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Malaika Arora swears by yoga when it comes to maintaining her health, be it physical or mental. In fact, she practices yoga regularly and her Instagram bio describes her as a ‘yogi’. The Bollywood diva connects with her fans quite often by sharing some of her favourite asanas as a part of the series titled #MalaikasMoveOfTheWeek.
Usually, Malaika shares yoga poses that require energy and flexibility but due to the second wave of coronavirus which has recently hit India, she chose to keep it simple. The beauty raised awareness about anulom vilom, a form of pranayama, which is credited with strengthening immunity and enhancing lung function. These are both benefits that are much-needed during these tough times to improve health.
In the caption of her latest post, Malaika Arora wrote:
“During these tough times, it is very very important to make Pranayama, a part of our daily life and this #MalaikasMoveOfTheWeek let’s do a simple form of Pranayama, Anulom Vilom (Alternate Nostril Breathing Technique) that helps in boosting immunity and improving your lung capacity.”
This form of yoga is extremely simple and yet, super beneficial for your health. The best part is that it can be done at any time and at any place where you’re comfortable.
Step 1: Sit in a relaxing position such as the one taken by Malaika.
Step 2: Keep your back straight.
Step 3: Place the right thumb on the right nostril to block the flow of air. Inhale deeply with the left nostril.
Step 4: Now, hold your breath for a few seconds.
Step 5: Next, place a finger on your left nostril and breathe out from the right nostril.
Malaika Arora specifies in her post that you should, “Start with 6 rounds of Anulom Vilom.” She added that it “should be practised regularly with at least 2 hours of interval before/after having food. You can go up to 21 rounds.”
With this recommendation, Malaika proves that you don’t always have to practise an elaborate workout routine to stay healthy and need to keep it simple. Pranayama, especially Anulom Vilom, has been practised since time immemorial to improve not just physical but also mental health. Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, we highly recommend following Malaika’s advice and practising this form of alternate breathing to keep your lungs healthy and immunity strong.