6 Yoga Asanas To Fight Coronavirus And Boost Your Immunity

Coronavirus had wreaked havoc in 2020 and continues to showcase its disastrous effects in 2021 too. 

With thousands of people getting succumbed to the deadly virus daily and the virus in itself mutating and increasing its strength each day, we must boost our immunity to combat the lethal coronavirus. 

And one of the best methods to combat the virus is by engaging oneself in immunity-boosting yoga asanas. 

Lack of adequate sleep, poor nutrition, and stress lead to a weakened immune system which makes us vulnerable to sickness. 

But with the help of yoga, it can be easily combated because yoga is a holistic practice that helps in strengthening our physical body and improves the natural defense mechanisms of the body. 

6 Yoga poses for increasing immunity against coronavirus. 

1. Anulom vilom pranayam/ Alternate nostril breathing technique

Benefits
  • Pranayama is an ancient practice of controlling breath which helps in supplying oxygen to the body and removes toxins simultaneously. 
  • Improves respiratory and cardiovascular health and regulates blood pressure
  • Helps to relax and improves sleep quality and also enhances mindfulness. 
How to do the asana? 
  1. Sit in a cross-legged position. 
  2. Hands should be rested on your knees and close your eyes. 
  3. Now place your right thumb on your right nostril and close it. 
  4. Take a deep breath in through the left nostril and count till 4.
  5. Now with the right ring finger, close your left nostril too. 
  6. At this point, you are holding your breath. Count till 3 at this position. 
  7. Next, take your thumb off your right nostril and exhale deeply through the right nostril. 
  8. After a gap of 2 seconds, take a deep breath in through the right nostril and count till 4.
  9. Close both the nostrils for 2 seconds and then release the breath through the left nostril. 
  10.  Repeat the process for 5 minutes. 

2. Vrikshasana/ Tree pose

Benefits
  • This yoga pose helps in bringing balance between the mind and body. 
  • The pose helps in strengthening the muscles of the legs and also acts as a hip opener as it establishes pelvic stability and also tightens the hips bones. 
  • The shifting of the entire body’s weight to each foot helps in strengthening the tendons and ligaments of the feet. 
How to do the asana? 
  1. Balance yourself on only one leg. The other one should be folded and supported on your inner thigh of the balancing leg. 

For example, if you are balancing yourself on the left leg, the right knee should be bent in a half-lotus position. 

  1. Now stretch out your hands above your heads so that they are pointed directly upwards. 
  2. Clasp themselves together in the namaste pose. 
  3. Gaze in the distance and hold the position for half a minute. 
  4. Now release your position and repeat the same movements with the alternate leg. 
  5. Repeat the exercise for 10 minutes. 

People suffering from insomnia, vertigo, or migraine should avoid doing this yoga pose. 

3. Matsyasana/ Fish pose

Benefits
  • The yoga pose is said to stimulate the two most important area of the body- 
    • Throat chakra: related to self-expression and communication
    • Crown chakra: related to knowledge and wisdom
  • The exercise also helps in stretching the neck, chest, abs, and hip flexors muscles. 
How to do the asana? 
  1. Lie down on your back on the floor. 
  2. Keep your legs straight and hands placed beside your thighs. 
  3. Your palms should be placed near your shoulder and fingers pointing towards them. 
  4. Now take a deep breath in and press your palms on the floor. 

Lift your shoulders and head off the floor but the top of your head should remain in contact with the floor. 

  1. Arch your back and lift both of your legs at a 45° angle. 
  2. The position should be held for 10 secs and then get back to your usual position. 

People with neck and back injuries, however, should avoid this yoga pose. 

4. Paschimottanasana/ Seated forward-bend pose

Benefits
  • People suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure can be highly beneficiated from this yoga asana. 
  • It helps in calming the body and relaxes the mind. 
  • This yoga pose improves blood circulation and combats anxiety, depression, and insomnia. 
How to do the asana? 
  1. Sit down on the floor and keep your legs stretched in front of you. 
  2. You can also place a strap around your feet to keep them in place. Make sure that your knees are slightly bent in this position. 
  3. Now take a deep breath in and extend your arms straight up over your head reaching towards the ceiling. 
  4. Keep your spine straight as you do so. 
  5. Now exhale and then begin to come forward by hinging at your hips. 
  6. Lower your arms and clasp your big toes with your fingers. 
  7. Try to touch your knees with your nose. 
  8. While doing the exercise, make sure that you lengthen your spine when you inhale, and then as you exhale, deepen your forward bend. 

5. Bhujangasana/ Cobra Pose

Benefits
  • The cobra pose helps in strengthening the spine, butt muscles, and all the other major muscle groups of your upper body. 
  • This yoga pose also helps in improving blood circulation throughout the body and de-stresses and calms the nerves. 
How to do the asana? 
  1. Lie down flat on the floor on your stomach. 
  2. Keep your palms rested by the side of your chest and arms kept close to the body.
  3. Take a deep breath in and raise your upper body using the strength of your arms. However, make sure that your stomach is touching the floor. 
  4. Look upwards as you keep your breathing normal. 
  5. Hold the position for 10 seconds. 
  6. Now slowly lie down on your stomach. 
  7. Rest for ten seconds. 
  8. And then repeat the exercise 10 more times. 

6. Viparita Karani/ Legs up the wall pose

Benefits
  • This yoga pose is regarded as an effective stress-buster asana. 
  • It is considered as one of the most relaxing yoga positions but it helps in improving the blood circulation throughout the body and also utilizes the body. 
  • The asana is considered to be very effective for those suffering from fertility and reproductive complications. 
How to do the asana? 
  1. Place your legs up on the wall at a 90° angle. Try to keep your legs straight as much as possible but do not overstrain. 
  2. Now the upper half of the body should be in a straight line too. 
  3. Place your arms loosely at your side and just relax. 
  4. Keep this position for 10 minutes and take deep breaths in and out to completely relax your nerves. 
  5. When the stipulated time ends, slowly fold your knees, rollover to your side and then sit up. 

Now there you go, some effective yoga poses to fight coronavirus. Times are tiring and hopefully, these exercises will help you to boost your immune system. Also, make sure that you properly follow the corona protocols. Do not get out of your home much and if it is extremely urgent, then do follow all the preventive measures. 

Also read: Keep Up Your Immunity To Fight Against COVID-19

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