Yoga- Restore. Rebalance. Rejuvenate

International Yoga Day.png International Yoga Day is just around the corner, and the enthusiasm around the globe is already visible. The fact that 72 students and teachers from the City Montessori School of Lucknow will be performing exercises at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the occasion speaks volumes about the popularity of Yoga in the modern day world.

Our lifestyle is such where humans struggle with physical and physiological stress in their lives. This is where yoga comes as a rescue and alleviates stress, both physical and mental. Based on the holistic principles of harmony and unification within body and nature, Yoga’s simple postures leave a powerful impact. Yoga is not only a great solution to stay fit, but has also emerged as an alternative form of therapy. Solutions of many chronic ailments like asthma, diabetes, blood pressure, arthritis have been found in Yoga.

The great thing about yoga is that there are very few limitations. While colorful yoga pants, support blocks, and fancy mats are nice, you don’t necessarily need any of that to get started. Instead, a basic yoga routine which comprises of beginner poses will help your body and mood change for the better in no time.

There are a lot of health benefits one can expect from yoga. Some of those are:

1) Better Flexibility: Yoga helps in loosening the body, and in increasing flexibility.

2) Better Posture: Bad posture has been linked to backaches, neck pain, joint problems, and muscle fatigue. Yoga is one of the best ways to fix poor posture as each pose helps lengthen the spine, and gives a steady, balanced posture.

3) Increases Strength: Yoga naturally helps in strengthening the muscles & joints, and prevents injuries.

4) Better Sleep: A good way to relax the nervous system, yoga minimizes stress and improves the quality of sleep.

5) Boosts Metabolism & Immunity: Yoga naturally boosts the metabolism which assists in weight loss. Yoga also stimulates the four main physiological systems; circulatory, digestive, nervous and endocrine, which is directly connected to the immune system.

Health Camp: Mehrauli Village, Ghaziabad

Health Camp Mehrauli

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. -Mahatma Gandhi

Great pearls of wisdom by Gandhi ji inspire us all; but do we always live up to them?

Not everyone can help everyone, but everyone can help someone. With the aim to provide better health services to the underprivileged, The Ponty Chadha Foundation serves the underprivileged rural areas of Uttar Pradesh by organizing free health camps every month.

On 7th June, 2017, we organized the free health camp in Mehrauli, Ghaziabad.
From its total population of around 3600, 154 people attended the camp, which comprised of 53 minors, 30 adults and 71 women. The health camp proved to be a success and we appreciate the efforts of the specialists from Dr. Ram Saran Garg (Indo-German) Hospital, who identified gynaecological problems, skin issues, anaemia and ear-specific problems as the major health concerns in the village.

Health is a very important concern, which is majorly neglected in rural areas.
Financial or social barriers prevent people from reaching out to seek help at the right time, and the Ponty Chadha Foundation strives to break those very barriers by working to support and provide the best healthcare to the rurals.

We do our best to take our services to the masses, and our focus is to first reach the most disadvantaged sections of the society. At the health camp, we educate the rurals about maintaining sanitation, taking care of proper hygiene, cleanliness and other major issues that will help them live a healthier, happier and a more productive life.

Improving access to health services brings a range of benefits beyond good health, as it helps combat poverty and provides a better world for all.

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Relevance of Yoga in Today’s World

Benefits of Yoga in Daily Life

This year, the International Yoga Day is being celebrated with great aplomb throughout the globe. This fact itself speaks volumes about the popularity of Yoga in the modern day world. This event has united the world on a common platform. People have realized up to the therapeutic benefits of this life science and now are making it a part of their life.

The modern day lifestyle is as such where humans struggle with physical and physiological stress in their lives. This is where yoga comes as a rescue to alleviate the physical and mental stress. Based on the holistic principles of harmony and unification within body and nature, Yoga’s simple postures leave a powerful impact against busy lifestyle demands. It is not only a great solution to stay fit, but has also emerged as an alternative form of therapy. Many chronic ailments like asthma, diabetes, blood pressure, arthritis have found a great solution in Yoga.  All these facets convey the reason why this proactive discipline should be the part of our lives.

