Practice of the Month


GMM promotes yoga to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee Year 

Ghantali Mitra Mandal (GMM), Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association has entered the Diamond Jubilee Year of its foundation. All at GMM are giving relentless and selfless service to society to make Yoga maximum applicable. On the eve of new year, a grand function of…

RV Institute of Management curates a certification course for senior citizens 

In a groundbreaking move, the RV Institute of Management (RVIM), Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association has curated a month-long certification course tailored specifically for senior citizens, focusing on the Common Yoga Protocol. This innovative course is designed to cater to the unique health and…

SRD Girls Degree College organises Workshop 

SRD Girls Degree College, Hathras, Uttar Pradesh conducts 7days yoga workshop for the post graduate students in association with Indian Yoga Association (IYA). Yogacharya Sumit Kumar Singh, Member, Uttar Pradesh State Chapter, IYA was instrumental in organising the workshop.

Yog Sports Association of Bengal hosts awarness programme 

Yog Sports Association of Bengal, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association organises yoga awarness programme in the remote villages of West Bengal in Megha Yoga Club & Vyamagar in association with Indian Yoga Association. The awareness programs were also conducted in Darjeeling & Coochbehar for…

Jharkhand SCC conducts the 89th day celebration of Yoga Mahotsav 

On the 89th day of the ‘100 Days Countdown Yoga Mahotsav of International Yoga Day 2024,” an event sponsored by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), New Delhi, under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, took place in two sessions at Dani…

Anjali Acupressure Therapy and Yoga Center celebrates Holi 

The Anjali Acupressure Therapy and Yoga Center, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association, recently marked the occasion of Holi Milan at Nehru Bal Udyan with vibrant celebrations. Participants joyously engaged in the festivities, adorning each other with flower petals and applying colorful gulal tilak. Amidst…

TNSCC and GTN Arts College organises International Conference 

Tamil Nadu State Chapter of Indian Yoga Association and GTN Arts College (Autonomous), Dindigul jointly held a 2-day International Conference on Physical Education and Yoga recently. The inauguration was presided over by Dr P Balagurusamy, Principal of GTN Arts College. Dr. R. Durai, Director, GTN…

NIRAMAYA offers free training 

NIRAMAYA, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association continues to promote yoga and the motto of the Association to uplift the rural sector of the society. Under the rural project Yog-Chetana and Yogabhishek, NIRAMAYA is offering free yoga training to the students. In March, 2024 about…

Yoga & Happiness organises felicitation ceremony 

Yoga & Happiness, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association on March 24, 2024, hosted a memorable convocation and certificate distribution ceremony, honoring over 150 candidates who successfully completed their training and received prestigious certificates from both the Yoga Certification Board (YCB) and IYA. The event…

Flax Sesame Crackers 

Flax Sesame Crackers are a healthy light wheat cracker with good quantity of sesame seeds and flax seeds. Oats used in the dish are rich in antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, improves blood sugar. Flax seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids reduces inflammation and…

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18 Apr 2024


Tackling Covid-19:  Successful Strategies
Success Stories

Tackling Covid-19: Successful Strategies 

from The Yoga Institute

Dr. Achint Choksy is based in Ohio. He is a US-based holistic family physician who learned Yoga from The Yoga Institute. Dr. Choksy contracted COVID-19 in February while travelling in the US. He experienced mild symptoms only like headaches, body aches, night chills and a sore throat after a few days for only a day.

In terms of a routine he followed after contracting the virus, he recalls, “I started out my day by taking breaths in and out. I made sure that my breaths were deep. I wanted to bring this prana, this source of prana, in as deep as possible, as soon as I woke up, even when I was half asleep on my bed. So this brought my awareness and it was a form of meditation where you’re half asleep, half awake.”

Dr. Choksy also did Surya Namaskars, as many as he could, while chanting prayers, especially about the sun because “the sun brings in that energy to us so I wanted to enhance that energy,” he says. He also advises of doing them out in nature whenever possible and to do them in the morning to absorb the morning rays of the sun that are soft in intensity but powerful in terms of the prana they bring.

In addition, he drank tea with lots of herbs in it, whatever ayurvedic herbs were available like ginger, basil, turmeric, guggul, brahmi, as well as cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, jaggery. Sometimes he put honey in his tea, or even ghee or coconut oil.

Particularly beneficial was the practice of jalneti or water snuffing: “In Yoga, we also talk about doing jalneti. Jalneti is a nasal-sinus-rinse. When the virus goes in, it lives inside the nasal cavity and then the mucus lining, so I wanted to make sure I cleaned that every single day,” he says. In addition, he took steam inhalation of water that had been boiled with herbs in it or with essential oils added.

“The very last thing I did at night was visualised meditation. Visualised meditation is visualising and really practicing the energies of the sun that are within you at the core level, so you’re increasing your prana,” recommends Dr. Choksy. “I was sure throughout the day that I was taking deep breaths that I was in focus, in that zone. Shallow breaths will increase inflammation. So this is another Yogic practice – to be in the present moment,” he adds.

Last but not least, he advises to find one’s own path to health and healing: “What I would recommend is go on this journey, talk to people who are doing Yoga around you, talk to your teachers around the world and see where you find yourself at peace,” he concludes.

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