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This Assam girl teaches free online yoga to COVID-19 patients to help them beat stress

By The Assam Tribune
This Assam girl teaches free online yoga to COVID-19 patients to help them beat stress

Photo: Sasanka Talukdar

Pathsala, May 27: While the second wave of Covid-19 has already sparked panic around oxygen shortage and lack of medical facilities in India, experts are warning of a third wave soon which leaves us with no option but to prioritise our health and immunity system like never before. At a time when many are looking for options to improve their immunity, a 24-year-old girl from Assam teaches Yoga through online classes to improve immunity and reduce stress.

Notably, Parashar completed Bachelor in Physical Education (Specialisation in Yoga) from Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education and pursuing M.A. in Yogic Science and Naturopathy from Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva Viswavidyalaya. She is a resident of Pathsala in Bajali district of Assam, and the daughter of Mrinal Sarma and Jaya Devi.

Photo: Sasanka Talukdar

As the country is facing acute challenges due to COVID-19 pandemic, Smita took up to teaching yoga to patients for free by using a mobile phone in her courtyard.

Speaking to this correspondent, Smita said, "during such times, it is important to understand that mental health is very important for survival. To help with this growing level of anxiety and depression, we must lead a healthy lifestyle, stay connected to our loved ones, and practice yoga at home."

"The second wave of the pandemic has spread fast and most of the Covid-19 patients are facing breathing problems and the country is going through an oxygen supply crisis. So, we have to maintain our immunity at home. Yoga is a great practice for everyone as it has abundant health benefits and it comes with zero side effects."

Photo: Sasanka Talukdar

"Behind the scene my brother Krishanu Parashar always helped me and my parents who supported me in every walks of my life." she also added.

"I can't sleep when there is no work due to the COVID-19 lockdown- yoga help me from depression," said a woman who learns online yoga for free from Smita

"I'm an asthma patient and I have started doing Yoga from last few months. I have direct personal experience with my asthma being completely cured solely by Yoga practice during COVID-19 pandemic." said a patient who also learns yoga from Smita's free online classes.

Another patient said, "Smita helped me when I was tested COVID-19 positive, she taught me how to improve my immunity through exercise via free online classes. These exercises are great for our mental and physical well-being."

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