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The collective dream was to provide quality healthcare to the medically deprived people at a very affordable cost.
The collective dream was to provide quality healthcare to the medically deprived people at a very affordable cost.

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One of the easiest and cheapest ways to boost your #health, your #mood, your #longevity and even your #success is to #smile. . .
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#FridayFitness #WellnessMedicalYoga #Pranayama

‘Pranayama: Extension of Prana - Part II’ by Ms. Kranti Mali, Yoga Consultant & Therapist – Bhaktivedanta Hospital & Research Institute.

The process of breathing is crucial for our existence. Breathing in fresh air and letting out impure air comes so naturally to us that we often take the whole act for granted.

Respiration affects each and every part of the body to its minutest level i.e. The cell. It breaks down glucose and creates energy due to the presence of oxygen which aids the functioning of muscles, glands and organs – most importantly the brain.

Maximum number of people breathe incorrectly, using only a fraction of their lungs’ capacity. Breathing slowly, deeply in a rhythmic manner is considered ideal for human life. Ancient Yogis and Rishis studied the nature in detail. They noticed that animals with slow repiratory rate such as the python, elephant and tortoise have a long lifespan. Whereas those with a fast repiratory rate such as the rabbit, bird and dog only live for a few years. Thus they realized the importance of slow breathing for increasing the human lifespan.

Proper regular breathing has a calming effect on the mind. Improper irregular breathing can create physical, mental and emotional blocks resulting in complexities like inner conflicts, imbalanced personality, disordered and diseased life. On the physical level, respiration is directly related to the heart, slow breathing keeps heart strong and well nourished. Pranayama establishes regular breathing patterns, breaking this negative cycle and reversing the process.

To be continued. . .
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On Tuesday, November 14, 2017 we had a very special guest visit us – Ms. Gilly Burn from the #UnitedKingdom. During her day-long visit Ms. Burn the founder of Cancer Relief India (CRI) enlightened us about #PalliativeHomeCare and spent quality time with the patients and staff at our #PalliativeCareCentre in Sasupada.

Trained as a nurse in #PalliativeCare at the St. Bartholomew's Hospital, Ms. Burn has a keen interest in patients with #Cancer. She founded CRI in March 1990 with two main objectives—to educate doctors and nurses, and to provide Palliative Care to #TerminalPatients. From 1993-95, Ms. Burn served as the Project Director of the Indo-British Palliative Care Project – A collaboration between Marie Curie Cancer Care, Macmillan Cancer Relief and WHO. Through this project doctors and nurses in India were trained in #SpecialistPalliativeCare. Ms. Burn was one of the prime instigators in setting up the Indian Association of Palliative Care. Her spare time is dedicated towards raising funds in the UK.

On her recent visit to India Ms. Burn also spent few days at the Cipla Palliative Care Centre, Shanti Avedna Sadan and Tata Memorial Centre Palliative Care Services Unit.
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#WednesdayWisdom #NewYearsResolutions #HealthyEating #HealthyLiving

‘Living Your Choice is Important! – Part II’ by Dt. Vaidehi Nawathe, Chief Dietician – Bhaktivedanta Hospital & Research Institute.

When a person diagnosed with Hypertension is advised ‘Salt Restriction’, his/her spontaneous reaction is – Eating low salt food! How is it possible? Each one of us understands the requirement of salt in our daily diet. It is an integral ingredient for enhancing the taste of food. Quantity of salt required is very less, but it’s needed. Similarly, there are certain essential ingredients which are needed to make food more acceptable to our bodies, minds and souls. Yes! You read that correctly. In fact, eating a balanced diet is important but equally importantis the right processing (cooking) of food. Let’s explore the facts.

1. Vegetarian food is not lifeless. It has ‘Life’. Pulses can sprout and stored vegetables or fruits will perspire which is evident due to the presence of moisture visible in the bag or on the lid. Hence handling food with care is important. Avoid excessive or overcooking of food. Retain the texture. Cook on a slow flame with the utensil covered and minimum mixing. Boiling food in excess water on a high flame and discarding the juice is not at all advisable.

