The Central government has decided to remove Surya Namaskar from the series of asanas to be performed across the country to celebrate International Yoga Day on June 21.
A news report published in an English daily suggests that the step of removing Surya Namaskar was taken as a consequence of opposition from Muslim groups, to cater to the demands of equality that were raised repeatedly.
In a series of efforts against making ‘Hindu religious practices’ compulsory in educational institutions, the All India Muslim Personal Board (AIMPLB) has demanded that the order mandating Surya Namaskar in schools should also be cancelled.
The board had said that Muslims cannot “salute the sun” as it was against Islam, and that they only bowed before ‘Allah’, according to The Hindu.
This is not the first time that the Centre has received flak for ‘encouraging’ Hindu practices. In April, the Centre had been criticized due to the chanting of ‘Aum’ while issuing a common protocol for the commemoration of the International Yoga Day.
Yoga and physical therapy(PT) are effective approaches to treating co-occurring sleep disturbance and back pain while reducing the need for medication, a new study suggests.
Published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the research from Boston University in US, showed significant improvements in sleep quality lasting 52 weeks after 12 weeks of yoga classes or 1-on-1 PT, which suggests a long-term benefit of these non-pharmacologic approaches.
In addition, participants with early improvements in pain after six weeks of treatment were three and a half times more likely to have improvements in sleep after the full, 12-week treatment, highlighting that pain and sleep are closely related.
“Identifying holistic ways to treat these conditions could help decrease the reliance on these medications as well as keep patients safer and more comfortable,” said study lead researcher Eric Roseen.
Sleep disturbance and insomnia are common among people with chronic low back pain (cLBP).
Previous research showed that 59 per cent of people with cLBP experience poor sleep quality and 53 per cent are diagnosed with insomnia disorder.
Medication for both sleep and back pain can have serious side effects, and risk of opioid-related overdose and death increases with use of sleep medications.
In the current study, the randomised controlled trial included 320 adults with cLBP and seven surrounding community health centres.
At the beginning of the study, over 90 per cent of participants with cLBP were found to suffer from poor sleep.
Participants were assigned one of three different therapies for cLBP: Weekly yoga, physical therapy or reading educational materials.