In this way yoga can be used for self-improvement and to build focus on your goals as well facing challenges with a resilient spirit.
Take care of yourself and stay tuned to HerZindagi for more ways on stress management and mental health with expert inputs.