Everybody is afraid of the Coronavirus. Certainly, it is a serious matter and we all should act cautiously. Luckily so far within the region, where the retreat takes place, there haven’t been any severe incidents.
It is still very unlikely that you will be infected with the new corona virus here. Nevertheless, you can do something about viruses as a precaution.
That is how it goes:
Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, with soap and up to the wrist. In addition, unwashed hands should not touch food, the eyes and mouth.
Sneezing properly, which means turning away from other people when coughing and sneezing, but sneeze into the crook of your arm or a handkerchief so that pathogens cannot spread.
Keeping your distance. A distance of about one to two meters from people who cough, sneeze and sniff are recommended.
What else can you do?
Yoga, it will support your immune system!
According to a recent study by the University of Southern California, conducted by Dr. Rael Cahn, Yoga and meditation are two natural remedies for the nervous and immune systems well-being. Besides multiple other health benefits they do not only improve physical fitness, they increase concentration or reduce stress.
The study was conducted with 38 healthy adults, taking a three-month Yoga & meditation retreat including daily meditation sessions, Yoga session as well as vegetarian diet. Before and after the study period tests verifying the participants values regarding stress, immune system, hormonal levels and psychological well-being were taken.
The data showed a reduction of anxiety and depression and at the same time a contribution to improving concentration. Also, they increase BDNF protein and cortisol levels that are being related with a better resistance to stress.
With regards to inflammatory processes, yoga & meditation help reduce levels of substances associated with inflammation. In addition, they improve the immune systems and central nervous systems health.
Dr. Cahn pointed out that it has been the first study to examine a broad spectrum of pro and anti-inflammatory indicators in a healthy population before and after a Yoga meditation session, but the results entitle them to further study Yoga and meditation-based retreats to verify the replicability, specificity and long-term implications of such results.
So, let´s make us strong!