US varsity honours Indian yoga guru
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US varsity honours Indian yoga guru

Iyengar's technique has provided relief to children suffering from chronic pain.

india Updated: Oct 06, 2005 22:47 IST

BKS Iyengar, whose yoga techniques have provided relief to thousands of children suffering from chronic pain worldwide, was honoured at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

The octagenarian yoga practitioner was conferred with the honour by the Paediatric Pain Program at Mattel Children's Hospital in ACLU on Wednesday in a ceremony that drew the gliteratti and yoga enthusiasts to the campus.

Iyengar's emphasis on correct anatomical postures and methodology, combined with novel use of props such as blankets, straps, pillows and ropes have eased the pain of children suffering from chronic illnesses, including cancer, hypertension, multiple sclerosis and autoimmune diseases, a UCLA release said.

Combining a multitude of techniques, the now-famous brand of 'Iyengar Yoga' came in for high praise at the university on Wednesday for bringing "truly remarkable results to children suffering from chronic pain."

"Iyengar yoga is an extremely important part of out Paediatric Pain Program and we are honoured to present him with this award," Dr Lonnie Zeltzer, programme director at MCH said at the award ceremony.

Iyengar's visit to the campus comes as part of a five-city US tour to promote his new book Light on Life.

Listed in Time magazine last year among world's 100 most influential persons, Iyengar's yoga is also being used at the university to treat depression and mood fluctuations in young adults and persistent fatigue in breast cancer survivors.

First Published: Oct 06, 2005 15:48 IST