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Belgium's Khan brothers show EU the yoga way
In a run-up to the International Day of Yoga on 21 June, Sameer Khan led a special yoga session in Berlaymont, the headquarters of the European Commission, in the Belgian capital on Thursday
 
Ten years back Feroze and Sameer Khan opened their yoga centre in Brussels, starting initially in the auditorium of the Indian embassy. Today, they are household names in the European Union (EU) circles on yoga.
 
In a run-up to the International Day of Yoga on 21 June, Sameer Khan led a special yoga session in Berlaymont, the headquarters of the European Commission, in the Belgian capital on Thursday. Among those who participated was Cecilia Malmstrom, the EU’s trade commissioner.
 
Feroze and Sameer Khan hail from Pune and learnt their yoga from the famed BKS Iyengar. They are certified yoga trainers from the Bikram Yoga College of India in the Los Angeles and are affiliated yoga instructors at the European Commission since 2006.
 
As Feroze Khan heads to New Delhi to participate in the International Conference on Yoga being organised to mark the International Day of Yoga, analysts opined that their role in extending India’s soft power in Europe will certainly be acknowledged. 
 
The elder Feroze is now successfully running Bikram Yoga centres also in Frankfurt in Germany. He has developed a very large following and has taught more that 15,000 students in groups and through individual classes. 

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Yoga: At the heart of the matter
Yoga has played an important role in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and it is not for nothing that yoga is now a billion-dollar industry in the developed nations
 
Yogis have always believed that yoga can not only 'open' hearts but also help perfect your ticker in the long term.
 
Yoga has played an important role in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and it is not for nothing that yoga is now a billion-dollar industry in the developed nations.
 
The traditional 'Hatha' style of yoga is the most widely practised in western countries. But many specialised styles such as 'hot yoga' and 'power yoga' and, of course, yoga retreats are part of this billion-dollar industry.
 
There continues to be a debate on yoga's origin because of the oral transmission of its sacred text down the ages. The development of yoga can be traced to over 5,000 years ago, but some researchers think that the ancient regimen involving exercises and breathing exercises may be up to 10,000 years old.
 
The early writings on yoga were transcribed on fragile palm leaves, of which several were destroyed or lost. As diseases are a manifestation of underlying disharmony in the mind-body domain, a yogic way of life has stood scrutiny of several tests in terms of elevating the health of body, mind and soul.
 
And this includes cases of recurrence of heart attacks, hypertension and coronary heart diseases.
 
Yoga directly influences the hypothalamus, that is, the area of the brain that controls endocrine activity and helps prevent heart attacks. When you encounter a stressful situation, the brain releases adrenaline into your system to help you either fight or flee the threat. This causes your heart to beat faster and your blood pressure increases. 
 
While this response can help in protecting you when facing a threat, living in a constant state of stress may wreak havoc on your cardiovascular system. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, people prone to stress have a higher risk for heart disease than their calmer counterparts.
 
Clinical trials numbering nearly 40 have shown that yoga lowered blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate and other cardiovascular risk factors in increments comparable to those seen with aerobic exercise.

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Mahesh S Bhatt

2 years ago

Yog is connection to Soul & God.You learn art of dropping/calmly your emotional/neural/thought centers-physically be conscious across first 3 centers.Open 4 centre ( Anahat) work well on 5th center(vishudha) then purity in thought/action/neural & emotional levels shall trigger the intuitive center (Ajna-6th center) then on mystical ananda shall flow all over endlessly with least effort you achieve Quantum growths as per quantum physics.Yes but get the experienced guru at 6 levels.The Sahastranar( 7th level) each one is for himself after been prepared for 1st 6 levels.

Om Shanti Krishnam Vande Jagat Guru [email protected]

Suketu Shah

2 years ago

Great initiative by PM Namo.Ache Din Hain.

m e yeolekar

2 years ago

With the efforts of the Hon PM,the U. N. support for ancient practice of Yoga has been obtained.Let it be revived on large scale for sound physical and balanced mental Health of Indian citizens in all age groups.Unlike in West, it should not be commercialised, except for affording upper crust.Let 21 st June mark a new beginning for India's cultural pride to contribute to global health and human well being. Dr M E Yeolekar, Mumbai.

