PRACTICE YOGA TO BOOST MENTAL HEALTH DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Stress, anxiety and depression during COVID-19 have affected mental health. All yogic practices are aimed at enhancing one’s capability to remain stress-free and, as a result, preserve mental health. All of us are born with an inherent skill of being joyous, calm and peaceful. In modern times, being over-ambitious, materialistic and not being realistic masks this natural instinct, forcing us into anxiety and depression. Yoga brings the balance back into our life, helping us to remain mentally and emotionally healthy.

Regular practice of Yoga fosters a harmonious balance between all aspects of health be it physical, mental, social, moral, emotional and spiritual. Awareness of breath in all yogic techniques is the secret behind this. This simple practice of conscious breathing during the practice of Yoga aids in minimizing unwanted thoughts and keeps stress, anxiety and depression at bay. Every procedure that falls under Yoga Kriya, Asana, Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra and Meditation is effective in improving mental health. A sincere effort to perform Yoga systematically is the key. The improvement in mental health is seen as early as 4 – 6 weeks with a consistent Yoga practice.

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Positive Attitude – A Yoga Perspective


A positive attitude in life can help you manage your day to day affairs skilfully. All Yoga techniques help us to a great extent in managing our mind and our thought process, be it the Kriyas like Kapalabhati, Tratakam, Yogasanas, Sun Salutations, Pranayama or even meditation practices.

The practice of Raja Yoga deals with an individual’s mindset at the subtlest level to eradicate any negativity or irrelevant thoughts. Follow the systematic practice of the 8 components of Raja Yoga, namely, Yama (Self Regulating Behavior), Niyama (Personal Practices), Postures, Yogic Breathing, Sensory Withdrawal, Concentration, Meditation and the state of Trance. Shaucha (Cleanliness, Hygiene or Purity) is one of the basic principles included in Niyama, that has been emphasized a lot in the practice of Raja Yoga. The benefits of the practice are immense, both physically and mentally. Personal hygiene and healthy food habits recommended in Shaucha helps prevent infection and boosts immunity during the pandemic. Shaucha brings about Sattva Shuddhi (Clear thinking), Saumansya (a pleasant state of mind), Ekagrata (Focused attention) and Indriya Jaya (sensory control). When Shaucha is diligently followed, it can help enhance one's immunity and assist in maintaining composure, enabling one to manage their physical, mental and emotional health.

4 attitudes that help you stay calm


Sage Patanjali in his Yoda Sutras also speaks of four attitudes that one needs to cultivate to keep themselves calm during a crisis or to resolve issues n a daily basis. These attitudes include:
  • Friendliness (Maithri) towards situation or people who bring about pleasant feelings (Sukha)
  • Compassion (Karuna) for sufferings (Dukkha)
  • A feeling of joy (Muditha) or rejoicing for virtuous things (Punya) around us
  • A sense of neutrality (Upeksha) towards vice (Apunya)

Yogic Cleansing Techniques Can Help Manage Crisis Like COVID-19


If you practice the above four principles with awareness, you will become capable of managing yourself in all aspects during a crisis like COVID.
  • In Yogic cleansing techniques like Kapalabhati, the manipulation of breath induces a thoughtless state, bringing peace in all our activities.
  • Trataka helps to evacuate the pent-up emotions, encouraging a sense of mental wellbeing.
  • Sun salutation is the quickest and easiest way to bring positivity into our life. It improves energy levels by enhancing Prana in the Mind-Body complex.
  • Yoga postures, when done with a focus on breath and movement, increase physical and mental flexibility allowing one to focus on the positive aspect of everything.
  • Yoga techniques like Pranayama (Yogic Breathing) help you to keep calm during any crisis and have a positive outlook on life. Breathing practices influence our thoughts as breath connects the body and mind giving rise to awareness and influencing our responses.
  • Cooling breaths like Sheetali Pranayama, Sheetkari Pranayama, humming bee breath or Bhramari Pranayama, left nostril breathing or Chandra Anuloma Viloma Pranayama help in reducing stress, anxiety and to keep negativity away.
  • Kapalabhati Kriya and Bhastrika Pranayama are excellent practices to increase lung capacity helping in the effective prevention of COVID-19.
  • Breath Awareness is a meditation practice that helps one to be aware of themselves and their surroundings, which, in turn, reduces false expectations. It also helps one to live in the present, contributing to wholesome positive health.

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What is Ayurveda?

Practiced by the great sages of ancient India, Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of holistic medicine defined as Knowledge of Life (Ayu meaning life and Veda meaning knowledge). It describes the healthy and unhealthy state of life (mind and body) and describes the methods of balancing unhealthy conditions. Ayurveda focuses on the wellness of every person as a whole. Since the constitution differs from person to person, the wellness therapies also differ and are unique to every individual.

What is Naturopathy?

Human beings have remarkable recuperative powers that can heal the body on its own without external chemical or surgical interference, which simply suppresses symptoms but does not heal nor remove the root cause of the disease. Naturopathy seeks to heal the body by promoting its own internal processes. Naturopathy gives importance to internal hygienic conditions using healing therapies such as Dietetics, Hydrotherapy, Mud therapy, Reflexology, and Massage, among others.

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a lifestyle, to be incorporated. It includes practices like Kriyas, Asanas, Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra, Meditation etc.

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Reiki is a holistic energy healing technique where certified healer directs universal energy to the person who seeks healing. This restores your emotional, physical and spiritual energy.

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If you choose our all-inclusive package, you will get a well-appointed luxurious room, Ayurvedic therapies, Naturopathic therapies ( hydrotherapy, massage, mud therapy, reflexology, dietetics) yoga sessions, acupuncture, all meals, all amenities, and a personal wellness consultation.

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Our culinary program is based on a wholesome, balanced and portioned diet. All of the food served at YO1 is locally sourced, organic, and sustainable. The ingredients that are used are free of harmful chemicals, alkaline, and genetic modification to create meals that promote an optimum state of health.

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We are located in the tranquil Catskills Mountains in Monticello, New York. Resting on over 1,300 acres of pristine landscape, including the historic and impressive Kutsher property, YO1 is easily accessible and offers guests the fresh air and serenity needed to make the profound changes in their lives that they are seeking.

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