Yoga lessons for COVID-19 patients: Govt states!

Until the world finds a vaccine to struggle covid-19, the ayush ministry has deliberate yoga lessons for covid-19 sufferers to harness the advantages of the choice remedy.

The novel coronavirus especially attacks the respiratory system, and ‘pranayama’ or breathing exercise helps in strengthening the system, he said in his message on the sixth International Day of Yoga. It was celebrated with great enthusiasm across the country through electronic and digital media, an official statement said.

Mr. Modi said yoga has emerged as a force for unity and it does not discriminate as it is beyond race, color, gender, faith, and nations. “Yoga enhances our quest for a healthier planet. It has emerged as a force for unity and deepens the bonds of humanity. It does not discriminate. It goes beyond race, color, gender, faith, and nations. Anybody can embrace yoga.” 

In his nearly 15-minute address, the Prime Minister said that due to the pandemic, the world was feeling the need for yoga more than ever. “If our immunity is strong, it is of great help in defeating this disease. For boosting immunity, there are several methods in yoga, various ‘asanas’ are there. These ‘asanas’ are such that they increase the strength of the body and strengthen our metabolism,” he said.

The Ayush ministry has received more than 500 applications from the department of science and technology to understand the beneficial aspects of ancient Indian practice, especially for COVID-19 patients. Ministry officials said the government is working on three projects with renowned yoga institutes to arrive at the findings.

“We have deployed 30 instructors in COVID centers run by the Delhi government, who would teach patients yoga for three hours in the morning. Additionally, we have undertaken yoga lessons for COVID-19 patients in the neighboring 11 districts,” said Dr. Ishwar V. Basavaraddi, director, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, Ministry of Ayush. The program is being expanded to cover people who have come in contact with COVID-19 patients like family members, police personnel, medical professionals, etc, he said.

Several researchers have indicated that yoga is a tool for mental and physical well-being. As the focus on boosting immunity grows due to the widespread adverse health effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of this ancient practice is becoming prominent.

The United Nations has also embraced Yoga and 175 out of 193 countries unanimously agreed to celebrate Yoga as an annual International Day.

India as on Friday had recorded more than 1 million COVID-19 cases including 25,671 deaths. Although the country is reporting an increased number of COVID 19 cases following the widening of testing, the ray of hope is the rising recovery rate.

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