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Friends of Ganga Prem Hospice


Friends of Ganga Prem Hospice

a spiritually-oriented not-for-profit cancer hospice that is being built in Rishikesh, North India

Members: 72
Latest Activity: Nov 2, 2015

Ganga Prem's Services

Situated at Gohri Maphi near Rishikesh and Haridwar, the spiritual and holistic centres, the Hospice will provide medical, emotional and spiritual support for individuals and their grieving families.

Monthly Cancer Clinic
Home Care Programme
Bereavement Support Service
The land has been purchased in Rishikesh. Now we are raising money for the construction of the buiding. In the mean time, a monthly (free) clinic is operating.

Discussion Forum

Fundraising for Ganga Prem Hospice 5 Replies

Weisbaden, Germany:Heike Sambhavi Cueppers will be hosting a charity dinner to raise funds for the Ganga Prem Hospice. She will also be giving a free yoga nidra class every monday where she will be…Continue

Tags: Ganga Prem Hospice, yoga nidra, yoga

Started by Swami Saradananda. Last reply by Swami Saradananda Dec 25, 2010.

Volunteers 1 Reply

OMSeveral people who are going to Rishikesh have asked if they can volunteer. Mainly, the Ganga Prem Hospice needs volunteers who can speak Hindi and have some type of therapeutic…Continue

Tags: Ganga, Ganges, yoga, Himalayas, cancer

Started by Swami Saradananda. Last reply by Swami Saradananda Oct 10, 2010.

Yoga for people living with cancer

by Jude MurrayAs yoga practitioners, we know that yoga makes us feel better, which is why  (even on days when we don’t feel like it) we get drawn back to our practice because we know and understand…Continue

Tags: yoga therapy, yoga, Scotland, yoga for cancer patients

Started by Swami Saradananda Aug 15, 2010.

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Comment by Mahashakti Engeln on July 26, 2010 at 10:20am
Thank you to invite me. This hospital is a very good plan!
Comment by haripriya_deepa on July 26, 2010 at 10:50pm
Hari om Swami Sarandananda ji

thank you for inviting me. I do want to add my comment to your question. I do not have extensive experience but some from my family and also in connection with teaching Yoga.

I have experienced that Pranayama ( I mostly did Anuloma Viloma; gentle deep inhalations and exhalations), Meditation, relaxation and savasana are very good to clam the body. The people I worked with showed that it activated the parasympathetic nervous system which had a positive influence on the further development of cancer. They were much more calm and their blood pressure came down. So I conclude that it calmed the cells and the auto-immune reaction of the cell structures in the body. So the calming effect of the above practice helped to interrupt the further progression of cancer or the body's tendency to fight itself instead of some antigens that enter a body.
I experienced the power of Pranayama when I had a tumor in my body which caused many life threatening complications. Pranayama was very helpful because it stopped the further growth of the tumor. I know this because I had been to a physician who measured the tumor in me, and after I started Pranayama, I felt a positive change in me. It was a deep feeling of ananda and I also felt more energized. But the amazing attribute what the fact that the tumor stopped growing. For, after a few moths it was tested and had not grown ever since. However, since it was rather big and therefore still very life threatening, I had to undergo surgery.

Singing Mantras or listening to mantras being sung also has a positive effect on the healing process. I always love to integrate music into my classes because it connects us with our true being more easily that other forms of Yoga practice.

Of course the progression of cancer depends on many factor. The condition may be acute, sub-acute, or chronic. So the stage of the cancer determines in how far you can help the patient with yoga.

I am not a doctor, but I applied the principles that we learn in Yoga and my experience has been positive. However, I feel that we need much more data in order to say that an experience is valid in its entirety. Nevertheless, I can say that the person felt better.

I believe that with Yoga, we help the patient heal on several levels. Yoga affects the muscles, tissues, body fluids etc. but it also affects person's over all feeling of happiness or ananda, which connects us to our true being, our higher Self or our core state of being which is always in the mode of happiness and bliss.

I think it is very important to always be aware of who we truly are because when we are ill it can elevate us to level of our true being. This can prevent the patient from feeling like a poor victim that is trapped in a body which is undergoing challenging times.

I am convinced that the medical community should work much closer with the Yoga community because the positive effects of Yoga can complement their treatment in a way that is most beneficial for the patient.

In any case, I believe it is also important to embrace the condition and not to fight it with feelings of frustration or anger because of its existence. Be a friend of it and try to focus on the positive side of your true being. I know that this is a very challenging task. However, awareness building exercise (like through guided Meditations with affirmations) as in Raja Yoga gradually us help gain inner stability and a feeling of contentment. When you transform your thoughts in a positive way and build trust in the power of your higher Self, then the medicines that you take or the treatments that you undergo work more effectively.

The reason is that the all the divine powers within you get activated which then balances out the pathology that the person is facing. We need to want to be healed and we have to trust in our medicines and treatments. Otherwise no healing can ever take place. The divine power in us is the cause for the healing. It is not just the working of chemicals, but the evoking the Deva within and in all.

Hari om,
Comment by mike gould on July 28, 2010 at 10:57pm
over the years I have had many cancer patients attend my classes
some have fully recovered some sadly passed away
without exception All found comfort in Yoga Practice
om shanti...Mike.
Comment by Melanie Eichberger on July 28, 2010 at 11:13pm
Om Shanti and thank you very much indeed!!! I´m so happy to see you soon in Bad Meinberg. I´ll visit your retreat and you can tell me more about your GANGA PREM HOSPICE, i am very concerned about that ~ in love matangi
Comment by Devaki Erika-Ha on July 28, 2010 at 11:36pm
Om Namah Shivaya

Thank u for the invitation! Hope to learn more about this project when I am in Bad Meinberg soon. Very best wishes, Om Om Om, Devaki
Comment by Dr. Abul Kalam on July 29, 2010 at 12:34am
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti !

Dr. Kalam
Comment by kanagasundaram sakthidasan on July 29, 2010 at 6:40am
wonderful effort. My heartiest thanks to Swami Saradananda ji
Comment by MEDARD DU ROCHER - BOPE on July 29, 2010 at 11:25am
Comment by elke on July 29, 2010 at 3:32pm
thank you for the invitation

om shanti,
Comment by Ajith on July 29, 2010 at 3:51pm
Thank you for the invitation. May the hospital be a big success.



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