With the onset of the Covid – 19 pandemic and the social distancing measures, most people are stuck inside their houses with minimal physical activity. For those living with no family members around, the constant fear of getting the virus may cause mental health issues. Moreover, the financial distress due to job losses is at an all-time high. At a time like this, people are more susceptible to developing mental health issues because of the constant lockdowns, isolation and financial struggles. Psychologists, therapists and psychiatrists from around the globe have already warned us about the rise in depression and anxiety during such uncertain times so, we must search for methods to combat this increase.
Yoga has been a part of Indian culture since ancient times and, now it has spread its wings across the world. Yoga and meditation have been examined as possible methods to reduce anxiety and depression since the 1970s. There are various kinds of yoga, from mild and gentle to vigorous types. A form of yoga is available for most people, no matter their current level of fitness.
Hatha Yoga Hatha yoga takes one pose at a time and includes a mix of asana (poses), pranayama (breathing exercises), and meditation. The techniques in Hatha Yoga are said to cleanse the body systems and focus the mind in preparation for chakra and kundalini practices. It is recommended for those who want to start yoga but are not sure where to begin. It is also ideal for those who want to try out a gentler type of yoga compared to power yoga.
Vinyasa Flow – In Vinyasa flow, the poses are synchronized with the breath in a continuous rhythmic flow. Vinyasa Flow is faster paced and is known for its fluid movement between poses. It is perfect for anyone from anywhere in their fitness journey.
Power Yoga – Power yoga is usually more active and done at a quicker pace than other styles of yoga. It increases flexibility as well as strengthens the muscles. The variation of sequences keeps the brain engaged while you work all muscle groups in the body.
Kundalini Yoga – Kundalini yoga consists of yoga sequences designed to reduce stress and negative thinking. This is done by challenging both mind and body with chanting, singing, meditation, and kriyas. Kundalini yoga is often practised by people searching for a physical and spiritual experience.
The benefits of practising yoga on a regular basis are endless. It improves flexibility, balance and physical strength and include physical activity in a person’s life that is good for their physical health and mental health. Experts and various studies show that physical and mental health are not two separate entities, rather are both extremely important for a healthy life. Even just doing 10 minutes of yoga a day has its health benefits and shows a decrease in levels of stress and anxiety. Yoga also promotes lower blood pressure, reduction in heart rate and could help with digestion problems. With more studies taking place about yoga as a stress buster, the evidence of the benefits of yoga is only increasing. Thus, practising yoga is a perfect approach to improving health that anyone can employ in their lives.