Your Health

Currently, many local studios are closed, upcoming events/festivals have been postponed or canceled, and we’ve been directed to distance ourselves from social settings or, in some cases, shelter in place.

During this difficult time, when social distancing has become required or recommended, IKYTA advises that all in-person yoga instruction be suspended until the need for physical distancing has passed.

We continue to stress the importance of preventing the spread of infection and share the following information being circulated by healthcare officials:

  • Avoid getting closer than six feet to anyone;
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that has 60-95% alcohol. This is especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow if you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash, and then wash your hands;
  • Stay home if you are sick;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly;
  • Monitor the WHO and CDC websites for travel advisories and follow their recommendations.

Questions or personal concerns regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) should be directed to your local healthcare provider.

There is an overwhelming amount of information circulating online, in the news, and on social media regarding the novel coronavirus, the disease it causes (COVID-19), and overarching health and safety precautions. It can be difficult to weed through various sources of information. Thus, IKYTA highly recommends the websites below for the most up-to-date guidance:

The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.

– Hippocrates –

Coronavirus: What to Do! – A Four-Part Series (live and pre-recorded)

Join Dr. Shanti Shanti Kaur in this four part webinar series as she strengthens our collective immunity with specific information about viruses and how to strengthen the immune response in the face of pandemics. Dr. Khalsa has unique perspectives from her work as an early pioneer in the field of HIV healthcare and her specialization of teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation to people with chronic or life-threatening illness and their family members.

What this series will give you:

  • Four Hours of cutting edge health knowledge
  • How to turn on vagal tone to strengthen immune response
  • Cold depression; how to have victory and happiness in the face of isolation
  • Treating viral conditions successfully using yogic methods
  • How to free yourself from the crushing fatigue of crisis & computer

Preventive Protocol for Adults

Compiled by Hari Simran, CAS, PKS

Note: As everyone is different with unique constitutions, be sure to check with your practitioner or doctor if you are already taking herbs, supplements, or medications.


Gargle with salt and turmeric right after being outside or as a routine every morning (especially if you feel a tickle or tightness in the throat.

Clean Your Mouth:

After brushing your teeth, be sure to use a tongue scraper. Following brushing your teeth and tongue scraping, drink a cup of warm-hot water first thing in the AM.

Clean Your Nasal Passages and Stay Moisturized:

Neti pot with warm salt water followed by oil in the nose. Just a bit to keep the inside lubricated. (I like almond oil, but you can use any).


Keeping stress low is super important. Get very good sleep and try to be in nature daily. Develop a daily routine that serves you in a healthy and supportive way.

Breathing & Meditation:

It is very important to keep the lungs healthy. Pranayama practices are highly recommended on a daily basis. Suggestions – do each for 1-3 minutes

Alternate Nostril Breathing following by Breath of Fire and ending with Long Deep Breathing.

Some Form of daily Exercise to Move the Lymph:

For example, yoga, walking, dance, gardening, etc.


Keep a very clean diet with lots of fruit and vegetables and whole grains. The fresh fruits and veggies will up your Vitamin C levels as well. Have cooked foods over raw foods like salads, smoothies, etc.


Minimize or totally stay off of cold, dairy like cold milk and ice cream, or cheese. These taken cold or in abundance can suppress the digestive fire and create mucus.

Completely Avoid:

Iced/cold beverages. This is very important to stay warm and keep the lungs and digestive system clear. Have room temperature or warm/hot water throughout the day. Stay hydrated.

Other Foods/Beverages and Substances to Avoid:

Refined sugar, refined flours, alcohol, smoking in any form.

Include Spices and Teas:

Add cardamom to tea/coffee. This is really good for the chest/lungs and digestion. Include ginger, peppermint, eucalyptus, chamomile, cinnamon, cardamom, fennel, oregano, thyme, turmeric, cumin, garlic (fresh and cooked).