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  • Yoga can reduce medical expenses through preventing diseases
  • Citing the cases of amputees continuing to feel pain in their phantom limbs
  • Actor-activist Anupam Kher said that often one’s happiness is left in the hands of others

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United Nations, June 22, 2017: Yoga empowers people to take control of their lives and achieve better health at lower cost to society, according to experts at a forum here on Wednesday celebrating the Third International Day of Yoga (IDY).

Bruce Lipton, a developmental biologist, said the emerging field of epigenetics shows that “we are not determined by (our) genes” and can be “powerful mastersa of one’s own life. Yoga, he said, can help people overcome their genetic inheritance and change their health outcomes.

This year’s IDY theme was “Yoga for Health” and the science, health, business and yoga experts on the panel at the UN spoke of how its proliferation can lead the way to better health for all with a reduction in healthcare costs and achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO), which co-sponsored the event, is in the middle of a year-long campaign, “Let’s talk about depression,” which takes aim at this specific mental health problem.

Nata Menabde, the Executive Director of WHO UN Office, said yoga combats depression and has a role in the campaign.

WHO was collaborating with leading academic institutions around the world, including some in the Ivy League, on scientific research on the health effects of yoga, she said.

Yoga can reduce medical expenses through preventing diseases, she added.

Swami Chidanand Saraswati of the Paramarta Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh said healthcare should move from medicine to meditation because of its power to heal.

In hospitals, he said, meditation should be used alongside medication as society moves from healthcare to “Yoga care”. This would lead to tremendous savings in healthcare costs, he added.

Keith Mitchell, a former US National Football League star who suffered a career-ending spinal injury during a game that virtually paralysed him, gave powerful testimony about the healing power of yoga.

Starting with breathing exercises and then through other yoga exercises, he was able to walk again, he said.

Lack of connection to family and society lies at the root of illnesses and yoga can help overcome this through bringing about a connection to family and society, said Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, also of the Paramarta Niketan Ashram.

Citing the cases of amputees continuing to feel pain in their phantom limbs — the parts that have been removed — she said that experience of physical pain is in the mind and yoga, through its effects on the mind, can help control pain.

Another testimony to the power of yoga in a different area came from Stanton Kawer, the CEO of a US marketing company. He said that what he learned through yoga helped his business when applied to the work environment.

Workers’ engagement with their work and company ultimately boosts the success of the company and this could be achieved through yoga, he said.

Bringing the yoga principles of honouring and respecting people to the workplace makes a difference and this has worked for his company, he said.

Actor-activist Anupam Kher said that often one’s happiness is left in the hands of others, but yoga’s impact is enabling one to be oneself and finding happiness within. (IANS)

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Avoid Diabetes With Yoga, Weight Lifting

It was also found that just an hour's workout every week could cut the risk by 13 percent

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If you wish to avoid turning diabetic, better start exercising for just half-an-hour a day, a Harvard University research has found while advising yoga and weight lifting.

According to the research, the chance of developing Type 2 diabetes was cut by between 30 and 40 per cent with just three-and-a-half hours of exercise a week, Daily Mail reported Wednesday.

It was also found that just an hour’s workout every week could cut the risk by 13 percent.

The study, which followed 100,000 women, also showed muscle-strengthening exercises such as yoga and weight lifting fend off the condition.

Scientists showed that those doing at least 150 minutes of aerobic activity a week – and at least an hour of muscle-strengthening – had the best results.

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Published by the journal PLOS Medicine, the study was carried out by scientists from Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Southern Denmark.

Researchers studied 99,316 middle-aged and older women, who did not have diabetes at the beginning of the study, for eight years. During the period, 3,491 women developed Type 2 diabetes.

They studied the effects of weekly time spent on resistance exercise, lower intensity muscular conditioning exercises and aerobic moderate and vigorous physical activity.

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“Our study suggests that engagement in muscle-strengthening and conditioning activities (resistance exercise, yoga, stretching, toning) is associated with a lower risk of (Type 2 diabetes),” the researchers said.

“Despite limitations to which this research can be applied to women in general, it underlines the message that leading an active healthy lifestyle can help to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes,” said Richard Elliott, research communications officer at Diabetes, UK. (IANS)

One response to “Avoid Diabetes With Yoga, Weight Lifting”

  1. I like Yoga, In July of 2017. it was discovered that I got type 2 diabetes, By the end of the July month. I was given a prescription for the Metformin, I stated with the some diet and followed it completely for several weeks but was unable to get my blood sugar below 140, Without results to how for my hard work. I really panicked and called my doctor. His response?? Deal with it yourself, I started to feel that something wasn’t right and do my own research, Then I found Lisa’s great blog (google ” How I freed myself from diabetes ” ) .. I read it from cover to cover and I started with the diet and by the next week. my blood sugar was 100, Since then. I get a fasting reading between the mid 70s and 80s, My doctor was very surprised at the results that. the next week. he took me off the Metformin drug, I lost 16 pounds in my first month and lost more than 3+ inches off my waist and I’m able to work out twice a day while still having lots of energy. The truth is that we can get off the drugs and help myself by trying natural methods..