Dr. Preeti More, MD, Explores the Benefits and Impact of Yoga on Healthcare Workers
June 21st is recognized worldwide as International Yoga Day, a day dedicated to promoting the practice of yoga and its numerous benefits. Yoga, an ancient tradition originating in India 5,000 years ago, aims to unite the mind, body, and soul, fostering self-realization and well-being.
The Journey of International Yoga Day
In September 2014, Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the idea of International Yoga Day during his speech at the UN General Assembly. India’s Ambassador, Asoke Kumar Mukerji, introduced a resolution to establish June 21st as the annual International Yoga Day.
Encouraging the Adoption of Yoga
International Yoga Day serves as a platform to inspire, educate, and motivate individuals to embrace yoga in their lives and experience its transformative effects. Each year, a specific theme is chosen to highlight the diverse benefits of yoga. This year’s theme is ‘Yoga for Humanity,’ emphasizing the universal applicability and positive impact of yoga on individuals and communities.
The Essence of Yoga: Ancient Practice, Modern Relevance
Yoga, an art and science of healthy living, seeks to establish harmony between the mind, body, and environment. Derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj,’ meaning ‘to join,’ ‘to yoke,’ or ‘to unite,’ yoga promotes a perfect balance between the physical and mental aspects of human existence. It encompasses various practices such as Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi, Bandhas, Mudras, Shatkarmas, Yuktahara, Mantra-japa, Yukta-karma, and more.
The Profound Benefits of Yoga
Regular practice of yoga contributes to overall physical, mental, social, and spiritual development. Yoga asanas strengthen and stabilize the spine, alleviate back pain, and enhance flexibility. It promotes weight reduction, balanced metabolism, increased muscle strength and endurance, improved posture, and body awareness. Moreover, yoga aids in stress management, relieves anxiety and tension, improves sleep patterns, and enhances mental clarity.
Yoga’s Role in Healthcare: Empowering Healthcare Workers
Healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, and medical students, face immense physical and mental stress in their demanding roles. Yoga offers them valuable tools to manage and prevent stress and burnout. By incorporating yoga practices into their routines, healthcare workers can alleviate musculoskeletal conditions, enhance cardiovascular health, improve respiratory functions, boost immunity, and attain better mental well-being.