World Health Day, 2013
World Health Day is celebrated every year on the 7th of April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO). Various government and non-government organizations come together on this day to raise awareness on public health issues through activities and the media. Here on the Isha Blog, we’d like to revisit a few significant posts where important information related to human health and wellbeing were covered.
In one of our very first articles on the subject, Health is Life’s Way, we took a look at how one could keep their general health and fitness at an optimal level. And the easiest way according to Sadhguru is to simply “use the body.” “If you do that sufficiently,” he says, “the body has every means to create health for itself. I would say that if we used our body as much as we should, approximately 80% of the ailments on this planet would just disappear.”
This includes high blood pressure, which is the theme for this year’s World Health Day. High blood pressure or Hypertension is a common, chronic ailment where the blood pressure in the arteries is elevated, requiring the heart to work harder than normal to circulate blood through the blood vessels.. In the article A Healthy Heart, A Healthy Life, we talked about how yoga plays a very significant role in the prevention and control of heart-related ailments including high blood pressure. Hypertension was also discussed in the article Are Hereditary Diseases Completely Avoidable? Poor lifestyle is one of the major contributors to this disease, so following a proper diet and getting plenty of exercise is very important. Staying fit is imperative to staying healthy, as discussed in Yoga vs. Strength Training
Yoga certainly helps one get healthy but as Sadhguru says, health is only a side-effect of the true purpose of practicing yoga. This and many more myths on yoga were busted in one of our most talked about articles – Top 7 Myths About Yoga. For alternative systems that are dedicated completely to health and wellbeing, Indians have long since turned to Ayurveda and Siddha medicine, which were covered in detail in the post Healthcare – A Holistic Perspective.
But not everyone suffers from heart related problems. Some of us are very troubled by the respiratory system. Which is why we had a phenomenal response to the article Coping with Nasal Allergies the Yogic Way. In this article, Sadhguru tells us that by practicing Kapalabhati, an ancient yogic pranayam technique, one can almost completely get rid of allergies and sinus-related issues. A few quick tips were mentioned in this article, and also in Home Remedies for the Common Cold.
Health is not always about the body. Sound mental health is just as important. And depression is one illness related to the mind that many people suffer from today. In An Insight into Depression, Sadhguru says that for most people, except those who are pathologically ill, depression can be tackled by setting incentives for health and not for illness.
On the occasion of World Health Day, we’d like to wish you all a healthy and happy life! We’ll leave you with this quote:
“Health is not just a physical aspect. Today, modern medicine says that man is psychosomatic. What happens in the mind naturally happens in the body. What happens in the body in turn happens in the mind. So the way we are living here, our attitude, our emotion, the basic mental state, the level of activity we are going through, how streamlined our minds are, all these are very much a part of your health.” - Sadhguru