• Trishna Patnaik

Why do yoga during corona quarantine period?

Updated: Apr 6, 2020

Elate Wellbeing Yoga and Meditation experts have curated following article on the benefits of doing yoga during the quarantine period. We are offering online yoga and meditation sessions. Contact us to learn more.

This may be difficult to not feel anxious or panic on the present outbreak of Corona Virus worldwide when everywhere there are news, articles and forwards on this throughout the day. But, let’s pause for a moment and think of giving a fresh perspective to reflect on the events, which are beyond our control and look for ways to quiet our minds. Yoga offers this path, not only helping physically by strengthening the body and improving flexibility, maintaining a balanced metabolism, cardio and circulatory health and building immunity for the body, Yoga helps us to connect with ourselves deeply, reduces mental chatter and deepen spiritual awareness.

Let us understand how Yoga and pranayama help the body and mind to relax according to Science. Our body’s Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) unconsciously regulates our respiratory system along with other things. Two key branches of this system are the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS), which is responsible for fight and flight reflex, and Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) responsible for rest and digest reflex. We can use Yoga asanas and breathing techniques that act on Vagus nerve that runs from the brain to the abdomen and thus stimulates the PNS and helps the body and mind to relax and reduce anxiety.

When we inhale the heart rate goes up and with exhale it goes down. The greater the difference between the inhalation and exhalation, (exhalation deeper and longer than the inhalation), the higher is the vegal tone and more relaxed the body. The yoga and pranayama techniques help breath manipulation and balance the nervous system helping us to overcome fears and anxieties, which can be related to the present Coronavirus outbreak or even any other life challenges.

Keep Calm and Keep doing Yoga and pranayama!!

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