Can Pranayama Help us Fight COVID-19? Let’s Find Out!
While the effects of coronavirus and its variants are still being studied, we all are aware that it affects the lungs, as it is a severe acute respiratory syndrome. So, when the lungs are getting affected severely, it is essential to take care of them. And whenever we talk about the well-being of the lungs, we cannot avoid talking about pranayama.
"Everyone including Baba Ramdev has suggested starting your day with pranayama for healthy lungs, even if you are not affected by this deadly virus. Practicing breathing exercises have been floating all over social media, however, there are no studies that pranayama can save you from COVID-19."
Why to inculcate Pranayama in your daily schedule?
Yoga and pranayama are ancient healing techniques that have gained popularity long before the COVID-19 pandemic. More and more people have turned to the practice of yoga to boost the immune system, relax the mind, fight obesity, and so on. The benefits are countless, but several studies have back up the idea that regular practice of pranayama can help increase lung capacity and manage health conditions that can put you at the risk of contracting COVID-19. Regular practice of pranayama or breathing techniques can make the lungs more efficient. Even the patients who are hospitalized can practice pranayama to boost their lungs and overall health. So, here are some of the pranayama you can try every day to fight COVVID-19 in a better way.
Anulom Vilom: Anulom Vilom is a specific type of controlled breathing exercise in the practice of yoga. To perform, choose a meditation pose. Sit with your spine straight and close your eyes. Clear your mind of everything outside. Fold your middle and index fingers of your right hand towards your palm. Place your thumb on the right nostril and your ring finger on the left one. Close your right nostril and inhale through the left nostril slowly and deeply. Focus on your breathing. Release the thumb and close your left nostril with your ring finger. Exhale slowly through the right nostril. Now do it in reverse and repeat several times.
Kapal Bhati: It is another important pranayama and has several benefits. To perform, sit comfortably with your spine erect. Place your hands on the knees and you’re your palms open. Take a deep breath and clear your mind. As you exhale, pull your navel inwards as much as you comfortably can. As you ease the navel and abdomen, the breath will flow into the lungs. Repeat 20 times to complete one round of Kapal Bhati Pranayama. Keep in mind that the air has to be exhaled vehemently and taken in gradually.
Bhramari: Bhramari Pranayama is effective when you need to calm down the mind instantly. To perform, sit up straight in a quiet place with your eyes closed. Place the index fingers on the cartilage of your ears. Take a deep breath in and while breathing out, softly press the cartilage and make a loud humming sound like a bee.
Breathe in again and continue the same pattern.
Ujjayi: Ujjayi Pranayama is known to increase oxygen consumption. To perform, take a deep breath and try to hold it for as long as you can. Close the right nostril and breathe out from the left nostril. By doing this asana, you can keep your lungs healthy.
Nadi Shuddhi: Nadi Shuddi is another amazing pranayama that is known to be effective in COVID-19. To perform, sit in any comfortable place. The spine should be erect, the body and mind relaxed and the eyes closed. Place the left hand on the knee. Using your right hand, place your thumb on the right nostril and ring and little finger on the left nostril. Inhale and exhale naturally once through both nostrils. Close the right nostril by using your thumb and breathe in through the left nostril. Now close the left one with the ring finger, then move the thumb and breathe out through the right nostril. It is similar to Anulom Vilom, but there is no need to hold the breath in Anulom Vilom, whereas, in Nadi Shuddhi, you need to hold the breath inside for as long as possible.
Pranayama when done correctly and regularly, not only help your lungs to stay healthy but also offer a wide range of physical and mental health benefits. In these tough times, pranayama is an easy and natural way to fight COVID-19.