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New Jersey’s Catholic hospital integrated yoga, Hindus welcome

Patients of the Metabolic and Bariatric Center at Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark (New Jersey, USA) will soon be receiving therapeutic yoga classes available at the hospital, according to Center release.

The introduction of these yoga classes is part of the Center’s holistic and comprehensive approach to weight loss. “Studies have shown that regular yoga practice is associated with more mindful eating, which means one is more aware of when they’re hungry and what they’re hungry for,” says Dr. Beth Haessig, psychologist in the Center. “Yoga can also help regulate stress, and reduce anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, so it focuses on the whole person.”

Director of the Metabolic and Bariatric Center at Saint Michael’s Medical Center Dr. Saniea F. Majid says: “We are very excited to integrate yoga classes into our program…Yoga is another excellent tool to help our patients sustain the  weight loss and address the emotional stressors that contribute to weight problems in the first place.”

Welcoming the gesture of Saint Michael’s Medical Center, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, 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, further said that yoga, referred as “a living fossil” whose traces went back to around 2,000 BCE to Indus Valley civilization, wasa 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, Zed added.

Rajan Zed pointed out that yoga, which never had any formal organization, was the repository of something basic in the human soul and psyche.

According to USA’s 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 21 million Americans, including many celebrities, now practice yoga.

“The mission of Saint Michael’s Medical Center, a member of Catholic Health East, sponsored by Hope Ministries, rooted in the healing ministry of Jesus…” includes “focusing on treating all persons in the Franciscan tradition”.  This premier teaching and research institution, established by the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in 1867, claims to provide “top-quality health-care services delivered with compassionate care”. David A. Ricci is CEO.

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