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Yoga And Meditation Can Help Against Covid 19 as per MIT and Harvard Experts

A recent research was conducted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California-San Diego, Chopra Library for Integrative Studies, and Harvard University on  the anti-inflammatory effects associated with meditation and yoga. It was found that there is evidence to suggest that Yoga and Meditation can boost the immunity system of the body and help fight against Covid-19.

Covid does not refer to a single virus but to a family of viruses. The global outbreak of novel human Betacoronavirus (cov) pathogen belongs to the Coronaviridae family in the Nidovirales order. The virus has a high transmission rate from person to person. The sars-cov-2 designated as coronavirus disease, possesses enveloped clubs like spike protein projections with the RNA genome and has a unique replication strategy.

Covid virus attacks the lungs. Its symptom being fever, cough, shortness of breath and fatigue. As per WHO data, the mortality rate for corona is only 1-3%. Studies show that most of the deaths are not due to Covid but is due to other reasons, such as heart problem , high BP , sugar etc. The main reason being a weak immunity.

The benefits of yoga and meditation are published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (JACM)  It explains the anti-inflammatory effects of yoga and meditation and how they could act as a supplemental treatment to covid-19. The practices can also help reduce the severity of the covid-19 disease.

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Previous study and research show that Yoga , Meditation and Pranayama with some technique of controlled breathing can help in curing depression , sharpen the mind, with great results in enhanced mental focus. This strengthens the nervous and immune system of the body.

Yoga may play a significant role in the psycho-social care and rehabilitation of Covid-19 patients in quarantine and isolation. They are particularly useful in allaying their fears and anxiety. A study shows that 90 minutes of yogic stretching increases the two important antimicrobial peptides present in the respiratory system.

Meditation increases the level of melatonin which could possibly help with strengthening the lungs to fight against Covid-19. It is shown in research that Melatonin is protective against ventilator induced lung injury in animals.

Another effect of meditation , is that brain releases chemicals like gamma-aminobutyric acid (gaba), dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins. These help the brain to relax and lowers the stress and anxiety levels in the body. Per the research Yoga is a preventive strategy for Corona virus

  • GABA –  Its main function is to suppress the neural activities, controlling the fear , anxiety and stress levels . Per research, during meditation the GABA levels rose by 27%.
  • Feel Happy Hormones – Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, and Endorphins, together are called as feel good hormones. They induce happiness and feel good factor in the body by reducing stress. Meditation is shown to increase the levels of these hormones collectively boosting the immunity of the body.
Yoga Practices For Prevention, Rehabilitation And Increase Immunity 
Yoga Practices For Prevention, Rehabilitation And Increase Immunity

Read the tips provided by United Nations on Guided Meditation and Yoga

10 Minute Yoga Routine
10 Minute Yoga Routine

1. Purpose : Starting

Practice :  Prayer

Duration :  30 seconds

2. Purpose : Loosening Practices (SukṣmaVyāyāma / CālanaKriyā)

Practice : Shoulder and Trunk movement, Neck bending

Duration :  2 minutes

3. Purpose :  Āsanas performed in standing posture, sitting and lying on stomach

Practice :  Chakrāsana(The Half wheel posture)

                        Sasakāsana(The Hare posture) 

                        Bhujangāsana(The Cobra posture)

Duration : 3 minutes

4. Purpose :  Pranayama

 Practice :  (AnulomaViloma /Nadi Shodhana Pranayama)

                        Alternate nostril breathing

 Duration : 2 minutes

5. Purpose :  Dhyāna

  Practice :  The Meditation

  Duration :  2 minutes

6. Purpose :  Closing

  Practice :  Sankalpa/ Shanti path

  Duration :  30 seconds

Table & Image Credit :  Ayush.gov.in

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