Title : Study on yoga practices and Biochemical, physical & physiological alterations: A perspective on yoga as preventive strategy against Covid 19
Background: During covid pandemic period our home restricted life led to many undesirable physical, physiological and mental alterations. Yoga a traditional system of medicines by virtue of its holistic approach towards health and disease and also due to reasonable cost, the technique has an edge in dealing with health problems and with primary prevention of disease.
Aim: Current study has been designed to assess the effect of short term (for 3 months for 5 days in a week or 40 days) yoga practice on lipid profile, and blood glucose level, CRP and other physical & physiological parameters among healthy subjects
Methods: Students went for yoga practice for 3 months (90 days) for 5 days in a week under the supervision of trained yoga instructor. yoga activity was conducted via google meet app through broad band connectivity. The procedure began with Surya Namaskar (Sun Saluation) with a session of 12 asanas (fixed postures) for 20 minutes, followed by 15 minutes Pranayam (breathing exercise including anulome-vilome, surya bandana, sheetali, and bhramari). Session ended with 10 minutes meditation. Yoga program was started on 27th of September 2020 and ended on 27th of December 2020 after completion of 3 months. Biochemical Investigation (Lipid Profile, FBG, CRP) and physiological parameters (BP, Pulse), and other anthropometric parameters including weight, height BMI reports were collected before 27th September and after 27th December in a period of 5 days after completion of 3 months tenure.
Result: Results of the study clearly indicate fasting sugar, Systolic blood pressure and LDL were significantly decreased (with value < 0.02, 0.007 and 0.001 respectively) in the post yoga phase as compared to pre yoga baseline investigation.
Conclusion: Present study substantiates some good results of the yoga training. Though all the tested parameters could not show desired changes and they were statistically insignificant