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Yoga practice tactic to fight against Covid-19, other deadly diseases

YOGA and Ayurveda are two interrelated branches of the same great tree of Vedic knowledge that encompasses all of human life and the entire universe.

In this regard, it is important to understand the respective roles of Ayurveda and Yoga. Yoga and Ayurveda are not merely two separate, but related healing disciplines of India. Each has its unique place and function, but each overlaps the other at various levels.

Vedic knowledge is the ancient science of the seers and yogis of India designed to show the inner workings of the universe and of one’s own consciousness.

It has touched all aspects of healing, science, art and culture, said High Commissioner of India to Tanzania Sanjiv Kohli this week when briefing journalists on the commemoration of International Day of Yoga (IDY) taking place tomorrow.

He noted that Yoga— particularly in its formation through the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Ayurveda is a Vedic system developed specifically for healing purposes. All Vedic sadhana or spiritual practices involve some form of Yoga practice.

“Ayurveda addresses all aspects of medicine, including diet, herbs, drugs, surgery, bodywork, and its own special clinical procedures like panchakarma. It brings in ritual, mantra, and meditation for healing the mind. In addition, it provides lifestyle recommendations for health, longevity, and disease prevention as well as special methods for rejuvenation of body and mind.”

“It includes the practices of Yoga from asana and pranayama to mantra and meditation as part of its healing tools,” he said, adding that: “Yoga texts are discussions of the pranas, senses, mind, nadis, and chakras, discussion of the inner self and nature of consciousness, as well as the types of samadhi or inner absorption.

Disease is addressed briefly in some Yoga texts as it is regarded as one of the main obstacles to Yoga practice.” In a nut shell, he said, health experts tell that Yoga is a wholesome exercise that keeps the body and mind healthy. Modern Yoga has defined itself primarily in terms of asanas or physical postures.

These are usually taught en masse in exercise classes for people primarily seeking physical well-being. Yoga therapy or Yoga Chikitsa is a new, popular, and powerful movement in Yoga today. Yoga therapy, following the asana as Yoga model, consists primarily of an adaptation of asanas or asana styles to treat disease and improve health.

There are several instances that recorded the gradual increase in the immunity in the body and resistance to diseases by the practice of yoga and breathing techniques such as pranayama. Humans find new hope in this traditional Indian knowledge to carry out its fight against modern lifestyle diseases and also pandemic like Covid-19.

People regardless of age, gender, nationality, colour and creed stand united today in the fight against Coronavirus disease. Considering the importance of keeping the body immune system strong, it is imperative that people spend their time wisely by practicing Yoga.

The practice of Yogasanas and meditation provides natural support to the immune system. By lowering stress hormones in the body, yoga fortifies the immune system. Apart from this, Yoga conditions the lungs and respiratory tract, stimulates the lymphatic system removing toxins from the body, and ensures the optimal functioning of human organs.

“Yoga can be practised anywhere and at any time because it does not need any equipment such as weights, or machines. When a person begins the day with Yoga, it keeps him/her active, energetic, positive and clear-headed. Follow a regular practice of these basic asanas, meditation techniques along with a nutritious diet to emerge stronger, and healthier,” advised the Envoy, adding: “It is important to reintegrate Yoga and Ayurveda in order to bring out the full healing and spiritual potential of each. Bringing Ayurveda into Yoga provides a yogic and Vedic system of medicine to allow for the full healing application of all aspects of Yoga.”

It provides a diagnosis and treatment in harmony with Yoga philosophy, as well as a diet and herbal treatment. Ayurveda provides the appropriate lifestyle recommendations for Yoga practice, as well as the background to unfold the full healing potential of all aspects of Yoga.

Yoga provides the spiritual and psychological basis for Ayurveda and its higher applications. However, following global spread of pandemic, this time people will celebrate IDY through virtual Sessions, according to the High Commissioner.

The Commission will at 8am upload the Common Yoga Protocol of the Yoga Day in its social platforms. Themed ‘Ghar Ghar se Yoga – Yoga from Home’, the virtual sessions will be attended through the Facebook of High Commission of India: https://www.facebook. com/IndiaInTanzania/ and Facebook page of SVCC: https://www.facebook.com/ Swami-Vivekananda-Cultural- Centre-Dar-es-Salaam- 582559985117910/ “All yoga enthusiasts are requested to follow streaming video and do Yoga remaining at home.

They can do Yoga with Family members at one’s convenience from 21-28 June 2020. It is advised everyone to like our Facebook pages and also send a text or WhatsApp message to +255682319013 on details like name, place and number of persons participated. They can also mention these details in comment section of the Facebook,” said Mr Kohli.

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