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Introducing Yoga at Minnesota: Hindus praise the practice in the State Fair

Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life

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  • The Fair is one of the largest expositions in the world, first held in 1859, and has initiated the “Great Yoga Get-Together at Carousel Park”
  • Zed, President of the Universal Society of Hinduism, has also called yoga “a living fossil” in a statement in Nevada and said that it is a discipline, both mental and physical, for everyone to share
  • Yoga has been scientifically proven to be relaxing and a stress-eliminator. It also aids in gaining flexibility, improved posture, and better breathing

Hindus in Nevada have praised the Minnesota State Fair for introducing yoga on August 25, in 2016 event. The Fair is one of the largest expositions in the world, first held in 1859, and has initiated the “Great Yoga Get-Together at Carousel Park”.

The demonstration will encourage the attendees of the fair to “stop by to try different styles of yoga” with skilled instructors in a plethora of classes. It will also include activities, prize drawings, and even information about the benefits of yoga.

According to punjabnewsexpress.com, Hindu statesman, Rajan Zed, has commended the act and said it is a “step towards positive direction”. He also questioned the delay in appreciating the many benefits yoga offers and encouraged all US state fairs to launch similar practices. He said, it will be a movement towards the positive and provide all the fair attendees to discover and incorporate “the unique treasure” into their lives.

Crowd at Minnesota State Fair 2012. Image source: By Anndelion on Wikimedia Commons
The crowd at Minnesota State Fair 2010. Image source: By Anndelion on Wikimedia Commons

Zed, President of the Universal Society of Hinduism also called yoga “a living fossil” in a statement in Nevada and said that it is a discipline, both mental and physical, for everyone to share. It was, he said, introduced and developed by Hinduism, but is now a heritage for everybody and a “liberation powerhouse to be utilized by all”.

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Yoga has been scientifically proven to be relaxing and a eliminate stress. It also aids in gaining flexibility, improved posture, and better breathing. A 2016 Yoga in America Study has stated that practicing yoga also improves self-image. It also indicated how popular yoga is becoming amongst Americans with 37 million people and celebrities having taken it up already, mentioned punjabnewsexpress.com.

The American Osteopathic Association has also listed the other used as: increased muscle strength and tone, improved energy and vitality, maintaining a balanced metabolism, weight reduction, cardio and circulatory health, improved athletic performance, and protection from injury. It also states how yoga relieves stress, and in turn relieves the various physical effects stress can have on the body, for instance, back and neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, drug abuse, and an inability to concentrate.

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Dr. Natalie Nevins, DO, a board-certified osteopathic family physician as well as a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor in Hollywood, has said, “Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life. Whether you’re a couch potato or a professional athlete, size and fitness levels do not matter because there are modifications for every yoga pose and beginner classes in every style. The idea is to explore your limits, not strive for some pretzel-like perfection. It is a great way to get in tune with your body and your inner self.”

– prepared by Varsha Gupta of NewsGram. Twitter: @VarshaGupta94

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Kids in LMICs Receive Excessive Amount of Antibiotic Prescriptions

Kids in low income countries prescribed excess antibiotics

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Children who receive excessive antibiotic prescriptions may lose the ability to fight pathogens. Pixabay

Kids in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) are receiving an excessive amount of antibiotic prescriptions that could harm the children’s ability to fight pathogens as well as increase antibiotic resistance worldwide, warns a new study.

Children in these countries received 25 antibiotic prescriptions through age five – a “remarkable” estimate, given that two antibiotic prescriptions per year is considered excessive in many high-income settings, said the study published in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

“We knew children in LMICs are sick more often, and we knew antibiotic prescription rates are high in many countries. What we did not know was how these elements translate into actual antibiotic exposure – and the results are rather alarming,” said lead author of the study Gunther Fink from Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), Basel, Switzerland.

Antimicrobial resistance is one of today’s biggest threats to global health and development, according to the World Health Organization.

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Children in LMICs received 25 antibiotic prescriptions through age. Pixabay

One factor contributing to this global health threat is the excessive use of antibiotics worldwide.

The research team from Swiss TPH and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the US analysed data from 2007-2017 from health facilities and household surveys from eight countries: Haiti, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nepal, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Results showed that antibiotics were administered in 81 per cent of cases for children with a respiratory illness, in 50 per cent for children with diarrhoea, and in 28 per cent for children with malaria.

The researchers found that the number of antibiotic prescriptions in early childhood varied from country to country.

While a child in Senegal received approximately one antibiotic prescription per year in the first five years of life, a child in Uganda was prescribed up to 12.

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In comparison, a prior study showed that children under five in Europe receive less than one antibiotic prescription per year on average.

“This number is still high given that the vast majority of infections in this age group are of viral origin,” said study co-author Valerie D’Acremont from Swiss TPH. (IANS)