The omicron variant has caused an increase in the number of Covid cases and hundreds of thousands of Britons are stranded at home in isolation. If you’re good enough to move, you may benefit from gentle movements to calm anxiety and clear your airways. Express.co.uk spoke with Chatty Dobson, yoga teacher and owner of FLEX Chelsea to find out the four best yoga poses for coronavirus.
Yoga is an exercise that requires very little space, so it makes sense to choose it if you are isolated in a room with the coronavirus.
There is no pressure to exercise while you are sick, but if you are desperate to stretch and move your body, then yoga might be the best thing for you right now.
Yoga teacher and Flex Chelsea owner Chatty Dobson said: âI think it’s a good idea for people with mild illness to do yoga at home, only if they feel up to it.
“However, if they feel up to it, it’s up to the person, everyone is different.”
Whether you have Covid or not, yoga is great for all respiratory issues.
Chatty explained, âYoga connects your breathing with movement and makes you breathe more deeply and dilate your airways.
“It doesn’t matter whether you are doing pure asanas (practicing movement) or just sitting with one hand on your heart and one on your stomach, all types of yoga are useful for breathing.”
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The four best yoga positions for Covid
If you’ve contracted coronavirus, heart openers such as gentle backbends might help you feel better.
Chatty said: âEven though you don’t have Covid, it’s winter so we’re cold and we’re snuggling up to protect our organs.
âIt shuts everything down and also makes us feel vulnerable and shy.
âWe want to open our shoulders and our lungs, so try to sit down and grab the opposing elbows behind your back.
âThen lower your forearms toward your butt or toward the floor (if you’re more flexible in your shoulders, you can do the same but intertwine your fingers behind your back). “
For anxiety, sitting down and breathing is the easiest thing to do.
Chattie said, âYour inspiration is your Yang (active) and your exhalation is your Yin (calming).
âCount your breaths and make your exhale longer than your inhale, as this will calm you down more.
âYou can do this in your bed, against a wall, or on a chair, just make sure you’re as straight as possible.
âKeep your hands on your knees or place one hand on your heart and the other on your stomach, whichever is more comfortable.
“Inhale slowly for a count of four, exhale for a slow count to six, and continue for as long as possible.”
Greetings to the sun
Following a simple sun salutation is also good for anxiety, Chatty said.
She explained, âSun salutations become just a moving meditation when you repeat the steps, so once you’ve done it two or three times you kind of forget what you were doing.
âIf you focus on the breath and the movement, you get into the rhythm and the flow so that it can take your mind off your mind. “
Look up the sun salutation on Youtube and follow it, if you are a beginner.