Alia Bhatt’s yoga trainer shares 6 asanas to beat post Covid-19 anxiety

If you are suffering post Covid-19 anxiety, try these 6 yoga poses suggested by celebrity trainer Anshuka Parwani, and see the difference!
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Try these yoga poses to feel calmer. Image courtesy: Instagram/ Anshuka Yoga
Team Health Shots Updated: 30 Oct 2023, 13:09 pm IST
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Anyone who has gone through the ordeal already, knows that the post Covid-19 phase is another struggle altogether. The virus can leave you with long-lasting effects that can hamper aspects of your daily life and well-being, leading you to worry more. If you are looking for ways to beat post Covid-19 stress and anxiety, celebrity yoga trainer Anshuka Parwani has 6 effective asanas to suggest.

Anshuka, who has celebrity clients such as Alia Bhatt and Kareena Kapoor Khan, has been in news lately as she trained actress Deepika Padukone to play a yoga instructor in her latest film. The fitness expert took to her Instagram page to share her set of yoga suggestions to fans “with the hope that it might help someone”.

“While the pandemic seems to be on its way out, it has left us with underlying stress and anxiety. Having had Covid-19 twice myself and being in recovery I have faced bouts of anxiety leading to breathlessness and the occasional panic attacks,” shared Anshuka in her post.

She leaned on yoga and breath work to pull through the ordeal. According to Anshuka, whether your anxiety may have been induced by Covid-19 or another reason, these yoga asanas can be practiced to manage the stress.

Before we find out which 6 asanas does Anshuka recommend for handling post Covid-19 anxiety and stress, let’s take a look at how they can benefit you.

Benefits of yoga asanas for post Covid-19 anxiety and stress

* These asanas regulate the thyroid gland which results in removing emotional complications due to imbalanced work of this gland.

* They reduce stress by improving blood circulation

* They calm the brain and improve central nervous system functioning, which assists in alleviating stress as well as mild depression.

For the best results, do these yoga asanas daily and then slowly build up, suggests the expert.

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Make the post Covid-19 anxiety fly away by doing the butterfly pose! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Yoga asanas to relieve post Covid-19⁣ anxiety and stress:

1. Butterfly pose (Baddhakonasana)

As the name suggests, the butterfly asana involves you moving both your legs in a way that they appear to be like a butterfly flapping its wings. You have to tuck both the feet close to the pelvis area, and keep your hands clasped tightly together.


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2. Cow pose (Bitilasana)

The cow pose can give your spine a good stretch. It is a simple and effective asana. Apart from being great for the body, this pose can help you increase focus and mental strength. Experts specifically suggest this asana to relieve people from backache as well as stress.

3. Cat pose (Marjaryasana)

Usually done as a part of a flow with the cow pose, the cat pose is a great asana to warm up the body and stretch the spine too. It boosts coordination and brings you mental stability, apart from improving blood circulation.

4. Forward Fold (Paschimottanasana)

A seated forward bend, this asana will give you a chance to stretch your upper body over the seated lower half. How does it help? Well, it gives your entire body a nice stretch. Besides adding flexibility to your body, it can bring a sense of calm to your mind.

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Do the legs up pose right, and take support from a wall! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. Legs up (Viparati Karani) ⁣

This is a yoga pose that can beat post Covid-19 stress, especially if you do it before you go to sleep. Beyond its apparent effect in stretching out the back of your neck, it has healing effects for anxiety and other nagging health issues such as arthritis, digestive issues, sleep deprivation, migraines and more.

6. Bridge pose (Setubandhasana)⁣

The name explains how this yoga asana is all about making a bridge with your back. It opens up your back, and is great for beginners. This yoga pose can also take stress away from you.

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