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Prepare kids to fight COVID with Yoga - PM

Pranayam before online classes proving useful

PM Modi happy over global research into healing properties of Yoga.

NEW DELHI, June 21 (The CONNECT) – India is preparing its children to fight COVID 19 through yoga.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said studies are on improving immunity through yoga. Even during the online classes, children are made to practice Pranayam and Yoga  for 10 to 15 minutes, he said and noted:  “this is preparing children to fight Corona”.

In his address on the occasion of the 7th International Yoga Day, Modi expressed satisfaction that globally, research is being conducted in the healing properties of Yoga.

This assumes significance in view of the apprehensions that the 3rd COVID wave could impact children as most of the adults would have been vaccinated by that time.

According to an article carried by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Running paediatric vaccine trials is more complicated than adult trials due to ethical issues and a host of factors unique to children. Nevertheless, throughout the world, there is growing recognition of the importance of including children and pregnant women in vaccine trials as early as possible. The article, penned by Anita Shet, Director of Child Health, International Vaccine Access Center, points out that many COVID-19 vaccine products authorised for emergency use in adults (AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna) have initiated trials in children 12 years and older, and while recruitment has been slow, this is expected to pick up over the next months.

The overall effects of COVID-19 on children have been calamitous. Education is clearly suffering, and 2020 is a lost year for a generation of children. Paediatric emergency department visits for mental health issues have been on the rise, with an increase in anxiety and social isolation seen among children and families. Many of these problems stem from societal pandemic responses and are not the direct effects of the virus on children. While we keep the focus on continuing safety measures, we must also plan safely opening up essential services such as schools, healthcare and child protection interventions. Getting the world back to a place of safety and normalcy is a priority for public health, governments and society, says Anita Shet.

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M-Yoga App made by India and the WHO

The Prime Minister announced that India and WHO took an important step today. World is getting M-Yoga app which will provide many videos of yoga training based on common yoga protocol in many languages. Terming this as a great example of fusion of modern technology and ancient science, the Prime Minister expressed the hope that m-yoga app will help in spreading yoga world over and will contribute to the efforts of ‘One World One Health’.

Incidentally, a quick Google search for ‘Yoga App’ threw up About 1,13,00,00,000 results in 0.58 seconds

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Modi said experts are stressing the importance of breathing exercises like pranayama and anulom-vilom for strengthening our respiratory system.

The Prime Minister recalled how frontline Corona warriors made Yoga their shield and made themselves strong through yoga and how people, doctors nurses took to Yoga to deal with the effects of the virus. Instances of yoga sessions conducted by doctors and nurses in the hospitals appeared everywhere.

Quoting from Gita, Modi said we need to continue moving on the collective journey of yoga as yoga has solution for everyone.  Freedom from sufferings is yoga and it helps everyone, said the Prime Minster.

PM Modi emphasized the holistic nature of yoga and said that it takes care of physical health as well as mental health.

Stressing on positivity of yoga, the Prime Minister said “The shift from silos to union is Yoga. A proven way to experience, a realisation of oneness is Yoga.”  In this regard he quoted Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore "the meaning of our self is not to be found in its separateness from God and others, but in the ceaseless realization of yoga, of union."

The Prime Minister said that the mantra of ‘VasudhaivKutumbakam’ which India has followed since ages, is now finding global acceptance. We all are praying for each other's wellbeing, If there are threats to humanity,  Yoga often gives us a way of holistic health. “Yoga also gives us a happier way of life. I am sure, Yoga will continue playing its preventive, as well as positive role in healthcare of masses” said Prime Minister Modi.

Quoting from Gita, The Prime Minister said we need to continue moving on the collective journey of yoga as yoga has solution for everyone. It is important that yoga reaches to every person while keeping intact its foundation and core. Yoga acharyas and all of us should contribute in this task of taking yoga to everyone, said the Prime Minister.

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