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Four easy yoga postures to mitigate the effects of Covid-19

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On the occasion of International Yoga Day, the United Nations recommended the practice of this discipline to improve physical and mental well-being in the current global context. “During the pandemic, many people have joined this practice, to maintain physical and fight against social isolation and depression”points out this organization.

Yoga, according to experts, is playing an important role in the psychosocial care and rehabilitation of coronavirus patients in quarantine, since in general it helps them relieve fears and reduce the physical effects generated by the disease. Not in vain, during these two years of pandemic, classes on-line of this discipline have increased exponentially.

Xuan Lan, yoga teacher and wellness expert, considered an eminence in this discipline and who has almost 1,500,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel and more than 500,000 on Instagram, reveals some asanas -postures- easy to do at home.

Yoga serves to maintain good physical condition for those who move less and to achieve mental balance

“If you have muscle pain, and therefore low mobility, an advisable practice would be to do pranayama, some purifying and balancing breaths and above all, meditation,” says Xuan Lan. “If there are really no symptoms, we can add the physical practice of asanas which will undoubtedly benefit us, in a more sedentary and monotonous time, where exercise and good nutrition are essential,” confirms the teacher.

In the current context, Yoga serves to maintain good physical condition for those who generally move less and, above all, it serves as an instrument to maintain a mental balance.

How do you achieve more well-being?

Those who understand this practice assure that benefits are added through three channels: breathingin a broad, calm and conscious way; the bodythrough simple yoga postures that can be done at home, such as stretching and twisting, which promotes blood circulation and contributes to a feeling of well-being; and the mental relaxationsince the practice is finished by lying on the floor face up in the posture of savasana. You have to remain relaxed for a few minutes, with total disconnection, and loosening all the muscles.

Among the physical benefits obtained from practicing yoga, the increase in muscle strength and tone, flexibility, energy and vitality stands out. It can also reduce back pain, arthritis, headaches, blood pressure, and insomnia, among many others.

Against the effects of Covid

“These postures provide mental and physical relaxation,” says yoga expert Xuan Lan.

Balasana or child’s pose.

“An easy posture is Balasana. With your forehead resting on the mat, the muscles relax and the entire body is neutralized. The weight of the shoulders and lower back also relaxes.”

Sukasana or meditation posture.

Sukasana “It is the classic meditation posture, it is very easy with your legs open and your feet together, perfect for balancing the mind and calming the body.”

“Torsion to the ground It is a posture to activate internal organs and slightly mobilize the extremities. Face up with your arms crossed, turn your head to the opposite side to which all the weight of your bent legs falls.

“Baddha Konasana, “A hip-opening posture, stretched forward with the soles of the feet together, letting the knees fall to the sides, is very relaxing,” concludes Xuan Lan.

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