More than a discipline to stay fit and healthy, Yoga acts as a link between an individual and his true inner self. This ancient science has brought time-tested ways to treat stress and ailments gifted by the modern lifestyle. This is the main reason why people across the globe are resorting to yoga asanas, mudras and pranayama. This 5,000 year old Indian life science is still relevant in serving the modern day world.

It is a great achievement for India that an art form of Indian origin is bringing together different continents, communities, nations and beliefs under a holistic belief. Be it a child or adult, young or old, everybody is practising the postures and improving their way of life. It has sort of become a movement that will pick up more in years to come.

All these facets justify why we need an International Yoga Day celebration to prepare the mankind face the modern day challenges and stress in a healthy way. The day chosen for the celebrations, i.e. June 21st, 2015 also holds special significance in many parts of the world.  This is the longest day of the year in Northern Hemisphere. So, time-wise, the day gives people across the world a perfect chance to practice Yoga in their space comfortably.

Many countries again will echo the promising benefits of Yoga on this day. We, at The Wave Group, are also celebrating this special occasion at ‘Wave Smart Jiyo’ in Noida on the ‘International Yoga Day’. Thousands will participate in this health-smart initiative and practice Sahaja Yoga meditation techniques and laughter yoga.

Besides, other exciting health activities like Zumba, Archery, Cricket, Cycling, Golf, Soccer, Skating, Volleyball, Fitness Drills and Boot Camps will give this healthy Sunday morning a perfect kick-start. An exciting way to begin a fruitful Sunday morning, indeed!

Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan: A Special School for Children with Special Needs

With cutting edge education and facilities, the Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan (MBCN) school for children with special needs is now providing great services for young people who have physical and mental challenges. This special school for children with special needs provides a wholesome, scientific, and welcoming education for these children. Its program is specifically designed to help these youth achieve independence in three areas: physical, social, and financial.

The MBCN school is run by the esteemed Ponty Chadha Foundation. This is one of the few schools which is funded by generous donors, meaning there is no charge for the services given to the special children who attend the school.

MBCN was established in 1999 and features an incredible facility. It comes equipped with 35 classrooms, speech therapy facilities, and much more. In addition, it was constructed specifically as a special school for children with special needs. For this reason, it has ramps for wheelchairs, guiding tiles for students with vision disabilities, and many other features which make it ideal for any student with a physical or mental disability.

The school also has an incredible staff who are highly trained to help children with special needs become self-dependent. The staff at MBCN offer a wide range of services, as they are trained in a number of disciplines. There are certified counsellors, physiotherapists, speech therapists, special educators, and occupational therapists.

Children with special needs deserve an education that is tailored to help them succeed in society. MBCN offers programs which can help children with any physical or mental disability become more independent and confident. Every student enrolled at the school has an Individual Education Plan (IEP). These plans allow the staff to use specific techniques to address the student’s needs. The programs at MBCN follow proven strategies to help children with special needs develop motor skills, social skills, academic abilities, and even recreational skills.

In addition to helping the child learn and become self-dependent, MBCN also works with parents to provide support and ensure they understand the strategies being used in their child’s education. The school is geared towards inclusion and building a network of cooperative and supportive people around each child.

With few options available for children with disabilities, this special school for children with special needs provides much-needed support. Its facilities, staff, and education plans are all geared towards helping these children flourish and become the best versions of themselves.

https://www.prlog.org/12646592-mata-bhagwanti-chadha-niketann-special-school-for-children-with-special-needs.html

Benefits of Skill Development – The Ponty Chadha Foundation

In general, skill development means developing the set of talents within yourself to add value to your life and to the organization to which you are associated with. However, it is not only about creating and fostering oneself but enhancing the potentials of others by conducting several skill development programs.

