New Delhi: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science and Technology, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences, MOs PMO, Staff, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said today that the Science and Technology (S&T) Ministry implements an exclusive yoga protocol for the elderly.
While delivering the farewell speech for the project, said Dr Jitendra Singh, the project sanctioned by a special “Science and Technology for Yoga and Meditation” (SATYAM) cell and titled “Developing a Community Yoga Protocol. for the elderly to promote innate immunity ‘strengthen the immunity of the elderly, particularly vulnerable in the context of the COVID pandemic.
Giving full credit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing yoga into every household across the world and for bringing a unanimous resolution passed at the UN to observe International Yoga Day every year, said Dr Jitendra Singh, this is an initiative that should have taken place. several years ago because yoga originated in India and was also practiced in the West, until it gained its position of respect and esteem under the Modi government.
Emphasizing the particular importance of having a separate protocol for yoga in the elderly, Dr Jitendra Singh said that on the one hand India is seeing a gradual increase in lifespan with a corresponding increase in the elderly population and, on the other hand, the elderly continue to remain energetic and productive until the end of life. Therefore, in order to ensure their physical and mental well-being so that they can play a constructive role in nation building, yoga is a natural, non-drug and non-pharmaceutical therapy for fitness, has t -he declares.
While COVID has rekindled global interest in immunity-boosting methodologies, the minister said, the point is that even in the absence of COVID, since we typically face lifestyle-related illnesses, like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, etc., yoga is one of the most effective lifestyle modification options for the prevention and control of these disorders, especially in the elderly.
The Minister further informed that the special cell of the SATYAM program seeks to combat Covid-19 and related viruses through the effect of yoga and meditation as complementary therapy in three major thematic areas, namely. immunity, respiratory system and stress, anxiety and depression. In total, 91 projects were sanctioned under the Science and Technology of Yoga and Meditation (SATYAM) program under the Cognitive Science Research Initiative (CSRI) with 64 projects during the year 2020 -21 herself.
Various experiences and research studies around the world, said Dr Jitendra Singh, highlight the fact that for the treatment and prevention of COVID, the immune system and the natural resistance of the human body play a major role. Therefore, he said, immunity boosting techniques drawn from all streams, be it Ayurvedic, Homeopathy, Unani, Yoga or Naturopathy, have won. in popularity since the world is in the grip of the COVID pandemic.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that COVID also reiterated the belief that a healthy integration and synergy of different medical management flows is the key to successful management of various diseases and disorders that might otherwise not be fully suited for treatment. by a single stream of medicine.
He said older people and people with pre-existing health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes seem to develop COVID 19 more often than others. Older people do not have such a strong immune system, so they are more vulnerable to infectious diseases. The minister said that the available research evidence proves that yoga provides positive support for people with acute or chronic illnesses by maximizing the implementation of the combination of yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation.