With the Covid19 pandemic gripping the entire planet it is natural for everyone to feel at least a little nervous and uneasy.
The constant barrage of corona virus news only adds to the fear, creating uncertainty and instability, the perfect environment for anxiety to fester.
While usual coping mechanisms like meeting your friends or simply going for a walk, might not be possible the simple tools of Yoga are the perfect remedy to help calm those nerves.
We’ve put together a list of simple asanas that anyone can be perform, in any space and for however much time you choose.
So change into something comfy and follow this gentle practice to instantly feel a whole lot better about yourself, your environment, and the world as a whole.
Practice the asanas in the order mentioned and hold each asana for 5 to 8 deep breaths; you’re guaranteed to come out of the practice with renewed energy and a sense of peace.
Sukhasana or The Easy Pose
Begin the practice by accepting where you are today, connect with your surroundings and make peace with them.
Pranayama or Breath Control
Focus on your breathing to calm your nerves. The mind is powerful, but the breath is powerful too. Use it to centre the body and calm any distractions.
Balasana or Child's Pose
This posture is calming and a great way to check in with the hips, knees and the spine. Breathe deep and sink deep.
Cat - Cow Pose
When the mind is distracted, any spine work can be super beneficial. These simple poses will loosen the spine and reduce any burden you may feel.
Adho Mukha Svanasana or Downward Facing Dog
Downward facing dog is a great way to quieten the mind and relieve stress. It also activates and energises the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches and hands preparing your body for the practice to come.
Virbhadrasana (Warrior) 1 & 2
The Warrior 1 & Warrior 2 poses are postures that bring energy, confidence and positivity to your mental and physical state. Practice slowly & repeat on each side.
Warrior Pose 1 Warrior Pose 2
Urdhva Mukha Shvanasana or Upward Facing Dog
The gateway to back-bends, this posture makes your spine supple, frees the lungs and opens your heart, filling you up with positivity and gratitude.
Supta Baddha Konasana or Reclining Bound-angle Pose
This pose is highly relaxing and ensures a great stretch in your hips, groin and lower back, the perfect way to close this gentle practice.
Reclining Bound Angle Pose
End the practice with at least 10 breaths of Shavasana or Corpse Pose for the body and mind to cool down and return to a neutral state.
You can even create your very own calming yoga flow by performing these asanas one after the other in the order mentioned above.
You’re guaranteed to come out of this practice with an open body and mind.
About the Author: This article is written by Harneet Jayakar, a Yoga teacher and avid practitioner. Harneet takes a keen interest in understanding the part of the practice that connects the body and the mind i.e. the physical and the spiritual.
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