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Importance of Yoga and Ayurveda during COVID-19 times
June 17, 2020 | 4:56 PM
by Munu Mahawar/Ambassador of India to Oman
In Oman too, Yoga’s popularity can be gauged by the fact that more than 6,000 enthusiasts of different nationalities participated in IDY celebrations in Muscat last year.
 
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Muscat: This year, on June 21, the world will celebrate the sixth International Day of Yoga (IDY). The growing scale of celebration shows the popularity of Yoga which has been embraced by the world. IDY has become one of the biggest mass movements in the quest for good health and wellbeing.

In Oman too, Yoga’s popularity can be gauged by the fact that more than 6,000 enthusiasts of different nationalities participated in IDY celebrations in Muscat last year. In view of the restrictions on public gatherings due to COVID-19 pandemic, IDY will be celebrated on digital media platforms across the world this year.

India has given two precious gems to the world i.e. Yoga & Ayurveda. The ongoing health crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic has affected millions of lives, with mental and psychological impact being as grave as the physical ailment. In such times, having strong immunity and sound mental health is the key to fighting the rapidly spreading disease. Yoga and Ayurveda focus on strengthening the immunity and provide effective, accessible, and affordable means to fight the negative impacts of COVID-19.

Yoga connects body, mind and soul. Yoga breathing techniques (pranayama), postures (asanas), and procedures (yogic kriya) help in improving lung health. Practicing Yoga systematically along with a healthy diet, lifestyle changes, and sound sleep enhances the body immunity and helps fight infections. As per Yoga experts, Yoga enhances endurance, improves blood circulation, activates internal organs and helps in detoxification, thereby improving immunity levels. Calming and mindfulness practices are a natural way of fighting depression. In the words of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “Yoga is a symbol of universal aspiration for health and wellbeing. It is health assurance in zero budget”.



Ayurveda experts have recommended simple measures for preventive healthcare and boosting immunity in the wake of COVID-19. These include practices like consumption of warm water, herbal drinks, steam inhalation, etc. Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Therapy comprises lifestyle and dietary changes that help in enhancing growth, retard aging, induce tissue regeneration and boost immunity.

Yoga and Ayurveda have shown enough potential and possibilities to be employed for a healthy living. While the medical fraternity performs their duties in treating the affected, we all can make a significant difference to our lives by adopting these traditional methods and work towards building healthier bodies and souls. People at peace with themselves can build peaceful & healthy societies and a harmonious world.



This year, the theme of International Day of Yoga is ‘Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family’. The Embassy of India will organize the main celebration on 20th June, 18:00 hrs onwards which will be live streamed on our social media platforms. I invite all the people in Oman to join us and practice yoga with their families.

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