World view is not the same since the advent of Covid19. Every individual is going through such times which he/she never would have faced in the past. Suddenly life appears to be transient and fragile. Lockdown was not a planned event to be effectively managed with entertainment, fun and frolic. Instead lockdown is spent in counting or rather tracking increasing number of Covid affected patients, if they are asymptomatic, or with mild symptoms, how many developing complications, and finally how many deaths occurring, and so on and so forth. Where is the toll moving now and which country is leading in deaths, were the daunting concerns. In between some good news of some drugs being useful in tackling complications was of some relief, only to be negated later by some other experts. Endless debates on all sorts of therapies, paracetamol, aspirin, BCG being helpful for Indians in minimizing complications, HydroxyChloroQuine, Azithromycine, etc. These activities, definitely, were not at all pleasant to carry on for weeks together.
While these are the conventional medical news, the traditional medical systems also geared up in offering their services in mitigating and management of Covid 19. Ayurveda,Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) systems in India officially started involving in this program and provided guidelines to their respective systems in order to fulfill the safety and efficacy issues in accordance with WHO guidelines.
Maharshi Patanajali’s Ashtang Yoga mentions about human miseries as ‘kleshas’.
The third sloka of the second chapter of Patanjali's Yogasutra explicitly identifies अविद्यास्मितारागद्वेषाभिनिवेशाःपञ्चक्लेशाः॥३॥
Five Kleshas: 1.Avidya (ignorance), 2.Asmita (egoism), 3.Raga (attachment), 4.Dvesa (aversion or hatred), and 5.Abinivesah (clinging to life and fear of death).
These five afflictions or miseries disturb the mental and physiological balance and trigger a chain reaction further deteriorating the state of normal health and well-being. Like stress, kleshas also result in imbalance. Even though we have been witness to the ongoing crisis both in China, India and the rest of the world some of us took it lightly and were careless in following the preventive measures prescribed. The simple truth is that the virus on its own is immobile. It has to be carried and given life by human beings. If only, we are conscious of this truth and apply this kind of right knowledge much misery could have been be avoided and the spirit of lockdown would have been fulfilled. However, the Covid 19 is going to be a long innings. We need to improve our immunity to stay safe and healthy. Yoga and Naturopathy offers many simple and doable solutions to boost immunity.