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Kula for Karma

January 12, 2015 10:18 ET

Kula for Karma Receives $52K Therapeutic Yoga Grant From the Healthcare Foundation of NJ

FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ--(Marketwired - January 12, 2015) - Kula for Karma is honored to receive a $51,930 grant from The Healthcare Foundation of NJ (HFNJ) for 2015 programs to be launched at Barnabas Health in West Orange and Livingston, NJ. The funds will serve cancer, cardiology, and Multiple Sclerosis patients, as well as care givers and victims of domestic violence. Patients will have access to therapeutic yoga and meditation classes, twice daily and free of charge.

When asked about the upcoming launch of the programs, Dr. Minal Vazirani, Medical Director of the Siegler Center for Integrative Medicine at the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, said, "We are so grateful to receive such a generous grant from the HFNJ and for our newly formed alliance with Kula for Karma. Introducing individuals to therapeutic yoga will help to build their resiliency along their healing journey, and provide them with one more powerful tool in their toolbox, which they may have never been introduced to if not for the HFNJ and Kula for Karma. I believe that this endeavor will serve as a pebble in the pond and have a ripple effect of increased mindfulness and making wellness a priority, not just for individuals and their caregivers, but for our country's healthcare system at large."

"The partnership between Barnabas Health and Kula for Karma is an amazing step forward as we work to make integrative medicine more widely accessible throughout hospitals," says Geri Topfer, founder and president of Kula for Karma. "We are incredibly grateful to The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey for their support in helping us to change the face of healthcare."

HFNJ began its support of Kula for Karma in 2013, with a grant that provided therapeutic yoga to children whose parents had been incarcerated. In 2014, they funded the development of Kula for Karma's Advanced Teacher Training Program, as well as the "Yoga for Veterans Video Series," a 6-part guided yoga and meditation practice, designed specifically for veterans to practice in the safety of their own home.

Therapeutic yoga has been shown to have far-reaching medical benefits, including decreased blood pressure, increased musculoskeletal flexibility and strength, improved balance, increased flow of oxytocin, reduced anxiety and depression, and more.

About Kula for Karma

Kula for Karma pioneers the integration of therapeutic yoga, meditation and stress management into mainstream medicine and healthcare. As a nonprofit organization based in the New York metropolitan area, Kula for Karma offers programs, at no cost, to populations that face physical and mental health challenges.

Through the use of both corporate and private funding, Kula builds unique healing yoga and meditation programs. Since its inception in 2007, Kula has launched over 300 programs in the Tri-State area, touching the lives of over 3000 people.

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