2. Stale food has all kinds of bacteria; types may differ depending on the temperature of food i.e. whether it is at room temperature or refrigerated, leading to all kinds of digestive concerns.

3. Cooking food with the right consciousness will help transfer positive energy to your near and dear ones. Agitated mind will pass on the negative energy. This has a science behind it. Are we cooking food with the right consciousness? It’s time to introspect.

4. Eating food at the right time and place, in a pleasant atmosphere with our loved ones makes a lot of difference as it increases the level of good hormones and enables the secretion of digestive juices.

5. Have gratitude for the food on your plate! This will help nourish your body, mind and soul elevating your sense of satisfaction.

These are simple little things, but hold great significance when it comes to enhancing the ‘health’ factor of food, just like a pinch of salt enhances the taste of food!

REMEMBER: Resolve to live a Healthy 2018!
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#MilestoneAchievement #NABHAccreditation #ClinicalResearch

We are delighted to share that Bhaktivedanta Hospital & Research Institute is now recognised as NABH Accredited Institute for Clinical Research (Ethics Committee) with effect from November 27, 2017.

Heartiest congratulations and heartfelt gratitude to our Medical Research Department and the entire Bhaktivedanta Hospital & Research Institute Family for this milestone achievement!
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#MondayMantra #आयुर्वेद सोम

#AyurvedaForYou – ‘Ayurveda & Panchagavya - Part IX’ by Dr. Nanasaheb Memane, Ayurveda Vachaspati and Head of Ayurveda Panchakarma & Ksharsutra, Bhaktivedanta Hospital & Research Institute.

#CowGhee an integral part of balanced diet is a wholesome food relished by many in India since the ancient times. Rich in medicinal properties it is used by Ayurveda Practitioners for purifying different minerals and herbs or as a main content for preparing medicines or as a carrier of medicines.

सर्पिस्तैलम वसा मज्जा सर्व स्नेहात्तमा मताः ||
एषु चेवोत्तमम सर्पिः संस्कारस्य अनुवर्तनात ||
– Acharya Charak

Among all fatty substances, Cow Ghee is the best. Due to its special characteristic, the qualities of Cow Ghee are enhanced or molded on heating it with herbal medicines.

QUALITIES OF GHEE
• Increases intelligence, memory, immunity power and determination power of mind
• Improves skin luster and texture
• Naturally cleanses the entire system
• Reduces dryness caused by Vata Dosha and tiredness
• Improves the depth of voice, strengthens the larynx and reduces dryness of voice
• Destroys abnormal Pitta
• Is nourishing to the tissues
• Enhances the digestive ability and acts as an appetizer
• Helps in stabilizing the body structure

According to Charaka Samhita, Ghee is the Supreme Health Tonic as well as a multipurpose health food and medicine.

STAY TUNED FOR LEARNING HOW TO PREPARE COW GHEE. . .
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#WednesdayWisdom #NewYearsResolutions #HealthyEating #HealthyLiving

‘Living Your Choice is Important! – Part I’ by Dt. Vaidehi Nawathe, Chief Dietician – Bhaktivedanta Hospital & Research Institute.

Very soon all of us would be saying a goodbye to 2017 and a big hello to 2018. Most of us love to start the new year with the ritual of making New Year’s Resolutions – Resolves for personal growth and development to enhance our lives in the coming year.

Making new year’s resolutions is quite common but following them religiously is uncommon. We begin with a lot of enthusiasm and meticulous planning but later miserably fail at consistent execution leading us back to our old ways of being or doing. A famous quote by Stephen Covey goes like this, “If we keep doing what we're doing, we're going to keep getting what we're getting”. Thus for change to happen – we need to change, our habits need to change.

To form the habit of keeping new year’s resolutions we need to change our beliefs, thoughts, words and actions. Let’s being with the resolution ‘Healthy Eating, Healthy Living’ throughout 2018. We can truly accomplish eating healthy the whole year round if we sincerely follow certain key tenets like being in tune with ourselves, breaking from monotony, tracking our progress, and living our choices with unbeatable determination. Let’s take a look at each one of them.

