Mississippi University offering yoga course to reduce anxiety of public performers

University of Mississippi (UM), a public research institution, is offering “Yoga for Performers” course in its Music Department.

Announcement for this one credit course says: “This class is designed to enhance the development of performers by employing yoga to maintain and promote physical and mental health. Yoga develops core strength, flexibility, coordination, and focus, while reducing anxiety and stress associated with performing in public.” According to reports, students have to create a 30-minute yoga program in the second semester.

Founded in 1848, UM (affectionately known as Ole Miss), Mississippi’s flagship and largest university, is included in the elite group of R-1. With more than 24,000 students and operating budget of $2.448 billion (FY 2016), its libraries house nearly 4.43 million volumes of books and journals. Jeffrey S. Vitter and Professor Robert D. Riggs are Chancellor and Music Department Chair respectively of UM, whose “philosophy” includes: “Nurtures excellence in teaching, learning, creativity, and research”.

Yoga, referred as “a living fossil”, was a mental and physical discipline, for everybody to share and benefit from, whose traces went back to around 2,000 BCE to Indus Valley civilization. According to Patanjali who codified it in Yoga Sutra, yoga was a methodical effort to attain perfection, through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical.

According to US National Institutes of Health, yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress. According to a “2016 Yoga in America Study”, about 37 million Americans (which included many celebrities) now practice yoga; and yoga is strongly correlated with having a positive self image.

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Eight Surprising Health Truths You’ve Never Heard Before 

–By Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD

In today’s health-conscious culture, knowledge and truth are powerful agents for healing and continued wellness. Here are eight surprising health truths that will empower you on your journey to lasting health.

We’ve all heard the idiom, If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything. Lately, more and more people are taking this message to heart. The pursuit of fitness, emotional well-being, and healthier diets has taken center stage in our culture like never before. Being accountable for your health is a giant leap in the right direction. But to truly take ownership, you need to know the facts about what causes disease—facts that much of the medical community isn’t yet aware of.

For example, most people are shocked to learn that many life-threatening health problems that run rampant through our culture—cancer, heart disease, and other chronic degenerative diseases—begin in the mouth. It’s just not widespread knowledge. And that’s why people focus on treating symptoms rather than taking steps to prevent illness from forming in the first place.

My new book, Hidden Epidemic: Silent Oral Infections Cause Most Heart Attacks and Breast Cancers, delves into the little-known root causes of life-threatening illnesses like breast cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s—as well as ailments like arthritis, hypertension, chest pain, and headaches.

The more you know, the better you can make informed choices each day to support your wellness. Continue reading “Eight Surprising Health Truths You’ve Never Heard Before “

West Virginia University offering free yoga classes to reduce students’ stress

West Virginia University (WVU), a public research-intensive university in Morgantown, is offering free yoga and meditation classes to reduce the increasing stress experienced by students; and are urging all US universities/colleges to offer such free yoga-meditation programs.

“Yoga and meditation have been proven to reduce stress levels, help with academic performance, and promote overall emotional and physical well-being”, the WVU announcement says. Classes being offered include Body Flow, Guided Meditation, Power Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Vinyasa Flow. The University will also provide yoga mats, meditation cushions, and chairs at no charge.

According to US National Institutes of Health, yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress. According to a “2016 Yoga in America Study”, about 37 million Americans (which included many celebrities) now practice yoga; and yoga is strongly correlated with having a positive self image.

Founded in 1867, WVU offers 340+ majors and has been ranked “among the top 1.5% of universities in the world”. Its students come from 107 countries and all 50 US states. E. Gordon Gee and William D. Wilmoth are the President and Board Chairman respectively. Shannon Foster is Interim Director of WELLWVU, whose mission includes “to foster the complete well being of our students”.

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WCD Ministry launches logo and tagline contest for ‘National Nutrition Mission’ with Rs 1 lakh prize money 

The Ministry of Women & Child Development has launched a contest inviting creative minds to design a logo and suggest a tagline for its prestigious ‘National Nutrition Mission’. It is an opportunity for citizens who aspire to see their design displayed on a National platform.

The Government of India approved the National Nutrition Mission to ensure holistic development and adequate nutrition for pregnant women, mothers and children. The programme targets to reduce the level of stunting, under-nutrition, anaemia and low birth rate. Accordingly, it was felt pertinent to launch an appropriate logo and tagline to generate awareness among the masses.

The Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi has said, “As has been the practice of the Ministry to engage with citizens, the Ministry proposes to invite entries from public for the same. In keeping with the overwhelming response received on similar contests run on the Ministry’s Social Media platform, it is proposed to award a prize money of Rs 1 lakh to the winner.”

Participants are welcome to send either a logo or a tagline or both. In case the logo and tagline selected by the jury are from separate participants, then the prize money would be split. Continue reading “WCD Ministry launches logo and tagline contest for ‘National Nutrition Mission’ with Rs 1 lakh prize money “

Peel Memorial Centre to increase access to care

Ontario has approved a major hospital expansion project at the Peel Memorial Centre to increase access to care and reduce wait times in Brampton.

Dr. Eric Hoskins Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was joined by Vic Dhillon, MPP for Brampton West, and Harinder Malhi, MPP for Brampton-Springdale, at the Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness today to announce the major expansion.

The next phase of redevelopment at Peel Memorial will add more inpatient services, including complex continuing care and rehabilitation for patients and their families.

The province is also making 37 additional beds available at the Brampton Civic Hospital this year, including six more beds announced last month. This investment is part of over 2,000 additional beds and spaces being made available across the province this year.

This support builds on recent health care investments in Brampton, including the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness, which opened in April and offers services to reduce wait times at nearby emergency departments such as urgent care, same-day surgeries, programs for new mothers and mental health supports.

Investing in hospitals is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, Continue reading “Peel Memorial Centre to increase access to care”

Chance at Dance: Balance & Bounce!

Dance party, anyone? Yes, of course!

There’s a dancer in each of us. Everyone can do something, be it just foot tapping or swaying your body with the music. Well, that’s all that you need. So take a chance at dance because that’s one of the best forms of exercise.

It is a fun way to maintain health, stay fit and fight those calories. Not only does it provide physical benefits but it uplifts the mood as well. Even frail, elderly seniors can have a routine which will not only improve their balance but also their gait and cognitive performance. It has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety, so you can bounce back to improved mental health too.

Other forms of exercise can have the same   benefits, but dancing is more appealing because

Social interaction, and fun are mixed together with the workout. In addition to dance studios that offer individual and group lessons, many gyms have dance-fitness classes like Zumba that combine dance and aerobics. Some incorporate styles like belly dancing, Bollywood, and ballet along with Pilates or other core exercises. . Personally, I enjoy dancing –Zumba, Bollywood, Bhangra! I am not trained, probably got the worst moves, but I ‘dance like nobody’s watching’! If there’s a song you just can’t resist, go for it. Never mind what the other person thinks! As long as we don’t step on their toes, we’re ok!

A study by the American Medical Association found that adolescent girls had more positive thoughts and felt more self-confident after dancing. There’s no age limit and this inclusive art is accessible to all. Continue reading “Chance at Dance: Balance & Bounce!”

HEALTHY AND HAPPY; CHOICE NOT CHORE

Every single individual on this planet wants to be happy. Right? Absolutely! There’s no exception! Being happy and wanting to be happy are two different things! Right? Absolutely!

Similarly we all pray for good health. Physically, mentally and emotionally. Maintaining good health and making the most of what we are blessed with is a choice not a chance! It is a decision, an action that brings results. This requires motivation- internal and external. Internal motivation is knowledge, understanding that taking care of our health by regular exercise and diet is crucial to being happy. With the way we feel and look!

Exercise reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes, colon cancer etc. and increases our energy levels. Our anxiety levels are lowered, self-confidence is higher which enhances the overall mood. We all know the benefits of fitness and staying fit. However, many of us find it difficult to spare time for ourselves (which in turn, is for those around us!) to exercise regularly. We come up with excuses for not being motivated enough to schedule a workout routine in our daily activities.

Gyms or fitness centres offer a lot of choices and you can opt for anything that you enjoy the most. Swimming, dancing, yoga, hiking, playing a sport – choose your favourite, so it doesn’t feel like a chore! Have fun with it, make it convenient. If there’s not enough time to drive to the gym, do it in the comfort of your home.

Set a clear goal and once you accomplish that, reward yourself. Not treating yourself to ice-cream or a bar of chocolate! Maybe a movie or new exercise outfit. Stay consistent and persistent. Knowing what makes you tick and combining that with intention and action can achieve supreme results. Continue reading “HEALTHY AND HAPPY; CHOICE NOT CHORE”

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”