Hindus laud Beth Israel Medical Center for launching Kids Yoga

Hindus have applauded Beth Israel Medical Center (BIMC), a distinguished New York (USA) teaching hospital incorporated by Jews in 1890, for starting “Kids Yoga”.

Benefitting children of 4-13 years age, this Kids Yoga program claims to focus on “having fun while practicing spatial awareness, coordination, balance and focus, teamwork, breath awareness and relaxation”.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, praising BIMC for integrating yoga with medicine, said that although introduced and nourished by Hinduism, yoga was a world heritage and liberation powerhouse to be utilized by all.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stated that yoga, referred as “a living fossil” whose traces went back to around 2,000 BCE to Indus Valley civilization, was a mental and physical discipline handed down from one guru to next, for everybody to share and benefit from. According to Patanjali who codified it in Yoga Sutra, yoga was a methodical effort to attain perfection, through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical. It was the repository of something basic in the human soul and psyche, Zed added.

BIMC also offers “Pain and Palliative Care Yoga” for those “looking to move beyond the constraints of pain and to open up to greater possibilities of movement and balance”. “Integrative Yoga Therapy Program” (IYTP) of the Center  under which “yoga therapists provide bedside care to patients and provide support for family members, care providers, and hospital staff”, with sessions focusing on “gentle movement, restorative postures, meditation practices and breath awareness techniques”, are designed to promote relaxation and healing. The goal of the IYTP is to “help patients relieve symptoms of “PANIC” (pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, and constipation), and to develop an awareness of their breathing and own internal healing mechanisms”.

According to United States National Institutes of Health, yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress. According to an estimate, about 16 million Americans, including many celebrities, now practice yoga.

Harris M. Nagler is President of BIMC, Steven Hochberg is Chairman of its Board of Trustees and Louise Klebanoff is President of its Medical Board.

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