‘Integrate yoga into healthcare system’
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi doing Yoga
ManuAiyappa Kanathanda | TNN | Jan 4, 2016, 08.48 AM IST
Terming yoga a symbol of the universal aspiration for health and well being, Prime Minister Naren dra Modi on Sunday exhorted healthcare professionals to integrate traditional Indian medicine, including yoga, into the modern healthcare system to make wellness a part of life.
“My vision for healthcare is an inte grated system that understands and builds on the best and most effective of different traditions,” he said after inaugurating the 21st international conference on Frontiers in Yoga Research and its Applications (INCOFYRA) organized by the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-Vyasa) Institute at Jigani, about 30 km from Bengaluru. He said people are no longer satisfied with just preventing and treating diseases. “They now demand promotion of wellness, which is a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit.”
Quoting WHO studies, he said India stands to lose about $4.58 trillion before 2030 due to non-communicable diseases. The four major non-communicable diseases -diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and respiratory disorders -that are on rise would be responsible for 60% of mortality by 2030, he added. “As our understanding of its limitations and its side-effects have grown, as we have experienced the growing costs of modern medical systems, we have begun to look beyond to traditional systems, not just in India, but in other countries as well,” he said.
He said yoga has profound health benefits since it is about a holistic lifestyle and attaining physical, mental, intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual harmony . “It fits well with the change in the way that world increasingly defines health. It is in this spirit that Swami Vivekananda called for combining the best from the East and the West,” he added.
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Workshop on yoga
TNN | Sep 8, 2015, 11.07 PM IST
MUMBAI: The Mumbai University’s Hindi department on Monday organized a workshop on its Kalina campus to introduce students and faculty to the scientific meditation process of Ananda Marga.
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Rohit Khanna & Prithvijit Mitra | TNN | Aug 22, 2015, 01.04 AM IST
KOLKATA: Veteran councillor Atin Ghosh had been left crippled after an accident a decade ago. He could only move his head, while his torso and limbs had gone limp. He wasn’t fit for physiotherapy, and all hope seemed lost when he sought the help of renowned yoga therapist Premsundar Das, who recommended segmental mobilization. For weeks, a yoga instructor assigned by Das would help Ghosh as he feebly rotated his head. A few weeks later, he could move his neck and shoulders a bit. Subsequent weeks saw him move his back until he could gradually lift himself up from his bed and take a few faltering steps. In another month, Ghosh was back at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation headquarters. “It was nothing short of a miracle,” says Ghosh, which wouldn’t have been possible without yoga. But yoga, point out the experts in this practice-based approach to healing, is pure science. Absence of disease or pain might make you feel healthy. But most people are unaware of the basic imbalances within the body which fester silently and may eventually manifest as a disease. Traditionally, yoga asanas were practised to prevent early onset of disease, but when selected carefully, they have the potential to heal and manage disease. So it does not replace medication in case of critical diseases, but runs along with it for faster recovery. “Apart from physical health issues, there are moral, mental and intellectual issues. Any imbalance in one will eventually disturb the other,” says Chirashree Ghosh, founder of Mystic Yoga, which specializes and imparts Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga in traditional, authentic and classical styles. Yoga practiced and promoted by experts in the city can broadly be divided into two categories — Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa. Hatha yoga involves tremendous exercise of the will and body, holding each posture for 30-60 seconds, starting with standing postures, followed by sitting and lying down. The same posture may be held for 10-20 seconds purely for therapeutic purposes working on the skeletal structure and glands and infusing fresh oxygen to the body’s cells. Ashtanga Vinyasa is a flowing form of yoga leading continuously and rhythmically from one posture to another with breath work and is more popular in the southern part of the country. The Bihar School of Yoga (BSY) approach focuses on improving the quality of lifestyle. Different practices are taught to develop awareness and slowly integrate the different dimensions of the personality. Aspirants learn how to balance the activities of the head (intellect), heart (emotions) and hands (actions). The emphasis, therefore, is on lifestyle management and not only on the body. Gopa Sen received her training at the BSY. When teaching a student suffering from breast cancer, she had to focus on practices which bolster physical, mental and emotional health. “When I met her for the