The Candid Eye

January 27, 2010

India inmates take yoga to reduce their jail sentences

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Prisoners in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh are being freed early if they complete yoga courses.For every three months spent practising posture, balance and breathing the inmates can cut their jail time by 15 days.The authorities say the lessons help to improve the prisoners’ self-control and reduce aggression.

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Some 4,000 inmates across the state are benefiting from the scheme, and many go on to become yoga instructors.

‘Angry thoughts’

The state’s inspector general of prisons, Sanjay Mane, said: “Yoga is good for maintaining fitness, calming the behaviour, controlling anger and reducing stress.”When a prisoner attends yoga sessions and fulfils some other conditions, he will be considered for a remission if his jail superintendent recommends his case.”

Prisoners can also gain credit for attending adult literacy courses or studying for degrees.An inmate at Gwalior central jail, Narayan Sharma – who has now moved on to become an instructor – says it helps to banish the “angry thoughts” in his mind.

“It was these thoughts that made me commit crimes,” he said.”I hope that after we are released, we can use what we have learned and promote yoga in society so that people no longer commit crime.”

Source: BBC


January 22, 2010

Yoga ‘cuts inflammation’

Incorporating yoga sessions in your daily routine could lower a number of compounds in the blood and reduce the level of inflammation that normally rises because of both normal aging and stress, revealed a new study.

Conducted by Ohio State University researchers, the study showed that women who routinely practiced yoga had lower amounts of the cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) in their blood.

Yoga reduces Stress!!

The women also showed smaller increases in IL-6 after stressful experiences than did women who were the same age and weight but who were not yoga practitioners.

IL-6 is an important part of the body’s inflammatory response and has been implicated in heart disease, stroke, type-2 diabetes, arthritis and a host of other age-related debilitating diseases.Reducing inflammation may provide substantial short- and long-term health benefits, the researchers suggest.

“In addition to having lower levels of inflammation before they were stressed, we also saw lower inflammatory responses to stress among the expert yoga practitioners in the study,” explained Dr. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, professor of psychiatry and psychology and lead author of the study.

“Hopefully, this means that people can eventually learn to respond less strongly to stressors in their everyday lives by using yoga and other stress-reducing modalities,” she added.

For the study, researchers assembled a group of 50 women, age 41 on average. Ron Glaser, a co-author and a professor of molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics, said that the study has some fairly clear implications for health.

“We know that inflammation plays a major role in many diseases. Yoga appears to be a simple and enjoyable way to add an intervention that might reduce risks for developing heart disease, diabetes and other age-related diseases. This is an easy thing people can do to help reduce their risks of illness,” he said.The study was published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.

Source: TOI

April 25, 2009

Christian Appropriation of Yoga!

Masquerading another person’s work as one’s own is illegal and punishable act under copyrights violation.Cindy Senarighi, a kleptomaniac, calls herself as christian yogini.Though yoga is inseparable from India & Hinduism,Yoga devotion company co-founded by Cindy Senaighi along with Robin Norsted,teaches the christianised yoga classes.In Senarighi’s yoga classes, the Sun God has been baptised as Son (of God) and Sun Salutation is being taught as Son Salutation.Om has become Amen.Reports say that christian yoga was introduced as ealry as 1962 for evangelical purposes.Time had run an article on this.

These kleptomaniacs say that traditional yoga is missing the spritual quotient and thus it is necessary to chritianise yoga.But what do these people mean by christianisation of yoga?They follow each and every postures and breath patterns in the same order as being taught in the traditonal yoga classes conducted by Hindu institutes.The only difference are name changes.In 1989, the Vatican issued a notice to all the bishops of Catholic churces saying that “Eastern practises such as yoga can degenerate into a cult of the body and can lead surreptitiously to considering all bodily sensations as spiritual experiences”.

Yoga being a  multi million dollor industry will do only harm to the participants pratising the christianised form of yoga and the owners of these companies would not mind masquerading or appropriation of yoga for the sake of money and popularity and Evangelical purposes.You can teach the Hindu traditional yoga and still earn money and feel close to God.Christianised yoga on the other side will not give rise to spritual awakening as yoga mandates certain rules(Yama) and disciplines(Niyama).One of the Yamas is truth which is absent in Christian yoga.Christian yoga, invented for Evangelical purposes will do only harm to people who practise it.When more and more people are opting for de-baptism all over the world, these people are baptising the Indian Hindu Yoga.Will this nonsense be stopped?

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