One thing that coronavirus pandemic has probably made us realise is the importance of good health and immunity in case the virus strikes. Staying indoors has left us with fewer options to stay fit and better our immunity. People from all age-group—kids, adults and elderly are struggling to keep their body and mind in balance. Children are not able to play outdoors, adults are unable to hit the gym and elderly are missing their daily walks to the park. Besides, those with comorbidities like Diabetes, hypertension, lung diseases, are more at risk of getting a severe disease and it's important for them to set their lifestyle right. Confinement to home is aggravating both physical and mental health problems. Yoga is extremely helpful in rectifying faulty lifestyle. It keeps our mind calm and energetic. Eating right, practicing appropriate asanas depending on your health condition, right breathing, detoxification, meditation are a few essential steps in your ultimate goal of a good health and strong immunity.
Dr Ishwar V Basavaraddi, Director Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) Ministry of AYUSH Government of India, gives five important tips to keep diabetes, hypertension, and other such lifestyle diseases at bay.
1) Diet Modification
First thing that a person who wants to manage their lifestyle diseases is diet modification. Change your existing diet completely. Modification of diet doesn’t mean that you can’t eat a bigger portion or not have sugar. That is secondary. First and foremost the food that you consume should be satvik. Satvik food means one must have healthy, nutritional, fresh, tasty, seasonal and local food on their plate. One must also eat at the right time. Once you get your basics right and this habit is cultivated, you will see the difference in two-three months as that is the time needed to develop a new habit and also the immunity.
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Detoxification of both body and mind are important in Yoga. For detoxification of body, yogic procedures like Neti, Kapal Bhaati, Dhauti, Shankha Prakshalana are needed to remove any toxic from the body. Meditation is the detoxification for mind and is also the final step towards bringing the difference in your health.
3) Right Posture
One needs to practice certain asanas for staying healthy. Usthrasana, Vakrasana, Dhanurasana, Pavanmuktasana, Halasana, Sarvangasana, Trikonasana, all these are in general very good postures. They can also be modified as per the individual’s psychophysiological nature.
4) Breathing Right
Breathing plays an important role in yogic way of life. We have to adopt a proper Nadi Shodhana, do Anulomvilom Pranayama twice a day, ten times in the morning and ten times in the evening. We must do deep breathing at least ten times in morning and ten times in evening. This kind of Pranayama really helps energise the body and keep the lungs healthy. Breathing also has an impact on our mind. Once you continue with these Pranayama exercises, in around 14-21 days, you will see that you have a calm and composed mind. These deep breathing exercises bring our sympathetic and parasympathetic networks in balance. This balance will take the mind to the stage of Alpha. Alpha means silence of mind. In that kind of oriented mind, your mind is finally prepared for meditation.
Last but not the least, it is meditation which combined with medication can help one get rid of certain lifestyle diseases (not in very advanced stage) like blood pressure, lung problems, Diabetes etc. But unless you practice the above-mentioned four steps, meditation will not be that effective. If you do the meditation right, medication will reduce, to the point that milder lifestyle diseases will take a backseat.
(Written by Parmita Uniyal from Onlymyhealth)
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