Fighting Corona according to Yoga

Garudasana

Fighting Corona according to Yoga – Understanding Asanas in Relation to Immune Defence

The corona virus has been a true roller coaster for many. As the growth rate continues to increase, many of us feel scared and insecure about what the future will bring. Especially self-employed companies, artists and small businesses struggle to maintain themselves. Not only existence, job and future fears come up more than ever now, also the fear and worries about catching the virus yourself. If you are struggling to stay grounded and want to find a way to reduce your risk of an infection, this article will help you to understand the necessary yogic practice to keep calm and improve your immune system.

The immune system is our primary defence system that fights any pathogen, bacteria or virus entering the body. The immune system is linked to the brain which coordinates where and which immune cells engulf invading objects. If your immune system is weak, your immune defence may struggle to destroy and fight pathogens and you may easily get sick or infected.

Boosting the immune system is a primary goal during this time. A strong immune system helps you to stay healthy and become less prone to catching the corona virus. A strong and healthy immune system also promotes general mental concentration, balance and physical relaxation.

Not everyone who is in contact with corona patients, gets the corona virus. If you work on improving your body’s defence mechanisms through well-selected asanas and diet, you can avoid getting sick.

During the current global epidemic, we would like to share an asana with you which helps you to boost your immune system and hence fight corona.

Garudasana – The Immune System Booster

Garudasana Gyan Yog Breath

Garudasana comes from the Sanskrit and stands for Eagle Pose. According to yoga, the postures (asanas) are often related to nature or animals like birds and mammals. Ancient sages found out that holding postures resembling animal and bird postures, encourage humans to adapt their strengths and benefits. Every animal has a certain strength and miraculous way to heal.

The eagle has a very strong immune system and can easily digest poison without being harmed by it. Did you know that the eagle can live up to 40 years? While most birds have a much shorter life, the eagle is very strong and its longevity is highly related to its strong immune system. A rooster is about the same size as an eagle but the rooster only lives 5-8 years. By adapting the eagle posture or Garudasana, we are adapting its strengths. But there are a few more physical and energetic reasons explained below.

How else does Garudasana improve your immune system?

The Posture in Relation to Emotional Blockages

In this picture, you can see all the main Emotional blockage points. In Garudasana (on the right), especially the legs and arm points are stimulated.

Emotional Blockage Treatment Gyan Yog Breath

In Garudasana, you apply pressure to all the main Emotional Blockage points located at the calves, thighs, arms and hands. This automatically helps you to release accumulated energy blockages so that the energy can flow regularly again all the way to the brain which coordinates all defence mechanisms. Imagine a blocked pipe which metaphorically represents your energy channels (nadis). If you unblock them, the water can flow with pressure again and follow its regular direction.

Instructions on how to perform Garudasana

  1. Stand on your mat with your feet together
  2. Bend the right leg and twist it around the left leg
  3. The right thigh should be in front of the thigh and the top of the right foot should rest on the calf of the left leg
  4. Bend the elbows and them in front of your chest
  5. Twist the forearms around each other with the left elbow remaining below
  6. Place the palms together to resemble an eagle’s beak
  7. Balance here for some time and then slowly bend the left knee
  8. Lower the body while keeping your back straight
  9. Focus on one pint to keep the balance
  10. Hold this posture for as long as comfortable and then repeat with the legs and arms the opposite way.

Overview of the Benefits of Garudasana

  • Stimulates more than 15 Emotional Blockage Points
  • Improves the Immune System
  • Increases the sense of balance
  • Improves concentration
  • Strengthens the muscles and loosens the joints of the shoulders, arms and legs

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