Indian Spinal Injuries Centre Organizes Innovative Yoga Sessions to Commemorate World Yoga Day

New Delhi, 26th June 2018: Commemorating International Yoga Day this year, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, New Delhi today organized two yoga sessions at the hospital premises, where both employees and patients of ISIC participated. The yoga sessions comprised of a one-of-its-kind wheelchair yoga as well which enabled the differently abled patients to take part in the activity.

After the warm up exercises for eyes, neck, shoulders,hands and wrists, the yoga asanas that were performed included Jaanu Sirasana(Knee bending), Ardha Titli (half butterfly pose), Ardha Naukasana (half boatpose), Shavasana (corpse pose), Makarasana (crocodile pose), Sukhasana (easypose) and Bhujangasana (cobra pose). Pranayama which involved Bhastrika,Anulom-Vilom, Surye Bhedi, Chandra Bhedi, Ujjayi, Bhramri and Singhasana weretaught post the asanas.

 “Yoga combines meditation, breath control, andbody postures in order to aid mobility and body awareness. It is a practicethat combines elements of physical fitness, mental awareness and spiritualawakening. I personally believe that everyone should indulge in yoga on a dailybasis. The power of this exercise is that it can also be performed byspecially-abled people, people having undergone debilitating injuries or bodyparalysis. This is the reason we included wheelchair yoga session in the day soas to prove that wheelchair yoga is technically not different at all from anyother form of yoga, rather it only refers to a set of poses you can do whilebeing seated,” says Dr H S Chabbra, Medical Director, IndianSpinal Injuries Centre.

ISIC as an institute is entirely dedicated to developa long term strategy for the well-being and rehabilitation of people confinedto wheelchairs. It places special emphasis on rehabilitation and advanceassistive technology to enable people with spinal and other orthopedic injurieslead independent and productive lives.  They believe in equalparticipation of persons with disabilities in an inclusive society thatembraces humanity in all its diversity, and the yoga session conducted todaywas a small effort in that direction.

“My message to the people bound to a wheelchair isthat learn basic and advanced wheelchair skills to make optimum use of yourexisting physical abilities. Take charge of your life again and involvemeditation, asanas and pranayama to your daily lives. Not only Wheelchair yogahelps you maintain flexibility and posture but it also adds to the strength ofyour limbs, without putting too much strain on joints. It can be a great way toovercome depression as well, which many people experience, after gettingconfined to the wheelchair. With right techniques, expert guidance, and bestwillpower, wheelchair yoga can turn around your life” says Dr. ChitraKataria, Chief of Rehabilitation Services, Indian Spinal Injuries Center(ISIC), New Delhi.

Derived from Sanskrit, the word ‘yoga’ actually meansto join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.Originated in ancient India, yoga is today widely practiced in various formsaround the world. Till date, this ancient fitness-cum-spiritual practice hasrevolutionized the lives of thousands of people across the globe. In 2014, TheUnited Nations recognized the universal appeal of Yoga and declared 21st Juneas the International Yoga Day.

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