COVID-19: Yoga to benefit people during lockdown, says Indian-American cardiologist
New Delhi: People staying indoors due to lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus could benefit from yoga which helps boost immunity. This was stated by an Indian-American cardiologist who has written guidelines on behalf of the American Heart Association on the role of meditation in cardiovascular disease.
Dr Indranill Basu-Ray from Memphis Veteran Hospital in Tennessee said that when people are forced to isolate and stay in their homes like in this COVID-19 pandemic, it create a great deal of anxiety and depression.
He added that a large part of yoga involves meditation and breathing techniques that ameliorate stress.
The Indian-American cardiologist said that both anxiety and depression have adverse effects physically and can actually bring down immunity to viral infections.
A former Harvard Faculty, Dr 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.
Explaining further, he said that 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 steps in secondarily when our body creates antibodies targeted against a pathogen.
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.
Dr Ray further said that 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.