Voices grow to revoke permission required to file FIR against babus, netas
The Maharashtra government, in a shocking move has amended a provision of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in which a citizen has to get written permission from the Speaker of the Assembly, if you want to lodge a FIR against a babu or a Neta. Voices to repeal it are only growing
 
So, the BJP promise of citizen inclusive governance has just been murdered in Maharashtra.
 
In a shocking and scandalous move, the Maharashtra Government has amended a provision of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), (156)(3) and 190, under which, no FIR can be registered against MLAs and bureaucrats without the approval of the speaker of Assembly, even if directed by a court!
 
Which clearly means that 57% of MLAs who have declared criminal cases against them in their affidavits before recent elections, are the first to be cozily protected by this amendment. Interestingly, Maharashtra has the dubious distinction of being the second highest state of having MLAs with criminal records, after Jharkhand. 
 
Voices of protest are only growing with the launching of an online petition and now the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), which works towards transparency in elections, urging Maharashtra Cabinet to repeal the amendment to the CrPC.
 
According to analysis by Association for Democratic Reforms of affidavits submitted by MLAs from Maharashtra at the time of election in 2014, 165 (57%) of the MLAs had declared criminal cases. Out of these 51 (31%) MLAs had declared cases where charges had been framed. 
 
In a press release issued by ADR,  Maj.Gen. Anil Verma (Retd), Head, National Election Watch of ADR, states, "It is an unethical move which should be taken back immediately. This amendment directly encourages the politicians and bureaucrats to indulge in unlawful activities without any fear of getting caught, and on the other hand, it discourages the citizens to raise their voice against the powerful people. This is a direct attack on the basic principle of the Constitution, which is equality before the law. ‘’
 
What is laughable is that the government apparently has made this move because there are too many fake complaints being lodged against babus and netas, not realising that it is a reflection of the kind of bureaucrats and MLAs that we have. Verma questions, ``Now, the government says that without the sanction of the speaker, no FIR can be filed, but in most of the cases, evidence is collected after the lodging of an FIR. Without any evidence, on what basis will the government decide to approve or disapprove an FIR against any injustice done by politicians and bureaucrats? Everyone is equal in the eyes of law, but this amendment proves that everyone is not equal in the eyes of law. How is the court not capable enough to take action against someone? Does being a politician or bureaucrat make you above the law? ‘’
  
The press statement also quotes Professor Jagdeep Chhokar, founder member of Association for Democratic Reforms stating that, "This decision of the Maharashtra cabinet goes directly against Article 14 of the Constitution of India which guarantees 'equality before the law or the equal protection of the laws' to "any person within the territory of India.' This decision obviously gives 'greater protection' to MLAs and bureaucrats, and therefore makes them 'more equal' than ordinary citizens."
 
Association for Democratic Reforms has appealed to the Maharashtra government to repeal the amendments made in the CrPC as it goes against the basic tenet of the constitution i.e. equality before law and discourages common citizens to raise their voice against legislators and bureaucrats indulging in corrupt or unlawful activities.
 
 

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Silloo Marker

2 years ago

By protecting its elected representatives from any investigation by the citizens, the Maharashtra Government is only showing us that ordinary citizens and their concerns can be ignored. The CM of Maharashtra has to most urgently reverse this objectionable amendment and make it possible to file and FIR against any politician without anyone's permission. If equality before the law is not respected, the High Court should intervene suo moto in public interest to have this amendment thrashed.

Suketu Shah

2 years ago

I am sure this law is going to be changed/scrapped.

Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

2 years ago

No Police Complaints against Babus and criminal background Politicians, is murder of democracy in Maharashtra.
Maharashtra Government should re-amend CrPC and bring it to its earlier state, so that Fundamental Right under Article 14 of our Constitution is saved in Maharasahtra.

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