KEM Hospital is all set to promote the age-old practice of yoga for not just its patients, but also for its doctors and other staff.
Dr Shubhangi Parker, deputy dean (academics) of the hospital said, “Abroad, yoga and its benefits are widely recognised. It is an Indian therapy, why not help our patients reap its benefits here? So we decided to introduce yoga therapy in our hospital.”
According to Dr Parker, there will be volunteers who will help patients from different departments learn yoga that add to their treatment.
“There are different yoga asanas for different diseases. According to the patient’s medical history, the volunteers will teach them tailor-made yoga asanas,” Dr Parker said.
With the increasing number of Mumbaikars suffering from different stages of depression, psychiatrists are advocating yoga as a treatment.
The yoga therapy programme of KEM Hospital is supported by the Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute. Volunteers from the institute will help set up the programme at the hospital. Dr Parker added that the city’s hectic pace has led to sedentary lifestyles leading to a rise in cases diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. “Yoga is very efficient in fighting such lifestyle diseases. It helps keep you fit by keeping the diseases at bay,” the doctor said.
Doctors and other staff at the hospital will also be encouraged to embrace yoga therapy in their lives.
The hospital also plans to install statues in various yoga postures in different parts of the hospital premises. “Though yoga has its roots in ancient India, awareness about the postures and their benefit is very poor. Many people tend to forget the asanas. The idols will help create awareness with the visibility,” Dr Parker said.