Bringing in innovation in their approach to healing, civic-run hospitals are going beyond looking after just the physical health of their patients. For a more holistic focus on well-being, yoga centres are to be opened at Rajawadi, Cooper and Jogeshwari Trauma hospitals this year.
Although the project has witnessed a year’s delay in taking off, civic officials claim the plan is underway and the facility will begin in a phase-wise manner. For now, it is aimed at catering to the suburban population.
“The idea came to us when we thought of possible methods to remove stress. Yoga enriches the mind and also helps in physical fitness,” said Dr M Wadiwala, who heads periphery hospitals in BMC. Dr Wadiwala said yoga experts will be invited to the hospitals and the civic body has recently asked for service providers to come forward.
The yoga therapy centres will initially start for hospital staffers. The plan is to slowly expand the facility to patients free of cost.
Priya Arte, Managing Trustee of Yoga Vidya Pranic Healing Foundation, said, “Yoga has healing powers. A lot of diseases are psychosomatic, and yoga can help the mind heal the disease.”
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