BAPS Charities Health Fair in Toronto Connects Health Professionals with the Community

BAPS Charities hosted several hundred participants at its 14th annual Health Fair on Sunday September 24, 2017 at the BAPS Swaminarayan Complex in Toronto.  This year’s Health Fair aimed to provide practical, preventative health care information for community members of all ages.

Over 50 health care professionals volunteered for the event, including dentists, optometrists, nurses, lab technicians, pharmacists and family physicians. Collectively, these professionals provided a variety of services and screening tests including audiograms, eye screenings and dental screenings. Participants were also able to attend relevant workshops on various health topics such as diabetes and yoga as well as receive individual consultations on issues including diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol.

Special guests at the Health Fair included Councillor Vincent Crisanti, Ward 1 – Etobicoke North, thanked the volunteers of BAPS Charities and said, “BAPS Charities has always taken a very wholesome approach. Part of being healthy is having healthy families. This event has grown over the years and I am happy to be here to kick off the health fair. Let’s stay healthy.”

“I’ve been volunteering with the BAPS Charities Health Fair for several years now”, said Lalit Wadhvana, “Each year, I see the event growing and evolving to address some pressing health issues facing our community. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the ability to help my neighbours, friends and community members lead healthier, longer lives! Continue reading “BAPS Charities Health Fair in Toronto Connects Health Professionals with the Community”

Forgiveness Can Heal You

Message to the world for Dada J.P Vaswani’s 99th birthday on Aug.2nd 2107.

A troubled conscience will never allow us to live in peace and quiet – and our conscience will continue to remain troubled unless we rid ourselves of the hatred and resentment that makes us unforgiving.

If we wish to achieve inner peace, there is only one way – release ourselves from anger and resentment, learn to let go of hatred, and practice forgiveness. The truth is, if you are unable to forgive and forget, you pay the price in emotional terms. What form this emotional, physical deprivation may take, it is difficult to predict.

Medical experts tell us that anger accelerates our ageing process. Anger is indeed a very natural human reaction. But if we let anger remain in the heart within, it ceases to be mature and natural — it festers into a grudge. When we refuse to forgive people, we are letting our grudge control our life.

We all know that stress causes insomnia — but so can bitterness! Research has even revealed a relationship between unresolved anger and cardiac arrest. People who hold grudges fall easy prey to illness and disease. When they make the conscious decision to cease hatred and resentment — they set themselves on the road to recovery. This is why hatred has been likened to cancer — it is the cancer of bitterness that destroys both body and soul.

A woman suffered from severe rheumatic pains in the knee joint. No medicines were of any avail. The pain went on increasing, until a holy man asked her, “Do you hold a grudge against anyone?” Continue reading “Forgiveness Can Heal You”

Yoga practitioners propagate long term health benefits for enthusiasts

By Staff Reporter

Toronto

 Yoga is rising in popularity all over the world because of the health benefits it offers to enthusiasts. According to yoga practitioners, health benefits of yoga are both physical and mental, bringing immediate long lasting effects to those who practice it.    Yoga contributes directly to human happiness, says Satish Thakkar, Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Yoga Day Canada (IYDC)

“In the 21st century, happiness index has also emerged as an important parameter of economic development, and here again yoga contributes directly to human happiness,” he says.   “It is time for a change in the approach to health care by paying more attention to prevention.  The advocacy of yoga as an alternative form of health care can bring about a substantive change in reducing health care costs and promoting overall wellbeing of Canadians. Equally, yoga is directly instrumental in enhancing productivity thereby contributing to economic progress.”

With this in mind, the third International Day of Yoga is being celebrated at the International Centre in Mississauga on Sunday, June 25, 2017.    World renowned Yogrishi Baba Ramdev, who has taught and touched the lives of over 800 million followers all over the world, will lead the practice of yoga in the morning and Sister Shivani, with a following of over 200 million, will lead the meditation in the evening.  More than 10,000 people are expected to participate in the IYDC celebrations, says Thakkar who himself does 60 minutes of yoga every day.

“Yoga’s rising acceptance among the masses is because it is inexpensive and inherently simple to practice. All it requires from the practitioner is discipline and dedication. Pertinently, by involving the mental faculties as keenly as physicality, yoga transcends from being a mere exercise routine and transforms into an instrument to alleviate both body and mind. Yoga is at the root of the mindfulness and wellness endeavours that advocate a holistic approach to the understanding one’s existence both by knowing one’s minds and one’s body,” says the Yoga proponent, the chair of IYDC,  the not-for-profit organisation formed in 2015 to promote yoga in Canada.

Organizations with a global footprint engaged in popularising and propagating the virtues of yoga are collaborating with the IYDC for the program.

According to statistics, yoga has grown by over 70 percent in the United States in the last five years, indicating a spiralling popularity of an ancient form of self-purification and self-actualisation technique which originated in India. Purely from a commercial standpoint, in the United States, yoga is estimated to be over $30 billion industry.

