Indian stress-busters target Iraq

Soutik Biswas, BBC: If any country’s citizens needed de-stressing it would be those of Iraq.

Now India’s Art of Living Foundation is bringing yoga, meditation and breathing exercises to try to soothe a people rattled by war and continuing violence.

The Bangalore-based foundation whose stated goal is to “eliminate stress, create a sense of belonging and restore human values” has added Iraq to its 140 countries of operation.

About 15 volunteers, including doctors, are running medical camps using traditional Indian alternative medicine, and meditation and yoga classes to ease the strain on Iraqis.

The initiative began in September when seven volunteers arrived in Dillad, a farming village near Saddam Hussein’s home town of Tikrit, and began an introductory session for residents.

About 30 participants signed up for meditation and breathing exercise classes – held in a private hospital in the area…

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