It has been scientifically proved that yoga therapy can, to a great extent, tackle lifestyle diseases. May be taking a cue from this, the civic-run KEM hospital has decided to start a yoga department as part of its treatment procedure. The yoga centre will open in a month and a professionally-trained therapist will impart patients lessons in yoga.
It will be for the first time that a civic hospital is setting up a yoga therapy department along with allopathic treatment. The hospital will also have an outdoor-patient department (OPD) dedicated to yoga.
KEM hospital authorities have already held discussions in this regard with experts from Kaivalyadhama Health and Yoga Research Centre, Charni Road. This centre is a spiritual, therapeutic and scientific research centre with a specific aim to coordinate ancient yogic arts with modern science.
"Yoga therapy has had good effect on patients with life style diseases, including stress, diabetes and psychosomatic disorders. Instead of popping down pills, such patients will be advised to do yoga at home.
Yoga is physical, mental, and spiritual exercises, which originated in ancient India," said, Dr Shubhangi Parkar, acting dean of KEM hospital.
She added: "There are some of our former staff and some doctors who are trained in yoga. They have volunteered to teach patients yoga. This facility is not only for patients but also for our staff. Pranayama is "control of breath". Through this patients can achieve healthy body and mind.
According to experts, yoga involves low-impact physical exercises, and is often used for therapeutic purposes. It involves meditation, imagery, breath work and music.
Dr Anil Pachnekar, dean, Indian Medical Association, said: "This is a really good initiative. All hospitals should have such a department and poor patients should benefit. Since long it has been proven that yoga therapy maintains blood flow.