Yoga: An inseparable part of Life

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An international yoga day is an annual event that has its roots in an Indian context but is commemorated every year on 21 June 2021.

International Yoga Day is about soothing the body, mind and soul, as yoga is an ancient Indian tradition combining bodily agility with mental relaxation techniques. This year, the theme for the event is “Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family” which is emphasising the importance of maintaining good health, but keeping in mind the current situation of the covid 19 pandemics around the world the theme also focuses on the slogan “stay home stay safe”.

With International Yoga Day just gone by, let’s take a moment to recognise the positive effects of this holistic practice that is most visible: Skin. It’s a known fact that facial yoga does wonders to your face. It relaxes, tones and gives a natural boost to the skin, while simultaneously resetting your facial muscles. 

YOGA AND COVID-19

The series of Yoga asanas being imparted to COVID-19 asymptomatic patients or those with mild symptoms help reduce stress and anxiety besides enhancing immunity, say doctors attending on infected patients here. Yoga has numerous benefits including improving respiratory and cardiac efficiency. “The greatest advantage is that it keeps them occupied and considerably reduces their stress and anxiety,” says a doctor at a COVID Care Centre(CCC) at Saidapet.

Yoga and naturopathy treatments are being provided at over 150 COVID care centres in the state in addition to an Ayurveda CCC and 50 Siddha CCCs.

The COVID-19 positive patients are provided Siddha medicines: Kabasura kudineer, Nilavembu kudineer, Amukkara Choornam, Nellikkai leggiyam, Notchi kudineer, Thalisathi Vadagam, Brahmananda bhairavam, Adathodai Manapagu. At the Siddha CCC, patients are provided immune-enhancing nutritious foods, daily practice of Yoga with Pranayama and meditation, Siddha fumigation, gargling and stream therapy. Early morning wakeup and bedtime relaxing music apart, the centre provides psychological counselling. Television, mini libraries with magazines are provided to keep the patients otherwise engaged.

YOGA AND LITERACY 

Yoga might have received worldwide acceptance as a useful alternative to physical activity for all age groups with the potential to prevent non-communicable diseases, but it finds few takers in the State Capital.

The study conducted by the Community Medicine Department of the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital on the Epidemiology of Yoga among the Urban Population found that participation of women in yoga was more compared to men

Professor in the Department of Community Medicine Dr E Venkata Rao said the level of education had an important role to play in people to accept and practise yoga. “people belonging to higher socio-economic strata were less likely to participate in yoga but those who practised it were physically active and eager to take part in all other forms of physical activity,” he said. 

While recommending the spread of the practice of yoga for better impact in controlling non-communicable diseases, the study claimed the post-Covid chronic sequels can be ameliorated by yoga.

The study was conducted by three researchers – Dr Satyajit Mohanty, Dr Sandeep Kumar Panigrahi and Dr Jyotiranjan Sahoo with a sample size of around 1200 people in Bhubaneswar, recently ranked among the top four liveable Capital cities of the country.   

FINDINGS

Just 17 per cent people practised asanas or pranayama or dhyana

Only 10.7 per cent practised all the yoga techniques

49 per cent of physicians in Bhubaneswar prescribed yoga to patients

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