In Canada, says Thakkar, the healthcare system is under a severe strain already and the financial burden of a rapidly aging demographic is expected to grow exponentially in the near future.   The population of seniors are outnumbering youth, a situation that has major implications on health care budgets. Continue reading “Yoga practitioners propagate long term health benefits for enthusiasts”

Washington DC ice hockey team offering free “Playoff Stress” yoga classes to fans

The 2016-17 Presidents’ Trophy winners Washington DC based professional ice hockey team Washington Capitals (Caps) is offering free yoga sessions held in the morning of each Caps game day in upcoming Stanley Cup playoffs April 12 to 26.

Called “Playoff Stress Yoga”, Caps team yoga instructor Kelly Moore will host these yoga sessions on the rooftop of Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington (Virginia). These one-hour workouts begin at 06:30 am, which are open to the public on a first come first serve basis but the participants have to complete an RSVP form. First class will be held on April 13, when Caps head into their first round matchup with Toronto Maple Leafs, and the last seventh class will be held on April 25.

According to an NHL.COM newsitem: The Stanley Cup Playoffs can really stress out a fan base. Continue reading “Washington DC ice hockey team offering free “Playoff Stress” yoga classes to fans”

Dublin Archdiocese host yoga in Kilcullen Parish Centre

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin (Ireland) and its Kilcullen Parish are hosting yoga classes in Kilcullen Parish Centre.

These vinyasa flow yoga classes, suitable for all levels and everyone, will help participants strengthen, stretch, tone and relax; an announcement says. Janine Callaghan of This Is Yoga is the teacher. On her website, Janine, who says “yoga is for absolutely everyone”, seems to define yoga as: Rooting down and going deep inside without judgment to find a bit of peace and space in our lives.

Kilcullen is about 168 miles from Drumsurn (Northern Ireland), where a priest of Waterside Parish of Roman Catholic Diocese of Derry Father Reverend Roland Colhoun reportedly linked yoga to Satan in 2015. As reported by Derry Journal, Colhoun “warned parishioners against taking part in yoga” while saying mass in Drumsurn. “Yoga is certainly a risk. There’s the spiritual health risk”, Journal quoted him. The Independent of United Kingdom quoted him as saying “Yoga leads to Satan” and that he fears it could lead to “The Kingdom of Darkness”. “It’s a slippery slope from yoga to Satan”, RT channel said quoting him. Continue reading “Dublin Archdiocese host yoga in Kilcullen Parish Centre”

Yoga holds potential promise in helping improve PTSD

— per University of North Carolina study

“Overall, the researchers found that yoga holds potential promise for helping improve anxiety, depression, PTSD and/or the psychological consequences of trauma”, according to a University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill news-release regarding a study by researchers at its School of Social Work.

Release adds that the study “suggested that clinicians and service providers consider recommending yoga as an intervention” in addition to other treatments.

According to the published abstract of this study in “Trauma, Violence, & Abuse” Journal, under the title “Yoga for Trauma and Related Mental Health Problems”, which undertook a systematic meta-review of 13 literature reviews (which examined 185 distinct studies): Findings show that the evidence regarding yoga as an intervention for the effects of trauma as well as the mental health symptoms and illnesses often associated with trauma is encouraging. Continue reading “Yoga holds potential promise in helping improve PTSD”

The Solar Secret of Cells

Isn’t it amazing to see that even teenagers today are suffering from premature graying and resorting to lacing their bodies with chemical-based cosmetics in a bid to make their face glow and hair shine? On the other hand, our rishis of yore not only had a great physique but also had glowing complexions, shiny mane and a healthy body till the very end; they did not age. What was it that they did, that was so different? Had they found the fountain of youth? In truth they simply understood the principles that govern the creation. The good news is that they have left this reservoir of gyan on anti-ageing in the form of yogic techniques like the Sanatan Kriya, the practice of which brings a being in harmony with nature. Continue reading “The Solar Secret of Cells”

Anti Ageing- Arrest Ageing Naturally!

The vedic rishis were the masters of physical and the spiritual, super beings who controlled prakriti and all its manifestations. The physical body comprising of the five mahabhutas (elements) had been completely mastered by them.

From the masters of the vedic era to the present-day doctors of modern and alternative medicine, all are engaged in finding a solution to somehow stop, or at least, slow down the body clock. Many on realizing that they are ageing, lose their mental balance. A lot accept it as the inevitable. Some get stressed and fearful, and it is these vulnerable people who fall prey to business-minded companies selling anti-ageing creams, tonics, rejuvenating serums which at best camouflage the symptoms, addressing just the periphery while the core goes unnoticed. With time, the core emerges revealing the facts, but by then the precious years have been lost and the damage is now irreversible.  Continue reading “Anti Ageing- Arrest Ageing Naturally!”

ANTI AGEING : Reverse Ageing the Vedic way…

In the last article we had discussed how ageing starts at the level of cell. At the time of conception, you were just one cell. Gradually this cell divided itself, multiple times repeatedly, to create the body that you identify yourself with today. In the process of growing up and your day-to-day activities, the cells keep on dividing. Each cell can divide only a limited number of times (modern science calls it the Hayflick limit) and every new cell is weaker than the parent cell. Even as you are reading this article, the cells in your body are constantly splitting up into new ones, and some old ones are dying. This is constant weakening of cells manifests as ageing in the body. Continue reading “ANTI AGEING : Reverse Ageing the Vedic way…”