International Yoga Day 2022; The need to do yoga for post-Covid recovery

On this International Yoga Day 2022, the world comes together to commemorate the day to ensure the well being of each humans being through Asanas. The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a dramatic loss of human life worldwide and presents an unprecedented challenge to public health, food systems, and work. The pandemic has made us understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle and also made us understand the importance of taking yoga and meditation in our daily routine. Nowadays people working from home are getting enough time to look into their leisure time activities and are taking proper health care to keep away Covid.

The benefits of yoga and exercise for good cognitive health have already been shown in many recent studies. It not only reduces the risk of developing various physical diseases but also improves the immunity system and helps us stay fit. In yoga, the intersection of the physical with the mind is key to helping all individuals deal with the challenges of daily life, as well as in establishing a more concrete relationship with nature.

India is one of the best destinations that conduct the practices of different asanas to recover from post- Covid particularly. The UNESCO New Delhi office has released a publication entitled ‘Paying Attention to Our Minds during Kovid-19’ to help students control the mental stress associated with our part and the social isolation caused by the epidemic. This year, to commemorate the international yoga day 2022, the theme of Yoga is Yoga for Humanity. 

Yoga practitioners have mentioned a set of simple and easy postures to try to recover from post-Covid problems. Staff pose is one of the simple asanas that comes with many benefits for the body. It stretches the shoulders and chest, strengthens the back muscles, and improves posture. Other posture includes cat and cow pose. This asana combines the Cat pose (Marjaryasana) and Cow pose to gently stretch the body and warm up it up to relieve stress and massage the spine and stomach organs. The third pose is the Butterfly pose in which this asana stretches the inner thighs, groin and knees, and improves flexibility, and removes fatigue from long hours of standing and walking.

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Moreover, the government of India’s policy to recognize Yoga as a skill is a positive and necessary step. As highlighted in “UNESCO’s State of the Education Report for India: Vocational Education First”, digitalization must be a key element of any planning with regards to skill development. Last year, India noted that it would take the necessary step to improve yoga practice in the country in collaboration with WHO. This year, speaking before the yoga demonstration in which he participated for 45 minutes, PM Modi said, “The acceptance of that Amrit spirit of India which gave energy to India’s freedom struggle. That is why mass yoga demonstrations are being organized at 75 iconic locations across the country.”