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Professor Tanya Rawal's #SareeNotSorry Campaign Uses Fashion to Fight Racism

Posted on 2016/2/6 19:47:39 ( 463 reads )


SAN LEANDRO, CALIFORNIA, December 23, 2015 (India West): "It's time we stop apologizing for our skin color, language and culture," says the woman behind the viral hashtag #SareeNotSorry, a campaign to discourage negative attitudes of people towards Indian Americans and bring attention to the positive aspects of Indian culture.

Meet Tanya Rawal, an Indian American professor at the University of California, Riverside. Since September, using the hashtag #SareeNotSorry, Rawal has been tweeting and instagramming pictures of herself wearing sarees in myriad colors and fabrics, sometimes accessorized with a belt and boots. At first, the idea was just a teaching experiment.

"My experiment was on what does it mean to be brown and a woman, and I was hoping to generate some questions in the class around being a minority in this country," Rawal told India-West by phone from Riverside. But what started as a teaching experiment ten weeks ago has become a full-blown movement on social media, with women across the world posting pictures of themselves in sarees, using the hashtag she started.

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Why Schools Are Embracing Yoga

Posted on 2016/2/6 19:47:28 ( 339 reads )


NEW YORK, USA, February 5, 2016 ( by Lizzie Thompson):In the basement of New Design High School on Manhattan's Lower East Side, seven teenage girls are sitting on yoga mats. Absent are the Lululemon outfits, the scented candles and ambiguously soothing music that are synonymous with yoga classes these days. For the next 49 minutes the girls will focus on themselves and leave their academic and social worries behind. The yoga class is run by Bent On Learning, a nonprofit that brings yoga into New York City public schools. Founded in 2001 by three yoga instructors, Bent On Learning was awarded a SHAPE 9/11 Grant in 2002 to teach yoga in 10 public schools located near Ground Zero to help students there manage post-traumatic stress following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In the 15 years since, Bent On Learning has seen yoga in the classroom grow beyond those 10 schools. They are now bringing the practice to 3,500 students around the city and find the demand for classes growing faster than they can keep up. Program manager Kristin Lalka estimates that there are around 40 schools on the waiting list. And Bent on Learning is just one of many programs bringing yoga to schools.

Outside of New York City, the phenomenon of yoga in schools crisscrosses the country. In Detroit, Michigan 15 public schools have yoga classes offered through Danielle Karmonos' Work It Out, a nonprofit that provides yoga and nutrition classes to students in low-income neighborhoods. In Litchfield, Minnesota, one teacher uses yoga techniques to calm and focus her students who are primarily classified with emotional behavior disorder. In Encinitas, California, yoga is widely taught in the classroom, though its implementation prompted a 2012 lawsuit alleging that it was promoting religion. A California appeals court ruled that yoga did not violate religious freedom.

The effects of yoga on students is still being studied, but it has been shown to reduce stress, improve focus and school performance, foster creativity, and improve self-esteem and body image. All outcomes that create healthy students eager to do well in school.

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A 4-day National Arogya Fair-2016 Begins at Dehradun in Uttarakhand

Posted on 2016/2/6 19:47:18 ( 305 reads )


INDIA, February 5, 2016 (Press Information Bureau): The 4-day National Arogya Fair (Arogya means "health" in Hindi) began at Dehradun in Uttarakhand today. The Fair has been organized by the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa & Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in collaboration with the State government of Uttarakhand and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). The Fair was inaugurated by the Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) and Health & Family Welfare, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik and Chief Minister of Uttarakhand , Shri Harish Rawat.

Addressing the inaugural session, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik said that India can bring in a revolution in healthcare and be a teacher to the world if we capitalize on our strengths in the traditional systems of medicine. He elaborated that the Arogya fair has grown into a country-wide phenomenon with more than 10 fairs organized throughout the year now. The Minister explained that over the past three decades, there has been a tremendous resurgence of World's interest in the AYUSH Systems of Medicine, including countries in Europe and USA. This is mainly because of holistic approach towards preventive, promotive and positive health and multi-dimensional aspects of disease management in these traditional systems of medicine.

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Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2016/2/6 19:47:07 ( 247 reads )


I loved my motherland dearly before I went to America and England. After my return, every particle of dust of this land seems sacred to me.
-- Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)

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Official Well-Being Statistics Show Religious People Are Happier than Atheists

Posted on 2016/2/5 18:11:10 ( 609 reads )


UNITED KINGDOM, February 2, 2016 (Huffington Post): Religious people from all different faiths are happier than those who have "no religion," official data released on Tuesday revealed. Of all the faiths in the UK, Hindus are the happiest, scoring well above the national average and just under the demographic of people who consider themselves to be "in very good health," according to data compiled by the Office for National Statistics.

On average, Hindus scored a rating of 7.57 (out of 10) for happiness, followed by Christians at 7.47, Sikhs with 7.45 and Buddhist at 7.41. Those who follow "any other religion" came in at 7.26. And people who belonged to "no religion" were the unhappiest, scoring just 7.22.

The ONS report analysed personal well-being data for more than 300,000 adults in the UK. The samples were collected over three years, between 2012 and 2015.

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