The coronavirus pandemic has spanned most of 2020, a period so long that it is understandable that some people may need help to keep calm and be patient with quarantine.
Practicing yoga is one of the things that can help us in this aspect, has recommended the United Nations (UN), which in a publication where Jon Witt, a yoga teacher for two decades in Asia and the United States and a specialist in yoga therapeutic, explained that this discipline is ideal to maintain calm and good spirits during these crisis contexts, thanks to its very reflective nature.
“When you practice yoga, whether it’s five, twenty or sixty minutes, during that time you don’t think about the pandemic, you don’t discuss with someone in the family or you feel loneliness; you feel connected. It can be through a video in
YouTube or receiving live instructions through a digital platform, it is a positive distraction and is very pleasant and restorative by nature, “he said.
In addition to being advantageous in the mental and emotional aspect, yoga also brings multiple benefits to our physical health. The MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia states that yoga is believed to improve overall fitness, as well as contribute to good posture and flexibility. And, in addition, it lists all the following merits that this discipline would have: it can reduce blood pressure and heart rate, help to relax and reduce stress, improve coordination, greater concentration, sleep better, faster digestion, calm anxiety and relieve back pain.
However, the National Institutes of Health in the United States indicate that there are several studies whose results suggest that yoga could be used for all that and more, but that more research is needed to definitively corroborate them.
In this regard, Dr. Pamela Jeter, an expert of the entity in yoga research, explains that “there have been several investigations for different medical problems, but there is not enough to say with certainty.”
In that sense, he points out that research has suggested, for example, that yoga could help with some medical problems, such as reducing pain and symptoms of menopause. And in studies of older adults and people with cancer, it improved their sleep.
Jeter adds that it is also unclear what specific part of yoga is the one that brings the health benefits, since this sport combines physical, mental and spiritual elements.
“There are many components to yoga. We don’t know what the active ingredient is (causing the effects), ”Jeter emphasizes.
However, he says that there are studies that are analyzing whether yoga is useful for specific groups of people. For example, they are investigating whether yoga can help mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
If someone wants to practice yoga for a specific health problem, the expert recommends preferring a yoga therapist.
“Yoga therapists have more extensive training than is required by a normal yoga teacher. They are trained to work with different problems and, for the most part, they work individually or in small groups, ”he says.