Is lockdown making you anxious and depressed? Yoga will help calm your nerves & boost immunity

Yoga asanas and meditation keep anxiety at bay.

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Anxiety caused by lockdown can have adverse effects on immunity.
WASHINGTON: People staying indoors due to coronavirus lockdown could benefit from yoga which helps boost immunity, according to an Indian-American cardiologist who has written guidelines on behalf of the American Heart Association on the role of meditation in cardiovascular disease.

"Most people in this country believe that yoga is just postures which unfortunately is not true today. In fact, a large part of yoga is meditation and breathing techniques that ameliorate stress," said Indranill Basu-Ray from Memphis Veteran Hospital in Tennessee and Adjunct Professor of Public Health at University of Memphis.

He said when people are forced to isolate and stay in their homes like in this Covid-19 pandemic, it created a great deal of anxiety and depression.


"Both anxiety and depression have adverse effects physically and can actually bring down your immunity to viral infections," the Indian-American cardiologist said.

A former Harvard Faculty, Ray is one of the cardiologists who last year wrote down the first practice guidelines meant for cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, and cardiovascular disease researchers on the role of meditation in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases on behalf of American Heart Association.

"Human immunity can be divided into innate immunity, which is general immunity used to prevent the barrage of viral and bacterial infections that we are faced with as part of our daily existence on this planet. Adaptive immunity secondarily steps in when our body creates antibodies targeted against a pathogen," he said.
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That happens only when the human body is exposed to an antigen. An example would be after having Covid-19, either symptomatic or asymptomatic; the body will produce direct antibody, especially targeted to this coronavirus, Ray said.
It is not clear if the Covid-19 virus directly attacks the heart.
It is not clear if the Covid-19 virus directly attacks the heart.

"That is why reinfection with the virus is rare, if at all. Though reported in China, other factors, including defective kits, could be the reason rather than reinfection," he said.

Most uninfected individuals would be using the innate immunity to fight infections like the Covid-19 or any other novel infection that the body has not faced before, the doctor said.

"There is accumulated evidence that point to the fact that yoga and meditation practice boosts immunity working at many levels including neural. Thus, it is important to practise a daily dose of postures (asanas) and meditation to keep away anxiety, depression and attendant decrease in immunity," he said.
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Ray also pointed out that a considerable number of hospitalised patients were found to have cardiac dilatation, heart failure, and inflammation of the heart.

However, it is not clear if the Covid-19 virus directly attacks the heart. Still, severe stress, a storm of deadly chemicals within the body that marks moderate to severe Covid-19 infection, is probably the cause, he noted.
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A total of 1,002,159 Covid-19 cases have been reported across more than 175 countries and territories with 51,485 deaths reported so far, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

The US has reported 236,339 Covid-19 cases, the highest in the world, and over 5,000 people have died due to the disease.

Aerial, Acrobatic, Aqua: 5 Types Of Yoga That Are Becoming A Fitness Trend
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Yoga is more than a form of workout. It helps you relax, improves mental health, and pushes you towards a healthier lifestyle. The ancient Indian form of workout has gained immense popularity all over the world.

People are opening up to the idea of experimenting with their fitness routine, and yoga with a twist is the new rage amongst health enthusiasts. Combining yoga with acrobatics and Pilates works wonders for people who are looking to add flexibility and mental-well-being to the mix.

On International Yoga Day, here's a round-up of five types of yoga that taking over the fitness world.

Also read: Beat Stress With Yoga & Meditation: Apps For Step-By-Step Asanas To Stay Fit

Yoga is more than a form of workout. It helps you relax, improves mental health, and pushes you towards a healthier lifestyle. The ancient Indian form of workout has gained immense popularity all o..
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Aerial Yoga, as its name suggests, is a gravity-defying technique inspired by Pilates. Poses in this form require a nylon or silk hammock hanging from the ceiling.

Bringing Pilates, yoga and cardio under one form, it is touted as one of the best ab exercises of all time. This form of workout focuses on stretching body muscles, strengthening upper back and the spine.

Aerial Yoga, as its name suggests, is a gravity-defying technique inspired by Pilates. Poses in this form require a nylon or silk hammock hanging from the ceiling.Bringing Pilates, yoga and cardio un..
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One of the most interesting and old forms, this one combines acrobatics, yoga, Thai massage and healing arts in one form. Deemed as one of the most vigorous and risky forms of the ancient Indian workout, this one requires strength, flexibility and technique training.

In order to practice acro-yoga, one must have a partner. Over time, it helps one get a stronger core, muscles, arms, chest and may also improve relationships over time.

One of the most interesting and old forms, this one combines acrobatics, yoga, Thai massage and healing arts in one form. Deemed as one of the most vigorous and risky forms of the ancient Indian work..
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Going by its name, aqua yoga requires people to practice poses inside water. While one can opt for a warm water pool, open water sources are better options for this form of yoga.

Using the principles of basic yoga like breathing and mindfulness, it has a soothes impact on people and strengthens the whole body, and facilitates pain-free movement. Given its mental well-being benefits, aqua yoga is believed to be a healing activity.

Going by its name, aqua yoga requires people to practice poses inside water. While one can opt for a warm water pool, open water sources are better options for this form of yoga.Using the principles ..
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Props are add more value and fun to the yoga poses. Wheel yoga is performed using a rubber and fibre-based wheel that pushes the stretches and the fitness routine. used to deepen yoga practise and taking it to a new level.

One of the biggest benefits of this form is that it makes back-bends and inversions easier. Other benefits of this form includes improved flexibility, better breathing and lower risk of injuries.

Props are add more value and fun to the yoga poses. Wheel yoga is performed using a rubber and fibre-based wheel that pushes the stretches and the fitness routine. used to deepen yoga practise and ta..
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Laughter yoga, first spoken about in Madan Kataria's 2002 book named 'Laugh For No Reason', involves prolonged voluntary laughter. It works on the principle that voluntary laughter has the same effect on mental well-being as spontaneous laughter. This form is practised in groups through eye contact and jokes.

Besides lowering stress, laughter yoga is known to strengthen the immune system and reduce pain. Combined with yogic breathing, laughter yoga becomes effective for overall well-being.

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