Ayush Ministry promotes superstitions in the name and time of a pandemic

Ayush Ministry sends millions of emails to people whereby it claims that yoga is an invaluable ancient Indian practice with numerous benefits to both physical and mental health. It adds that given the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic including restrictions on the movement of people and a slowdown in economic activity, the benefits offered by yoga have become especially important for physical and mental wellbeing, particular importance being its proven benefits on general health and immunity enhancement, along with its globally accepted role as a stress buster. 

Studies have repeatedly shown that yoga has no such health benefits. Professionals from medical sciences have warned about some yoga postures that may damage joints, since stretching of those parts connected by joins more than the natural extend could cause serious health implications.

Neither WHO nor any acclaimed medical organizations recommends yoga for boosting immunity and having resistance to viral infection of any sort. 

Yoga is no substitute for workout. The body never sweats and you don’t burn any calories by doing yoga.  Breathing to fill your lungs is an unscientific idea, since we need to have 20 percent of our lung empty for its easy functioning. Even if you breathe full lung, it cannot store oxygen. If you hold your breathing for longer than than the supposed duration, carbon-dioxide gets excess in amount by which you feel a state of relaxation, which is just temporary. In all, if you stretch your parts too much, that could damage the tendons attached to the bones, over the years it would have a negative impact on your mobility.

If you want to take yoga for its immunity enhancement ability, medical sciences say immunity against anything that the body develops is a result of an antigen entering it. Antigen is an agent that enters the body which maybe either doing good or bad to the body. Once the antigen gets into your body, a deadly virus for instance, the body produces an agent against it, antibody.  In simple sentence, your body cannot develop any antibody without an antigen. Yoga is of no use in developing immunity as any other exercise is.

Yoga is more dangerous than previously thought and causes as many injuries as other sports, a study has also found.

The 5,000 year-old discipline is said to boost physical and mental wellbeing, and celebrity fans include Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen – as well as David and Victoria Beckham.

However, in a recent study yoga caused musculoskeletal pain – mostly in the arms – in more than one in ten participants.

The scientists behind the research, which was published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, also found that the practice worsened over a fifth of existing injuries.

Professor Evangelos Pappas, of Sydney University, the study’s lead researcher said: “Yoga may be a bit more dangerous than previously thought.

“Our study found the incidence of pain caused by yoga is more than 10 percent per year – which is comparable to the rate of all sports injuries combined among the physically active population.

“However people consider it to be a very safe activity. This injury rate is up to 10 times higher than has previously been reported.”

His team assessed more than 350 people who attended yoga classes at two studios in New York.

Yoga is an increasingly popular complementary or alternative therapy for musculoskeletal disorders, with millions of people practising worldwide.

Prof Pappas said: “While yoga can be beneficial for musculoskeletal pain, like any form of exercise, it can also result in musculoskeletal pain.”

He added: “We also found yoga can exacerbate existing pain, with 21 per cent of existing injuries made worse by doing yoga, particularly pre-existing musculoskeletal pain in the upper limbs.

“In terms of severity, more than one-third of cases of pain caused by yoga were serious enough to prevent yoga participation and lasted more than 3 months.

“The study found that most ‘new’ yoga pain was in the upper extremities – shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand – possibly due to downward dog and similar postures that put weight on the upper limbs.”

The study conducted with Prof Marc Campo from Mercy College, New York, asked participants to complete an electronic questionnaire at the start of the project and again one year later.

Outcomes included incidence and impact of pain caused by yoga and prevalence of pain caused, exacerbated, unaffected, and improved by the ancient practice.

Prof Pappas said: “It’s not all bad news, however, as 74 per cent of participants in the study reported that existing pain was improved by yoga, highlighting the complex relationship between musculoskeletal pain and yoga practice.

“These findings can be useful for clinicians and individuals to compare the risks of yoga to other exercise enabling them to make informed decisions about which types of activity are best.

Professionals in healthcare in India too have warned about promoting yoga as a panacea during the troubled times.  

Shown below is the advertisement sent along with the email of Ayush.

The yoga posture in the visual is very critical for those who are sick, aged and suffering back pain. This is one of the most criticized yoga acts.

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