“Your body exists in the past and your mind exists in the future. In yoga , they come together in the present.”

April 7th of each year marks the celebration of World Health Day. From its inception at the first Health Assembly in 1948 and since taking effect in 1950, the celebration has aimed to create awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern by the World Health Organization.

On the occasion of World Health Day 2021, the WHO has called for an action to eliminate health inequalities around the world with the theme ‘Building a fairer, healthier world for everyone’.

Yoga is a very essential topic to discuss on this World Health Day , as the whole world is battling a deadly pandemic in the form of Covid 19. The disease , lock-down , quarantine , isolation has not just affected the economy and social life of people worldwide , but has majorly hampered our general health as well . The situation  calls for  more sustainable and  affordable health practices .

Yoga  is an ancient art that connects the mind and body. It is an exercise that we perform by balancing the elements of our bodies. In addition, it helps us meditate and relax. It is a great channel for releasing our stress and anxiety.

Ancient people were used to practicing yoga and meditation in their daily routine , leading a healthy and robust life. However practicing yoga has declined day by day in this  mechanical,  monotonous and stressful environment. We are  forgetting  the advantages of practicing yoga every day. Yoga is a therapy that helps us to get rid of many physical and mental illnesses slowly if we practice  regularly.

  • Yoga improves our flexibility.
  • It builds our muscle strength and also protects us from conditions like arthritis and back pain.
  • Practicing yoga regularly helps us in maintaining good health.
  • It prevents cartilage and joint breakdown and betters our bone health.
  • In many postures and asanas in yoga we lift our own body weight that strengthens our arm bones.
  • Yoga also helps in our blood circulation, especially in hands and feet. It gets more oxygen to our cells.
  • Yoga also boosts levels of hemoglobin and red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the tissues.
  • It lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
  • Yoga not only has  physical health benefits but also has good effects on  mental health .
  • The important component of yoga is focus and sharpening the mind.
  • Yoga also gives us a peace of mind. In other words, it slows down our anger, fear and stress.

There are many different types of Yoga Asanas which have their own  benefits , just to mention a few :

  1. Sukhasana or Easy Pose: Is the best to reduce anxiety, stress and mental tiredness.
  2. Naukasana or Boat Pose: Stretches the abdominal muscles and it improves digestion and reduces belly fat.
  3. Dhanurasana or Bow Pose: It helps in weight loss and boosts digestion and blood circulation.
  4. Kakasana or Crow Pose: Makes the body and mind feel light.
  5. Bhujangasana or Cobra Stretch: Helps people dealing with arthritis of the lower back and lower back pains. It relieves menstrual problems.
  6. Halasana or Plough Pose: Best asana to tackle obesity .By revitalizing the internal organs, it can cure indigestion, constipation and neck arthritis stiffness.
  7. Sarvangasana or Shoulder Stand: It aims to reduce insomnia, depression and mental anxiety.
  8. Shirsasana or Headstand: Improves blood circulation, gives strength to the respiratory system, and improves concentration and memory.

Pranayama : practice of breath control , helps in mind control , improves concentration

Practice of yoga is beneficial for all the dimensions of health, i.e. physical, mental, social, and spiritual and at the same time promotes harmony with nature and helps in conserving environment. Yoga  grants easy access to fitness & health ,which is affordable and can be practiced by one and all – building a fairer and healthier world for everyone .world health day 2021 mvm group of institutions

Divya Ramakrishna

MVM College of Allied Health Sciences

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