Skill development is a lifelong learning process where a person continuously seeks for improving, proving, and gaining the important benefits in life. One of the organizations “The Ponty Chadha Foundation” initiated by Mrs. Jatinder Kaur Chanda with the view of giving back to the society and creating a stronger base for the upcoming generation is successfully handing different services for skill development of the people in different areas. This foundation is engaged in providing skill training for underprivileged rural and urban youth, healthcare, special education campaign for differently abled children, their rehabilitation, and food security (“Corporate Social Responsibility Program – The Ponty Chadha Foundation“). All these programs are facilitating youth, children and people of rural and underprivileged section. Hence, skill development is a beneficial thing and in general its benefits are discussed below.

Skill development basically adds value to your life and others; a process of developing yourself and helping others to enhance through different trainings, seminars, educational centers, rehabilitations centers and many other skills enhancing programs. Let’s start analyzing the importance of skill development through an organizational framework. If you are a boss of a company, you will be successful in handling the workforce and other resources of the company as now you are skilled. Similarly, training and development to your workforce will strengthen the talent of your staffs which will create huge of better quality that is obvious for your company to gain success in the world market place.

Moreover, woman empowerment programs in the name of skill development can prove very effective in least development countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Cambodia where women are judged as second citizen of the nation on the basis of their gender irrespective of their real talents and capabilities. Such empowerment programs can modify their attitude, add skills on them and the main thing is they gain confidence to raise voice against injustice.

Furthermore, when men and women of a nation are provided with skill development programs, they can foster their entrepreneur skills so that their ideas are finally reflected in business activities creating employment to number of energetic and enthusiastic youth. The employment provide income, higher income means high standard of living, high purchasing power, high demand, high obligation to the organization to meet those demands which will force them to hire more workforce and the same cycle continues. When a development starts from a single territory of any nation, it will start growing gradually to other sectors finally leading to the development of the whole nation.

Hence, self development starts with developing yourself at first, helping other to develop and finally developing the whole nation.

Source: https://www.prlog.org/12645938-benefits-of-skill-development-the-ponty-chadha-foundation.html

 

Health Camps organized by The Ponty Chadha Foundation

The Ponty Chadha foundation is an initiative of the wave group whose vision is to give back to the society and empower the communities. All the charitable activities are taken care of by the CSR (Corporate social responsibility) wing of the group.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life with what we give.”

And with this motive in mind, Mrs Jatinder Kaur Chadha initiated The Ponty Chadha Foundation on September 14 in the loving memory of her late husband Mr Ponty Chadha.

The Ponty Chadha foundation is an initiative of the wave group whose vision is to give back to the society and empower the communities. All the charitable activities are taken care of by the CSR (Corporate social responsibility) wing of the group. The wave group was envisioned by late Mr Kulwant Singh Chadha in 1963.

Back then, it all started with the sugarcane crushing business which expanded to the paper manufacturing unit in Bilaspur, Uttar Pradesh and later diversified to real estate, entertainment, education and sports. The Wave Group has also got its arms as the Wave City, Wave City Centre, Wave Estate as well as Wave One. The belief of charity runs in the blood of the entire Chadha clan. And this made them endow much more than they actually make, for the empowerment and augmentation of the society.

And with the said perception, came into being Mata Bhagwati Chadha Niketan and the Ponty Chadha foundation. Both the foundations are actively run and are the cornerstones of The Wave Group.

The most remarkable of all the noble woks done by The Ponty Chadha foundation is the health camp organized time and again. The sole mission of such camps is to reach out to the needy and aid them with free checkups and needful treatments. That being said, the foundation also provides free medicines as well as referrals to the poor.

This year, on the 18th of January, The Ponty Chadha foundation team visited Pipalheda village in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh along with the specialists of Dr. Ram Saran Garg (Indo-German) hospital. It started with an enticing Nukkad Natak followed by musical skit. The goal was to spread awareness about the importance of washing hands and keeping it sanitized as well as using toilets. The campaign also highlighted the slogan healthy mother=healthy family=healthy future.

