Wednesday July 17, 2019

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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Massive Displacement in DR Congo’s Ebola-Affected Ituri Province Poses Serious Health Hazard

At least 160 people were killed during renewed clashes early last month between Lendu farmers and Hema herders

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FILE - A woman and her children wait to receive Ebola vaccinations, in the village of Mabalako, in eastern Congo Monday, June 17, 2019. VOA

The International Organization for Migration warns massive displacement from renewed inter-ethnic fighting in DR Congo’s Ebola-affected Ituri province poses a serious health hazard.

At least 160 people were killed during renewed clashes early last month between Lendu farmers and Hema herders in Ituri province.  U.N. agencies report the violence has displaced hundreds of thousands of people and sent more than 7,500 refugees fleeing for their lives into neighboring Uganda.

The International Organization for Migration reports people who have fled the frontline of the conflict are living in abysmal conditions that create a fertile ground for the spread of disease, most worryingly Ebola.

The latest World Health Organization figures put the number of Ebola cases at 2,382, including 1,606 deaths.  The bulk of these cases and deaths are in conflict-ridden North Kivu province   About 10 percent are in Ituri.

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The International Organization for Migration warns massive displacement from renewed inter-ethnic fighting. Pixabay

The inter-communal fighting has displaced an estimated 400,000 people.  IOM spokesman, Joel Millman, says his agency manages 12 displacement sites in Ituri’s Djugu Territory.  Thousands of people unable to cram into these overcrowded camps, he says, are sheltering in spontaneous sites.

“Poor hygiene conditions in displacement sites severely increase the risk that Ebola, as well as cholera, measles and acute respiratory diseases, will spread,” Millman said. “Many of these people are seeking assistance in Ebola-affected Bunia, where the displacement site officially called “General Hospital Site” has received more than 5,000 new Internally Displaced Persons, increasing the site’s population to 10,000 or twice its capacity.”

Millman says plans are underway to relocate many of the IDPs to a new improved settlement on land owned by Bunia’s Catholic Diocese.

He says IOM also is reinforcing its Ebola surveillance and disease prevention activities at Ituri’s Points of Entry at International borders.  Measures include hand washing, hygiene promotion, and screening travelers for possible Ebola infections.

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On June 11, the first case of Ebola spread across the border from DRC to Uganda.  A five-year old boy and his grandmother subsequently died from the deadly virus.

Millman says IOM is working to reduce disease transmission to new areas and across borders by expanding its preparedness measures to include Uganda, South Sudan and Burundi. (VOA)