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K. J. Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies announces admissions for its Diploma courses in Yoga

The Advanced Diploma makes the student eligible to do the MA (Yoga) from Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University

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  • K.J Somaiya part of the esteemed Somaiya Vidyavihar clan announces two Diploma courses in Yoga to students all over India
  • Somaiya VidyaVihar encompasses 34 institutions, with more than 35,000 students and 1,400 faculties
  • Admissions for Diploma in Foundations of Yoga and Advanced Diploma in Yoga will be recognised by University of Mumbai 

Admissions for Diploma in Foundations of Yoga and Advanced Diploma in Yoga, both recognized by the University of Mumbai have been announced by K.J Somaiya Centre of Buddhist Studies. The Advanced Diploma makes the student eligible to do the MA (Yoga) from Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University.

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The courses are run by Dr. N Ganesh Rao, a renowned Holistic Yoga Master. Apart from academic contribution, Dr. Rao has conducted several workshops in Yoga on wide-ranging topics like Awareness Building, Creativity, Leadership, Optimizing Efficiency and Output, Pranayama, Stress Management, Excellence in Life, Yoga Therapy, Kundalini Awakening. He is known for his skilful emphasis on the various dimensions of yoga – physical, mental, psychological – and the ultimate aim of transcending all of them.

The courses will be conducted every Saturday from 2 pm to 5 pm, for a period of 10 months.

An orientation program for the admission  to  the courses will be held on  Saturday, July  23, 2016, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. at  K. J. Somaiya Center for Buddhist Studies, 3rd Floor, SIMSR, Somaiya Campus, Vidyavihar (E), Mumbai – 400077. 

Candidates need to clear Board examination (10th standard) to be eligible for the Diploma in Foundations of Yoga while the Advanced  Diploma course in Yoga is for those who have completed the Diploma in Foundations of Yoga.

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K.J.Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies Logo. Image source: www.somaiya.edu

K.J Somaiya part of the esteemed Somaiya Vidyavihar announces two Diploma courses in Yoga to students all over India. Somaiya VidyaVihar encompasses 34 institutions, with more than 35,000 students and 1,400 faculties. Its main campus is in Mumbai, but Somaiya Vidyavihar also operates six schools in rural India. It was founded by the Shri Karamshi Jethabhai Somaiya in 1959, to provide quality holistic education.

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 Somaiya Vidyavihar has always been a place with a purpose – making a positive difference in the quality of life of its students and the community. It is known as much for its science, technology, engineering, management, social sciences and commerce programs, as for its programs for academic studies in various faiths and cultures of India.

You can check out their website at www.somaiya.edu

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Yoga Face-toning May Compete With Fillers, Face-lifts

"The jury is still out on whether or not facial yoga is effective in reversing the signs of aging," he said in an email.

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Yoga face toning is an effective way of reducing the signs of ageing. VOA
  • Yoga face toning may take over botox and face lifting procedures.
  • 27 participants noted changes in their faces after weeks of this experiment.
  • It is still a matter of discussion if this method can reverse ageing or not.

In his toolbox of Botox, fillers and plastic surgery, cosmetic dermatologist Dr Murad Alam has added a new, low-cost, noninvasive anti-ageing treatment: facial yoga.

Dermatologists measured improvements in the appearance of the faces of a small group of middle-aged women after they did half an hour of daily face-toning exercises for eight weeks, followed by alternate-day exercises for another 12 weeks.

Facial exercises are healthier than surgeries. Pixabay
Facial exercises are healthier than surgeries. Pixabay

The results surprised lead author Alam, vice chair and professor of dermatology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

“In fact, the results were stronger than I expected,” he said in a phone interview. “It’s really a win-win for patients.”

Participants included 27 women between 40 and 65, though only 16 completed the full course. It began with two 90-minute muscle-resistant facial exercise-training sessions led by co-author Gary Sikorski of Happy Face Yoga in Providence, Rhode Island.

Participants learned to perform cheek pushups and eye-bag removers, among other exercises. Then they practised at home.

Improvements noted

Dermatologists looking at unmarked before-and-after photos saw improvements in upper cheek and lower cheek fullness, and they estimated the average age of women who stuck with the program as significantly younger at the end than at the start.

Face yoga is a healthier substitute to surgical procedures. Pixabay
Face yoga is a healthier substitute for surgical procedures. Pixabay

The average estimated age dropped almost three years, from nearly 51 years to 48 years.

Participants also rated themselves as more satisfied with the appearance of their faces at the study’s end, Alam and colleagues reported in JAMA Dermatology.

“Now there is some evidence that facial exercises may improve facial appearance and reduce some visible signs of ageing,” Alam said. “Assuming the findings are confirmed in a larger study, individuals now have a low-cost, non-toxic way of looking younger or augmenting other cosmetic or anti-ageing treatments they may be seeking.”

The exercises enlarge and strengthen facial muscles to firm and tone the face, giving it a younger appearance, he said.

Happy Face sells instructional worksheets — promising smoother skin, firmed cheeks and raised eyelids — for $19.95. DVDs cost $24.95.

Some skepticism

But not all dermatologists are rushing to promote the videos or the exercises.

Dr John Chi, a plastic surgeon and professor at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, said the study raises more questions than it answers.

“The jury is still out on whether or not facial yoga is effective in reversing the signs of ageing,” he said in an email.

Chi, who was not involved with the study, said he would recommend facial yoga to patients who found it relaxing and enjoyable but not for the purpose of facial rejuvenation.

“While the premise of facial exercises to improve the facial appearance or reverse signs of ageing is an appealing one, there is little evidence to suggest that there is any benefit in this regard,” he said.

Chi said facial yoga had not been rigorously examined in peer-reviewed scientific studies. Asked whether procedures such as face-lifts, Botox and fillers had been rigorously examined in peer-reviewed studies, he replied: “Great question. Attempts to do so have been made in the scientific literature with variable levels of scientific rigour.”

Alam agrees that his study raises additional research questions, such as whether the exercises would work for men and how much time people need to commit to doing the exercises for them to be optimally effective. He would like to see a larger study. VOA