The lockdown has caused many people to suffer from stress and anxiety. But, a little yoga goes a long way in keeping your mental health in check and it is extremely simple as well.
The lockdown due to the spread of COVID-19 has literally thrown us in a state of disarray, affecting our regular routines and schedules.
The uncertainty of the lockdown period along with financial losses and insecurity as well as the suffocation that comes from staying indoors all the time has definitely led to severe stress, anxiety, and even depression.
Many people are using a strenuous home workout to combat this problem. After all, a little amount of self-discipline and the post-workout endorphin rush can surely go a long way in keeping us sane through this problem.
However, we also understand that not all of us have the energy, motivation or the will to follow suit.
So, what if we told you that an easy-breezy yoga practice that takes hardly 5 minutes can really safeguard your mental, emotional, and physical health? Yes, you read that right!
According to celebrity fitness coach and wellness guru, Grandmaster Akshar, the Siddhohum kriya is all you need to stay happy and healthy during these tough times.
“Siddhohum kriya is a yogic practice that includes a meditation technique combined with a simple 5-step asana practice. The ideal time to do it is during sunrise, where each step is to be held for 1 minute while facing eastwards,” he says.
The five asanas involved are:
1. Samasthithi: Softly inhale and exhale naturally while reaffirming yourself by saying, “I am a part of this existence, and I exist eternally in the past, present and the future.”
2. Pranam: Stand straight with your eyes closed, joining your palms in front of your chest while inhaling deeply. Gently bow down and exhale. Hold this position for a minute and get back up. This is just a yogic way of “bowing down to the universe and seeking all its blessings”.
3. Pukar Stithi: This is basically a prayer asking the universe for energy and knowledge. All you’ve got to do is to stand straight with your eyes closed, stretch your arms upwards, spread them at a 45-degree angle, and turn your palms inward. Inhale as you raise your arms up and then, continue to inhale and exhale as you normally would.
4. Prapti Stithi: Stand straight with your eyes closed. Stretch your arms out in front of your chest turning your palms upward in the shape of a cup or a container while inhaling and exhaling normally. Hold this position for a minute and get back to the standing position.
5. Kritagyata: This position is all about offering your gratitude for what you have. So, stand straight with your eyes closed. Place your palms on your heart. Inhale as you raise your arms up and continue the natural-breathing pattern as you hold this position for a minute.
The last word
“When you are at home, any form of unsupervised activity should be done with care. Avoid experimenting with exercises or movements that you are unfamiliar with or that you haven’t done before,” warns Akshar.
The siddhohum kriya can be done easily and without any risks involved. So, what are you waiting for? Get ready for this simple workout to keep yourself mentally and physically healthy during this lockdown.