Article Writing Contest on Theme – ‘Yoga- The Art and Science of Living’

This is article writing contest, by Ministry of Ayush (Government of India), designed to increase awareness of Yoga.

Yoga is yet another major contribution to the world by Indian cultural heritage. It is definitely lot more than some set of physical activities. It is about seamless communication and unification of Self, mind, body and the world at large. It is a holistic approach leading to a healthy, happy and peaceful life.

Last date of submission is 4th July 2018

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Terms and conditions for the contest are available here

Importance of physical activity in treatment of cancer

We have been highlighting the importance of physical activity in many previous issues of Santwanam magazine. Incidentally, a recently published report highlights the importance of physical activity in treatment of cancer.

Historical approach was to advice rest, avoiding physical activity. It is seen that this may be harmful. It is reported that proper exercise can reduce the risk of cancer recurrence as well as the risk of dying from cancer.

Yoga for 9 to 5 contest

This is a contest, by Government of India, designed to stimulate awareness about benefits of Yoga at Workplace for Women

Participants are required to share video (or multiple pictures) demonstrating the Asanas that can be done easily at the workplace, to the address given here.

Last date of submission is 21st June, 2018

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Terms and conditions for the contest are available here

Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum

(Published in June 2018 issue of Santwanam magazine.)

Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum is a must -see place in the tourist map of Kerala, not only for practitioners and students of Ayurveda, but also for those who are interested to learn more about it.

It is an initiative of Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasala. It is situated at Thaikkattussery, near Ollur in Thrissur. It is easily accessible, being very close to National Highway in Thrissur-Kochi route.

There is an audio-visual theatre with presentation tracing the evolution of Ayurveda from Vedic times. Exhibits in this museum effectively complement this showing the Ayurvedic practices as they evolved over a period of time, ancient surgical practices and tools, specimen of hundreds of medicinal plants, and ancient literature, scriptures, manuscripts etc. These take us through bygone times. Then, connects back to modern days explaining how Ayurvedic medicines and manufactured and treatments are administered these days, leveraging technology of modern times. Apart from all this is a digital library providing wealth of information at finger tips

It also presents sculptures of Lord Dhanwatari, Adi Sankaracharya, Lord Buddha, Vagbhata etc

It is, indeed, a commendable effort in helping every one learn about Ayurveda

World Environment Day

Healthy living requires healthy body, healthy mind, healthy soul and healthy environment. They are not considered to be watertight compartments in Ayurveda. They interact with one another, and they are affected by mutual influences both in positive and negative ways.

We, as human, are social being. It is, indeed, our responsibility to maintain a good hygienic environment. We should be passing on to the next generation a world better than what we inherited; at least it should not become worse

Let us take pledge to make world a better place to live in on this world environment day