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      Effect of yoga mudras in improving the health of users: A precautionary measure practice in daily life for resisting the deadly COVID-19 disease

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          COVID-19 is a deadly disease that affected millions of people around the world. Vaccines are presently being made available for curtailing the disease. However, many people lost their lives because of breathing problems associated with the virus infection. Science and technology have advanced a lot in the identification of the COVID-19 virus through RT-PCR tests and CT imaging. The ashtanga yoga focuses on the moral, intellectual, and health aspect improvement of individuals. This study notes that the role of Yoga (mudras) is inevitable in improving the health conditions of both the infected and noninfected persons. The effects of mudras in health care were scientifically proven, and many reputed works are there highlighting the merits of mudras. To this end, this research work proposed a set of mudras with a breathing exercise that focuses on the improvement of immunity and minimizes respiratory issues. A consistent practice of mudras with a breathing exercise for 30 min each (morning and evening) paves the way toward a healthy life. The breathing exercise proposed in this research work is Nadi Shuddi Pranayama in Virasana position and the following mudras: garuda mudra, aswini mudra, adhi mudra, prana mudra, bronchial mudra, and apana vayu mudra. The chapter comprises of the following: introduction to yoga and its scientific evidence in improving health care, related works in improving health care by mudras, and a universal practice system comprising of breathing exercise and mudras for resisting COVID-19. In theory, the outcome of this chapter focuses on the holistic improvement of health care of people particularly during crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

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              A Review of Yoga Programs for Four Leading Risk Factors of Chronic Diseases

              Yoga, a form of physical activity, is rapidly gaining in popularity and has many health benefits. Yet healthcare providers have been slow to recognize yoga for its ability to improve health conditions, and few interventions have been developed that take full advantage of its benefits. The purpose of this article is to review published studies using yoga programs and to determine the effect of yoga interventions on common risk factors of chronic diseases (overweight, hypertension, high glucose level and high cholesterol). A systematic search yielded 32 articles published between 1980 and April 2007. The studies found that yoga interventions are generally effective in reducing body weight, blood pressure, glucose level and high cholesterol, but only a few studies examined long-term adherence. Additionally, not enough studies included diverse populations at high risk for diabetes and its related common health problems.
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                Journal
                Lessons from COVID-19
                Lessons from COVID-19
                24 June 2022
                2022
                24 June 2022
                : 41-59
                Affiliations
                [a ]Department of EEE, Amal Jyothi College of Engineering, Kanjirappally, Kerala, India
                [b ]Adhiyamaan College of Agriculture and Research (ACAR), Hosur, Tamil Nadu, India
                Department of Construction Economics and Property Management, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Vilnius, Lithuania
                Machine Intelligence Research Labs (MIR Labs), Scientific Network for Innovation and Research Excellence, Auburn, WA, United States
                Writing Lab, Institute for Future of Education, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
                Department of Computer Science and Engineering, B.M.S. College of Engineering, Bengaluru, India
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                B978-0-323-99878-9.00001-7
                10.1016/B978-0-323-99878-9.00001-7
                9347266
                346e1479-6117-4c5d-9c79-a7ed601583e7
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