STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Particularly emphasising upon this year’s theme on International Yoga Day ‘Yoga for Heart’, Dr Sushil Sharma, Head of Department Cardiology Super Specialty Hospital Jammu, conducted a day-long camp at Bhatyari village of Tehsil Bishnah in order to draw attention of common populace towards holistic benefits of Yoga. “Practicing Yoga daily can help us build cardiovascular health boosts blood circulation, increases lung capacity, improves heart rate, and respiratory function. The benefits of regular Yoga practices are many. The same has been understood by the western countries,” he said. Even though Yoga was invented in India, it is spreading rapidly in other countries in comparison to India, he underlined. More than 350 people were screened, evaluated, diagnosed and free medicines were given as per requirements during the camp. While interacting with patients and attendants, Dr Sushil Sharma stressed that Yoga assists in restoring equilibrium to body and mind so that good health can flourish. It is particularly effective at dealing with stress-related disorders, because it works at both at physical and mental level, he said. “Regular Yoga practice helps not only in preventing heart diseases but also assists in reducing afflictions once heart disease is diagnosed,” he said, adding inculcating habit of practicing Yoga daily into our life is a panacea for all ills and what the modern medical science is emphasizing under preventive cardiology has long been enshrined in our ancient wisdom. “Studies show that Yoga decreases levels of salivary cortisol, blood glucose as well as plasma rennin levels, and 24-h urine nor-epinephrine and epinephrine levels. Yoga significantly decreases heart rate and systolic and diastolic blood pressures. These studies suggest that Yoga has an immediate quieting effect on the HPA axis response to stress,” he said. Residents of the area Pt Chanchal Sharma, Mukesh Sharma and Ashwani Sharma appreciated efforts of Dr Sushil and his team for raising awareness on the important theme. Others who were part of this humane effort included Dr Kewal Sharma and Dr Syed Raheela. Paramedics and volunteers who were part of the team included Rohit Khajuria, Vikas Kumar, Manoj Sharma, Rohit Chalotra, Kamal Sharma, Kirti Bhat, Aman Gupta , Rajinder Singh and Maninder Singh.
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