first time, she was afraid that her ailment would gradually make her useless. I decided to address her fear first,” says Sen. The first step was to inspire her to adopt a positive attitude towards life. Later, Sen gave her yoga practices like asanas, pranayama, yoga nidra and meditation. These gradually helped her feel more energetic. From being scared to move her shoulders, she gradually regained muscle power and control through yogic postures and deep-breathing techniques. Her blood circulation improved significantly with regular practice and eventually helped her develop greater confidence. At that stage, she was also given an ancient healing mantra to chant — the ‘Maha Mrityunjaya mantra’. “Chanting mantra does not have any ritualistic or religious connotation. Rather, it is part of the science of nada yoga, in which sound can potentially create positive energies within us,” Sen informs. Later, when the student’s husband was also diagnosed with cancer, she used her personal experience to help him cope with the disease with less fear and more confidence. Yoga can help cope with various types of ailments, but not those caused by parasites, viruses and bacteria, say experts. Gautam Sen, who also received his training at the BSY, feels diseases can strike because of various causes — through a malfunction of the body’s auto-immune or other systems, mental and emotional stress, wrong lifestyle choices, and even unfulfilled wishes, to name a few. “For example, a bile duct cancer patient might be holding a lot of pent-up resentment inside, and the disease could well be a manifestation of that,” Sen says. “This is where, along with yoga asanas and pranayama, meditative practices like ‘antar mouna’ can help the affected person understand the causes of disease and gradually release these pent-up energies. An asthma patient, who cannot exhale properly, might be resisting to let go of something at a deeper level. So, if yoga has to work properly, it has to act on different dimensions of the person, not just the physical…. Even a simple practice like bhramari pranayama can provide immense relief to the intense distress a brain cancer patient has to go through.” Yoga could also be an ideal antidote to depression, apart from a range disorders from neurological to cardiac, says Premsundar Das. “Mental tranquillity is the medicine for depression and anxiety. Sedatives are commonly prescribed to counter depression. But meditation or pranayama works much better. All you need to do is sit down, shut your eyes and make your mind go blank for 20-30 minutes every day. The more you do it, the easier you find to control your emotions and have a grip on your nerves. While 60% of those who visit psychiatrists are never cured, more than 80% of those who do pranayama get rid of psychiatric disorders,” Das claims. Experts at Mystic Yoga feel that if the yoga series is carefully designed and delivered, with precision, it can manage many lifestyle diseases as well as take care of body toning and fitness. For Sudhir Maheswari, the principal coach at Mystic Yoga, there are numerous instances of tears welling up while practicing deep back bends (as in Ustrasana) as the pent-up emotions start getting released and individuals experience tremendous freedom. Similarly, forward-bending postures like Padahastasana are proven pick-me-ups, and help fight depression. A middle-aged man came to Sudhir around six months back after an accident, with one of his arms partially immobile and paralytic. With the aid of muscle tension and relaxation followed by gentle yoga to stimulate his will and nerves, the patient gradually regained strength and today is able to do 10 full push-ups at a stretch. Sudhir believes stimulating the will is the key. Bodybuilding and yoga expert Tushar Shil feels a lot of demystification is required to understand yogic practices in day-to-day life. “You don’t need to become a sanyasi or enter into samadhi if you are practicing yoga,” he says. There are certain asanas or yogic postures which can easily take care of certain diseases. For example, Bhujangasana can take care of neck and waist pains. Shalabhasana, Setubandhasana and Ardha-padakotichakrasana can also be practiced for that. Those who have hypertension need to keep their head high during the postures. Again, shat kriyas can help tackle formation of gas and troubles from that. Baman dhouti can also help. “But if a person has high blood pressure, Baman dhouti may not be prescribed. Persons suffering from diabetes mellitus can do Bhujangasana and Pabanmuktasana. There are cases where yoga experts have treated patients suffering from cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Teachers like Bramha Kumaris believe that the only way through which one can have a better life is by attaining peace of mind. Meditation is a primary measure adopted by them. As the Kumaris greet each other or interact with the guests, they say “Om Shanti”, which signifies peace of mind and soul. They believe that uttering the same term again and again will force a person to find peace of mind. Since many of the diseases are psychosomatic in nature, yoga takes the ‘somato-psychic’ way to address them. Ultimately, it’s a science that heals… not faith-based, but one based on practice.
‘Integrate yoga into healthcare system’