Updated: Feb 20
There is a lot of misinformation about Corona immunity or even Corona cures on social media and among people these days. This article tries to clarify yoga-related rumours with some facts.
Yoga does not cure Corona. Fact.
There is no scientific evidence as of now that proves practising yoga helps to produce antibodies against Corona, so yoga does not give you immunity against Corona. This being said, there are definitely numerous advantages of practising yoga during Corona times. And here are some.
Locked up in your own homes and watching the news, which honestly is sad and depressing, can be an emotional rollercoaster. Anxiety, stress and depression can quickly become a part of your life. It is important to protect not only your physical health but also your mental health during these turbulent times. And Yoga has a solution for both. Practice Mindfulness or Meditation and Pranayama techniques to clear your mind and balance your emotions.
“What does your anxiety do? It does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but it empties today of its strength. It does not make you escape the evil; it makes you unfit to cope with it if it comes.”
- Raymond L. Cramer
Research shows that practising Yoga asanas drains your lymph nodes and boosts immunity. Meditation has the most beneficial effect on the functioning of the immune system, boosting it when needed (for example, raising antibody levels in response to a vaccine) and lowering it when needed (for instance, mitigating it on inappropriately aggressive immune function like psoriasis). One study also found that consistent yoga practises led to a significant increase in serotonin levels and a decrease in the levels of monoamine oxidase and cortisol, which means yoga makes you happier. (1)
“Optimal functioning of the immune system, it turns out, is dependent upon feeling good.” - Marcey Shapiro, Freedom From Anxiety: A Holistic Approach to Emotional Well-Being
3. Sleep Better #innerpeace
A balanced circadian clock is directly linked to a strong immune system, according to John Douillard, best-selling author and founder of LifeSpa.com, which combines ancient Ayurvedic wisdom with modern science. Yoga asanas just before sunset help you to release all the built-up stress from the day and have a good night sleep.
“A well-spent day brings happy sleep.”
- Leonardo da Vinci
4. Keep Calm #relax
Yoga in the West is mostly known for its physical benefits like increased flexibility and muscle strength. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. With practice over time, one can reap the benefits of a balanced emotional state and deeper spiritual awareness.
One can notice that the breath and heartbeat are directly connected to your emotions. Positive and negative emotions cause a change in our breathing patterns and heart rate. For Example, anger, excitement, love, can increase your breath and heart rate. This concept can be reversed and by controlling your breath one can control their mind and emotions. And this can be done using Pranayama.
“The only journey is the journey within.”
- Rainer Maria Rilke
When you can not go outside, go inside. Yoga does not need any equipment or a lot of space. Just a yoga mat. It ticks out all the boxes required for social distancing.
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain."
- Vivian Greene
6. Creates Routine #selfdiscipline
It is easy to get caught up with your office work especially when you are working from home. In high-pressure environments, boundaries between your work and leisure start to blur. Creating structured activities and routines will help you feel more in control of your time and environment. Keep at least an hour for Yoga per day and stick to your schedule.
“A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.”
- Dalai Lama