Studios and gyms are closed till further notice in many countries but it doesn't mean you cannot exercise. You can bring practising yoga in your daily routine. Especially during social distancing and quarantine, it can help in many ways like to reduce anxiety, managing stress levels, boosting immunity, and maintaining shape. Medical News Today's article says that in the USA, the percentage of people doing yoga has increased from 9.5% to 14.3% in adults and 3.1% to 8.4% in children. However, here are the benefits of practising yoga during social-distancing.
Benefits Of Yoga During Social Distancing
Boosts immunity and lymph
When we move organs around, stretch muscles, and do other yoga exercises, we come to maximise the drainage of lymph. It boosts our immunity and prepares the lymphatic system to fight with infections, dispose of the toxic waste, and destroy cancerous cells. Practice the following yoga:
- Sitting and Breathing
- Half Lord of the Fishes
- Fish Pose
- Forward Fold etc.
Tight hamstrings can be the main cause of back pain and inflexibility in connective tissues and muscles like ligaments and fascia that can lead to poor posture. Bringing flexibility in the body is one of the various benefits of yoga. Initially, you will notice that many people are unable to touch their toes or do a backbend. But practising yoga regularly helps in making impossible things possible. People will notice that pains and aches have disappeared.
Builds strong muscle
Strong muscles are not only required to look good but also protect people from conditions such as back pain, arthritis, etc. Many people prefer to go to the gym to build their muscles but strengthening body muscles through yoga adds flexibility to it. You can practice yoga poses like Bridge Pose, Triangle Pose, Warrior 1 Pose, Cobra Pose, Crow Pose, and Headstand to build strong muscles.
Prevents joint breakdown and cartilage
Whenever people do yoga, they take their joints to its full range of motion which prevents disability and degenerative arthritis. Joint cartilage is similar to a sponge; it gets fresh and healthy nutrients only when its fluids are extracted so that fresh supplies can be soaked.
Prevents spine problems
Yoga can be the most effective tool for those who have lower back pain problems. Yoga practice helps in strengthening and stretching muscles that support the spine and back muscles like multifidus muscles and paraspinal muscles. The best yoga posture to prevent the spine and back-pain problems can be the extended triangle pose, Locust pose, Sphinx Pose, Cat-Cow, etc.
Gives a better bone health
It has been said that weighing exercises help strengthen bones and avoid osteoporosis. In yoga, there are many postures in which a person can lift his/ her weight. For example – Pilates, Bridge Pose, Corpse Pose, and more. This yoga poses help strengthen the leg bones, thigh bones, arm bones, etc. The California State University, Los Angeles, has conducted a study that is not published yet says that yoga practices maximise the density of the bone in the vertebrae. Also, it is capable to lower the level of the stress hormone cortisol.
Manages the blood pressure
People having high blood pressure can surely get benefitted from yoga. It is also proved in a circulated journal published in the British Medical Journal the Lancet, where two people with hypertension were kept under observation. One was just lying on a couch and the other was doing Corpse Pose. After three months, the Corpse Pose had a 26-point drop in his systolic blood pressure while others were noticed that he had an only 15-point drop in diastolic blood pressure. Thus, it can be said that yoga is also helpful in managing blood pressure.
Helps to stay focused
An important feature of practising yoga regularly is it helps you stay focused and concentrate better. Yoga improves reaction time, coordination, IQ level, and memory. Practice like Transcendental Meditation develops the ability to solve problems quickly and easily. Also, they recall and acquire information in a better way.
These are not the only benefits that one can have by practising Yoga, it can do wonders for your mind and body. Especially, when there is so much chaos outside due to Coronavirus, give strength to yourself from within by making Yoga a habit. Utilise this quarantine time by showing love to yourself with Yoga.
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