Five Pranayama for fighting Covid19 - Dr. Ajay Singh

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 attacks the lungs and respiratory system, sometimes resulting in significant damage. COVID-19 often leads to pneumonia and even acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a severe lung injury.
Dr. Ajay, Programme Officer Regional Hospital Solan explains how Covid patient can recover by doing pranayama

Five Pranayama for fighting Covid19 - Dr. Ajay Singh, RH Solan

1. Bhastrika Pranayama :

  • Sit in a comfortable Asana.
  • Breathe in through both the nostrils, till the lungs are full and diaphragm is stretched.
  • Then breathe out gently.
  • Take deep breaths and then completely breathe out.
  • There should be inhalation of 2½ seconds and exhalation of 2½ seconds in a rhythmic flow. Doing it non-stop, one can do bhastrika pranayama 12 times in one minute. Practice this pranyama for 2 minutes atleast and 5 minutes maximum.

2. Kapal Bhati Pranayama

  • Sit comfortably with your spine erect.
  • Place your hands on the knees and fold your fingers in any one mudra. Take a deep breath in.
  • Expel the air as forcefully as you are comfortable with through the nose.
  • This should cause the abdominal muscles to contract sharply and should draw the abdomen inwards towards the spine.
  • Let the inhalation be on its own, focus on exhalation.
  • Right after the passive inhalation, exhale again forcefully and continue at a steady rhythm.
  • As you exhale, pull your stomach. Pull your navel in back towards the spine. Do as much as you comfortably can.

3. Anulom Vilom Pranayama

  • Raise your right hand and with its thumb close the right nostril (pingla nadiand while closing the left nostril use the ring finger and middle finger of the right hand.
  • Closing the right nostril with the right hand thumb, we should gently fill the breath inside through the left nostril.
  • When the inhalation is complete, we should close the left nostril with the ring finger and middle finger of the right hand and exhale completely through the right nostril. do this procedure non-stop, i.e. inhaling through the left nostril and exhaling through the right nostril, and then inhaling through the right nostril and exhaling through the left nostril.
  • Do it for 5-10 minutes.

4. Bharamari Pranayama

  • Close ears with thumb, index finger on forehead, and rest three on base of nose touching eyes, keep the mind centred on the medullary plexus (ajna- cakra). Now, humming like a bee and resonating 'OM', breathe out. Repeat this procedure for atleast 5 times.

5. Pranav Pranayama / Meditaton

  • After doing all the Pranayamas, concentrate your mind on inhalation and exhalation, and meditate upon udgitha(OM) with your prana.

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