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  • Yoga helps to build a strong immune system
  • A daily breathing regime of 10-minute helps in the long run

New Delhi, 19th January 2022: In a bid to create an awareness to battle COVID-19 and its numerous variants, the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM), the apex industry association of the country, organised a virtual session on ‘Yoga and Wellness During Omicron’ under the auspices of its CSR Council; it’s a part of its ‘Illness to Wellness’ campaign. Noted health professionals, who participated in the webinar, offered their perspectives on how yoga and wellness activities can boost immunity.

Speaking on the adverse impact of COVID-19 on our physical and psychological health, Shri Anil Rajput, Chairperson, ASSOCHAM CSR Council highlighted that a strong immune system plays a fundamental role in promoting good health as well as in responding effectively to viruses. This has paved the way for the use of traditional Indian therapy of Yoga which helps in immune system enhancement.

Applauding the Delhi Government’s recent initiative– ‘Delhi ki Yogshala’ where residents of Delhi, who are under home isolation due to COVID-19 infections are provided virtual Yoga lessons, he added, “Yoga, also has a significant role in the psycho-social care of COVID-19 patients in quarantine and isolation and helps to overcome stress, anxiety, fear and loneliness which have particularly worsened during the current times”.

Sharing her observation about the new COVID variant, Dr. Aishwarya Nigam, Masters in Orthopedic Physiotherapy and Certified Yoga teacher, Pilates Instructor at PhysioQinesisis clinic, Thane, Mumbai, said, “Unlike Delta variant, Omicron doesn’t really affect the lungs. It, however, does exhibit the classic symptoms of cough, cold and flu which is quite prevalent and shouldn’t be ignored as it spreads really fast.” She also added, “The need of the hour is to be pragmatic. Also, do not pay any heed on myths that add to the worry and fear around us. Educating kids about the virus is also important and registering for vaccination is crucial.”

Among the experts who participated in the webinar was Mr. Sohan Singh, who was appreciated by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi in his Mann Ki Baat program for his contribution as a yoga expert and entrepreneur. He said, “Being mentally strong can save you half way through COVID-19. Following a daily breathing regime of 10-minute can help in the long run.” He also demonstrated several yoga asanas to strengthen the immunity system, including Bhujangasana, Shashankasana, Cobra pose, Kapalbhati and Pranayam. He suggested that parents and kids indulge in ‘yoga play’ to stay healthy at home during the pandemic. Session moderator, Ms. Manjusha Adlakha, yoga and wellness coach, certified yoga trainer by Ministry of Ayush and associated with Art of Living, Delhi-NCR, summed up the webinar by talking about leading an uncluttered life during uncertainty. She said, “Uncertainty will always be a major factor, but only an individual, whose mind is uncluttered and harbours no negativity will be tide through it.” She also added that people should not only follow a proper COVID-appropriate behaviour, but also continue to explore and engage in new hobbies and stay safe in this pandemic.


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