Imphal: The Art of Living joined hands with Manipur Network of Positive People (MNP+) to support the members of MNP+ to improve immunity and live a healthy and happy life. As part of the initiative, the international NGO founded by renowned humanitarian and spiritual guru Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar with a presence in over 160 countries, on Friday handed over 1,000 Immunity Kits to the NGO for distribution to its members.
A simple function titled “Boost Immunity, Boost Life” was held at the office of MNP+ at Yaiskul on Friday to coincide with the celebrations of the 66th birthday of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Beneficiaries from different parts of the State received Immunity Kits comprising a combination of powerful Ayurvedic supplements such as Turmeric (Yaingang) tablets, Amruth tablets, Kabasur Kudineer (lung enhancer) tablets and Shakti Drops (a unique energy drops). The kit is especially manufactured by Sri Sri Tattva, a globally renowned Ayurveda brand inspired by the Art of Living. The kits were made available by International Association for Human Values (IAHV), the service (seva) unit of the Art of Living as part of its global outreach to shore up the immunity profile of people in the wake of Covid-19.
Addressing the gathering as Chief Guest, Dr Hemolata Thokchom, Joint Director (CST) MSACS lauded the initiative and said that the vision of the Art of Living and MNP+ to take a holistic approach to the issue of wellness of the people living with HIV is very much long overdue and will go a long way in ensuring a better health profile of the community. “Though the easy availability of ART (antiretroviral therapy) is helping infected people fight the battle with ease and attain a lower morbidity rate, there is an urgent need to address their mental health as they live in constant fear of death and the stress of the social stigma.” She said that the stress elimination and other holistic life-skills imparted by the Art of Living would play a very big role in this aspect.
Kshetrimayum Deepak, Coordinator IT MSACS, highlighted the role of mind management in dealing with the health and mental issues faced by + people and welcomed the efforts to bridge the gap through Art of Living.
“Ever since the world got into an immunity crisis following the breakout of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Art of Living and IAHV have been working worldwide to help people boost their immunity in various ways. Apart from providing the Immunity Kits, the Art of Living has been teaching people various immunity boosting techniques and breathing exercises,” explained Rajaque Rahman of the Art of Living.
“This is helping people in coping with the emerging health challenges with ease and confidence. We are very happy to reach out to the people who are in need of stronger immunity,” he added.
Explaining the uniqueness of the Immunity Kit, Laishram Dixon, Program Coordinator of the Art of Living, said, “The herbal concoction from the Art of Living is proven to be effective in improving immunity instantly and significantly.” He highlighted the need for adopting a multi-pronged approach to maintain stronger immunity and stay fit to fight any invader, be it Coronavirus or HIV. He also shared the Art of Living’s holistic philosophy about health and wellness. He assured the Immunity Kit and other interventions of the Art of Living will go a long way in boosting the immunity profile of Manipur.
President of MNP+ Leimapokpam Deepak acknowledged the initiative of the Art of Living to work with his network and help its members maintain a better health and wellness profile. He urged the members to integrate mind and stress management as part of their lifestyle so that various challenges faced by them can be overcome with ease and calmness. He shared his desire to work more closely with the Art of Living on this front.
Some of the beneficiaries also shared how their association within the Art of Living and adoption of its breathing techniques have helped them during their worst days. They urged the government to initiate some programmes for their mental health and wellness in collaboration with the Art of Living. Responding to the request, Dr Hemolata assured to look into it at the earliest.
Adventure sports Expert and Art of Living faculty Dr K. Romeo Meetei shared how Art of Living’s breathing techniques shore up stamina, endurance and how it could be harnessed by + people.