At Kula, we believe in the power of yoga to improve overall health and well being. That’s why our programs focus on providing underserved populations with access to yoga – because everyone can benefit from integrating yoga and meditation into their lives, not just those who can afford to take classes.
We have also seen firsthand the medical benefits of yoga. In June, our Executive Director, Penni Feiner and Dr. Minal Vazirani, also known as Dr. V., spoke at an event on Transformation, Leadership and Spirituality in Medicine on the topic of mind-body-spirit medicine in hospital systems. The event was hosted by Global Foundation For Ethics & Spiritual Health (GFESH), an organization that is working to establish a paradigm shift from a focus on disease treatment to the promotion of wellness in communities, families and individuals that is patient-centered and community-based.
Dr V serves as the Medical Director at the Siegler Center for Integrative Medicine at the Barnabas Health Care Center, and is triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Integrative Holistic Medicine – so you know you can trust her! Like Penni and the Kula team, Dr. V believes in the importance of hospitals becoming more high touch as they become more high tech.
Before introducing Penni, Dr. V spoke about studies that prove the medical benefits of yoga:
“You actually change the structure of your brain in just eight weeks, with only meditation. There is absolutely no medicine, no pharmaceutical in the world that can do this. I think the only thing stopping this from being a billion dollar blockbuster drug is that it takes twenty minutes a day…but I think we can’t afford not to.”
Penni then spoke about the importance of community in an individual’s healing process, and how Kula’s programs help those who are going through treatment find that. Kula’s “army of peaceful warriors” is trained to help each person they work with find what they’re looking for in practicing yoga, whether it be emotional stability or medical healing.
You can listen to their presentation in its entirety here.