Celebrating International Day of Yoga: Embracing Wellness, Finding Harmony

Celebrating International Day of Yoga: Embracing Wellness, Finding Harmony

This year marks the International Day of Yoga with the theme 'Yoga, for Self and Society’. Yoga, an ancient practice with roots in India, is widely celebrated for its holistic approach to enhancing both physical and mental well-being. There is scientific evidence supporting yoga’s role in stress management, mental health, mindfulness, healthy eating, weight control, and quality sleep. Physically, yoga improves flexibility, strength, and balance, lowering chronic pain, boosts cardiovascular health, and strengthens the immune system. Mentally, it reduces stress, anxiety, and depression while fostering emotional stability, mental clarity and peace. Dr. Sandeep Ghanta, Senior Consultant at Star Hospital, sheds light on the profound impact of yoga. Keep reading to learn more about the transformative benefits of yoga for both individual and community health.

Q1: How can yoga benefit overall health and well-being?

Yoga, similar to any physical activity, offers numerous advantages. It notably enhances joint and muscle flexibility, which is crucial for maintaining overall physical health.

Q2: Can yoga be practiced by people of all ages and fitness levels?

Yes, yoga is suitable for individuals of all ages and fitness levels. It is particularly beneficial for elderly individuals (aged 60 and above) who often experience arthritis, joint stiffness, and muscle weakness. Simple yoga practices can help alleviate these issues by improving joint and muscle flexibility.

Q3: How can yoga help with stress management and mental health?

Yoga aids in stress relief by triggering hormonal changes in the body, thereby reducing stress levels. It strengthens physical endurance and enhances mental well-being.

Q4: Are there any specific health conditions that yoga can help with?

Yes, yoga is particularly beneficial for elderly individuals dealing with arthritis, joint stiffness, and joint inflammation. Studies suggest that yoga's anti-inflammatory effects can also benefit overall cardiac, brain, and renal health. It enhances immunity, protecting against bacterial and viral infections.

Q5: Can yoga help with improving sleep quality?

Absolutely. Engaging in yoga induces physical fatigue, which significantly improves sleep quality. It reduces stress hormones and anxiety, promoting restful sleep.

Q6: Is there any risk associated with practicing yoga, especially for people with certain medical conditions?

Yoga encompasses various levels of intensity. It's advisable to undergo a basic health check-up before starting advanced yoga sessions. Individuals with cardiac or respiratory issues should restrict themselves to basic yoga practices to avoid complications.

Q7: Do you have any takeaway message for our readers onInternational Day of Yoga?

Yoga is a simple physical activity that enhances both physical and mental health. Practicing yoga for at least 30 minutes, five days a week, can significantly improve overall health. It boosts organ function, enhances immunity, and improves sleep quality by reducing stress and anxiety.

Dr. Sandeep Ghanta

Senior Consultant - Internal Medicine & Diabetologist. Star Hospitals. Financial District, Nanakramguda. Hyderabad

At Star Hospital, we believe in a holistic approach to health and well-being. Celebrating the 10th International Day of Yoga, Dr. Sandeep Ghanta highlights the transformative power of yoga, aligning with our commitment to comprehensive care. Join us in embracing wellness through the integration of mind, body, and spirit with Star Hospital. Call us at 18001027827 to book an appointment and start your journey towards holistic wellness today at Star Hospital, Hyderabad.