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Ramdev to mix yoga with pathology

india Updated: Jun 17, 2008 01:34 IST
Aditya Ghosh
Aditya Ghosh
Hindustan Times
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Skeptics move over, Baba Ramdev has finally decided to adopt scientific methods. Reason: To medically prove the efficacy of pranayam and yoga that he practices and preaches.

After being relentlessly criticised and questioned by the medical fraternity, Ramdev decided to pathologically evaluate his method of yoga and pranayam, which he believes will universally establish their benefits.

Each of his Divya Yog Mandirs across the country will now have pathological laboratory in its premises to monitor physiological parameters, starting from blood pressure and sugar-level to stress and hormonal levels both before and after a session of pranayam and yoga.

The first of the 450-odd centres to install a pathological laboratory is the Patanjali Yog Peeth of Haridwar. A private chain of pathological laboratories, Dr Lal PathLabs (LPL) is setting up the laboratories.

Scientifically, this can lead to a better understanding and availability of research data on the benefits of yoga feels the medical fraternity. “It will be a scientific approach to understand yoga and its effects on health. This attempt will try to standardise pathological services in the field of yoga, as there is no database of the results of standardised tests done before and after the yoga camps,” said Arvind Lal, CMD, LPL.

Baba, on the other hand, is looking to reinforce his credibility. “I realise that it is necessary to incorporate science in the yogic practices so that people are convinced and include it in their daily routine to lead a healthy life. We are confident that our yoga will now be perceived as a scientific method.”