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Ukraine: Year's highlights include Consciousness-Based Education, heart-health benefits of Transcendental Meditation
by Global Good News staff writer
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29 July 2013
In Ukraine this past year, the health benefits of Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi Ayur-Veda* health care were highlighted, through the visit of Lothar Pirc, founder and managing director of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre in Bad Ems, Germany. During his visit Mr Pirc gave a presentation on Maharishi Ayur-Veda to a large audience.
He also held a press conference announcing important news from the American Heart Association. The AHA issued a scientific statement in April 2013, which was published in the journal Hypertension. The report informed doctors that the Transcendental Meditation technique lowers blood pressure and recommended that TM may be considered in clinical practice for the prevention and treatment of hypertension.
Among research considered in the AHA report was a study conducted in the USA, published last year in the journal Circulation, which found that regular practice of Transcendental Meditation lowers risk of heart attack, stroke, and death from all causes by 48% per cent. The press conference was widely presented via webcast.
There have also been developments in Ukraine in the field of education, with rising interest in Consciousness-Based Education, as a means to develop students' full creative potential through incorporating Transcendental Meditation into the daily academic routine.
Several teachers planned to attend a Consciousness-Based Education training programme in the Netherlands, and were looking forward to bringing the scientifically verified benefits of this successful approach to education to students and teachers in their country.
A professor at an institution of higher learning in Kiev will pay a visit to Maharishi University of Management in the United States to investigate the possibility of joint research on the benefits of Consciousness-Based Education.
In other news of the Transcendental Meditation programme, a large conference was held bringing together people from throughout Ukraine who practise Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes. The conference served as a World Peace Assembly, creating an influence of harmony and coherence in national consciousness through participants' group practice of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's peace-creating technologies of consciousness.
During the conference the national network of Transcendental Meditation teachers launched a coordinated programme so that people who want to learn the technique can readily do so wherever they are in the country.
Plans were also developing to have meditation courses in the Crimea region of Ukraine, a beautiful area 'full of deep silence', Transcendental Meditation practitioners said.
* Ayurveda is the world's oldest, most comprehensive system of natural medicine, which originated in the Vedic civilization of ancient India and is now officially recognized by the World Health Organization. Maharishi Ayur-Veda is the modern restoration by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi of the complete and authentic practice of Ayurveda as recorded in the Vedic texts.
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