The foundation has also organized free health camps in collaboration with the Indo German hospital. On being asked about the noble gesture, Mr Manjir Ghosh, Head CSR, Wave Group & CEO, the Ponty Chadha foundation has to say that it was the vision of our late chairman Mr Ponty Chadha to provide proper diagnostic facilities to the needy so that they do not suffer due to lack of capital. And this signifies the roots of the foundation that is all set on the path to eradicate situations where the needy do not get proper medical assistance owing to of financial constraints.

To eradicate poverty from the society and satiate the food and nutriment needs of the under privileged community of our society, The Ponty Chadha foundation also conducts food collection drives in Noida and Ghaziabad.

The foundation has also made a commendable contribution in rural sanitation and awareness regarding the same. The foundation is actively working in a cluster of directions to foster and foment a more vibrant future for the under privileged sections of the nation. Be it healthcare, nutrition, safety and security or education, The Ponty Chadha foundation has its reach to contribute to all the indispensable areas for a better and brighter tomorrow.

Way to go Chadhas… we hail you.

https://www.prlog.org/12631815-health-camps-organized-by-the-ponty-chadha-foundation.html

No to Tobacco. Yes to Life!

 

“Smoking kills”. “Consumption of tobacco is injurious to health” – A statutory warning we see everywhere. Every time we go to watch a movie in the cinemas we have to sulkingly sit through ads before the movie starts and even during the interval on quitting tobacco and the ill effects it has on one’s health and that of his near and dear ones.  The fate of one patient being treated for oral cancer in the nation’s leading cancer institute is repeatedly depicted to death.

No to Tobacco

But are these warnings making the desired impact? The smokers continue to smoke, the pan and tobacco chewers continue to colour the cities red.

In spite of continuous efforts to check this harmful addiction, it continues to end millions of human lives every year. Tobacco consumption is a serious health issue, which is neither new nor unknown and the requirement for it to be addressed on an urgent basis need not be stated.

India is a young nation, with 50% of the population aged less than 25 years and 65% below 35. With around 55% of the teenagers below 18 years of age addicted to tobacco, it is pertinent that efforts should be directed at prevention and education in the youth if we want a better and healthy future for our country. It’s time we made ourselves accountable for every life that is lost. We need to get personally involved in addressing this issue not just for our health and well-being, but also for the sake of our future generations

Today, more than 95% chronic diseases are caused by food choices but tobacco use is one of the major preventable causes of death. Tobacco use and addiction usually begins in adolescence. A number of factors influence the use of tobacco by children and teenagers. Some of these are the family history of tobacco use by elders, peer influence, experimentation, easy access to such products, personality factors, underlying emotional and psychological problems, accompanied risk-taking behaviors and the aggressive marketing strategies of the tobacco industry. Despite thousands of programs and campaigns to reduce the use of tobacco among youths, the use of these deadly products continues to bring devastating consequences in every family. Tobacco alone is responsible for killing 2.5 million people annually in our country.

Remembering the old saying PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE, its high time we should combat this evil with positive results.

Firstly, Efforts should be made to educate children at a young age about the ill effects of tobacco by making it mandatory in the school curriculum. Secondly, there should be government control over the sale of tobacco and stern action should be taken on companies selling tobacco illegally in the rural areas. Strict penal action must also be taken to reinforce the already existing ban on sale of tobacco products near educational institutions.

Thirdly, there should be a regular check on the disease like oral cancer, bronchitis etc. at an early stage and also educate the masses as to how to detect early signs and symptoms and report to the hospital at once in the case they occur.

Further, with the advent of Social Media especially amongst the younger generation, it should be aggressively used for campaigns and drives against tobacco. Celebrities, sportspersons and prominent public figures should be roped in to strengthen the campaigning as they can have a huge positive influence on the youth and the population in general

This is just a primary outline and we as a nation can responsibly work around this to build a strong framework to fight the menace of tobacco addiction and carve a better future of the nation. This should be a wake-up call for smokers to stub that cigarette butt forever.

As famously quoted by Pope Francis- “Let’s say yes to life and no to Death”

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