• Being in tune with ourselves – Food close to our Tongues and Hearts: Each one of us has a special place for a specific food(s) in our lives. It may be as simple as a dish comprising of dal-rice-ghee, but it’s special. Preserve this liking. Don’t go against your grain and stop eating your favorite food completely. Give a place for that ‘Special Food’ in your plate but wisely decide the quantity and frequency of inclusion. Addiction or continuous temptation – both can be harmful. Remember moderation is the key!

We have our roots strongly held together based on our childhood learnings. My sincere desire is that we all realise that we don’t need to do away with our regional food practices under the name of ‘modernization or lifestyle’ as this is the food that is best accepted and processed by our bodies.

• Breaking from monotony: We are unable to follow a monotonous routine for a long while. Hence fluctuating from our daily routine is most welcome, though not too often. After working from Monday to Saturday – Sunday is most welcomed! Similary enjoy the food you may not have included in your daily diet once in a while and, if it’s not a healthy choice be careful with the portion size.

• Tracking our progress: Remember our school diaries! How helpful they were to keep a track of our home-work and assignments to-be-done. We can now start maintaining the ‘Me Time’ diaries wherein we can mention all the good and bad food we had during the entire day! A much needed aid to track, realise and understand where we deviated. When noting our daily food intake becomes a regular phenomenon, believe me slowly and steadily all the negativity will go away and diet patterns will emerge which are best suited to improve or maintain our health.

• Living our choices with unbeatable determination: All said and done if our enthusiasm and patience is not backed by an unbeatable determination to live by our choices and action plans, everything will just fizzle out and we will be back to square one. Thus think positive, believe in yourself, associate with health conscious people and live each day with unbeatable determination, staying focused on healthy eating, healthy living.

REMEMBER: Resolve to live a Healthy 2018!
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#SundaySutra #SpiritualHealth - The All Pervasive Relevance of Spiritual Health Series

Quality of Life is inherent for a human being and is strongly associated with overall sense of well-being that consists of physical, psychological, social and spiritual components as per the World Health Organization definition (The World Health Organization quality of life assessment, 1995).

Through 'The All Pervasive Relevance of Spiritual Health' Series Mr. Rajesh Kadam, Head of Department of Spiritual Care, Bhaktivedanta Hospital & Research Institute helps us to understand Spiritual Health. Today's topic is 'What is Our Purpose?'
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Our fight isn’t over. People living with HIV still face stigma in school, work, public and even in healthcare. HIV stigma: #LetsEndIt

This #WorldAIDSDay join the fight to end the negative impact of HIV.
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#FridayFitness #WellnessMedicalYoga #Pranayama

‘Pranayama: Extension of Prana’ by Ms. Kranti Mali, Yoga Consultant & Therapist – Bhaktivedanta Hospital & Research Institute.

Commonly Pranayama refers to ‘Breath Control’ but there is more to it than just simply controlling your breath. The word Pranayama is made up of two words namely ‘Prana’ meaning vital energy or life force and ‘Ayama’ meaning extension or expansion.

Vital energy exists in all things whether animate or inanimate. Although closely related to the air we breathe it is more subtle than breath or oxygen. Therefore Pranayama should not be considered as merely a breathing exercise aimed to inhale extra oxygen into the lungs. Rather it utilizes breathing to influence the nervous and endocrine system of the body.

Thus the whole and correct meaning of the word Pranayama is ‘Extension or Expansion of the dimension of the Prana’. Thus by practicing the techniques of Pranayama, life force can be activated and regulated in order to go beyond one’s normal limitations and attain higher state of consciousness of universal energy.

FEATURES OF PRANAYAMA

The different aspects of breathing utilised in Pranayama as follows:
• Pooraka - Inhalation
• Rechaka - Exhalation
• Kumbhaka - Retension

o Antar Kumbhaka - Internal Breath Retension
o Bahir Kumbhaka - External Breath Retension
o Keval Kumbhaka - Spontaneous Breath Retention

Keval Kumbhaka is the advanced stage of Pranayama which occurs during the higher state of meditation, wherein lungs stop their activity and respiration ceases which leads to attainment of higher consciousness.

To be continued. . .
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