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Why patients staying at DIMHANS bending and twisting their bodies?

Patients at the Dharwad Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (DIMHANS) would bend, twist, and turn their bodies in response to a teacher’s instructions. Yes, you read that correctly. Don’t be surprised if you visit DIMHANS and notice that the patients are acting strangely. Then they might be doing yogasana.

Yoga offers several advantages for both physical and mental health. Knowing this, the region’s premier mental health institute, DIMHANS, just recruited a professional yoga teacher, and patients and guests staying with them will master various postures of this ancient science.

Dr Mahesh Desai, Director of DIMHANS and who is also a yoga practitioner, is the brains behind this. He was eager to incorporate yoga into the DIMHANS patients’ regular exercise schedules and behavioural activation.

Vani Tuppad, who holds a diploma in Yoga and is now doing her MA in Yoga at Karnatak University, Dharwad, has been hired as a yoga instructor at the institute.

Yoga is beneficial not only to physical health but also to mental well-being. An increasing collection of data on the several advantages of regular yoga practice is available. Yoga practising on a regular basis has improved gait, balance, upper/lower body flexibility, lower body strength, and weight reduction. Individuals who practise yoga on a regular basis had lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, waist circumference, waist/hip ratio, total cholesterol, HDL, VLDL, triglycerides, HbA1c, and insulin resistance when compared to those who do not.

Yoga also has a therapeutic, preventative, and promotional effect on mental health. Stress reduction, emotion management, better mood and well-being, improved cognitive functioning, enhanced respiratory function, improved physical flexibility, muscular strength, and neuromuscular performance are some of the most consistent and repeatable results of a yoga practice.

Given the immense therapeutic effect of yoga on several mental conditions, this initiative will be beneficial for patients admitted to DIMHANS for mental healthcare, said doctors.

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