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Iran Blocks Access to the Chopra Center's Web Site, Podcasts, and Blogs
Date:6/22/2009

In the wake of Iran's disputed presidential elections, the Ahmadinejad regime has stepped up its censorship of independent media and web sites, including information on mind-body healing, meditation, yoga, and Ayurveda offered at www.chopra.com

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) -- The Chopra Center web site has joined the ranks of more than five million Internet sites banned by the Iranian government since 2008. In the days following Iran's presidential elections, the Iranian government has clamped down on Internet access, banning or limiting access to news and social media websites including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

"Iranian citizens who previously had access to the Chopra Center's online resources, podcasts, and blogs can no longer get the information they are seeking because of this most recent crackdown by Iran's government," said the Chopra Center's chief operating officer and lead educator, David Greenspan.

"We have received emails from Iranians who have managed to communicate with us despite the ban, and are deeply inspired by their persistence in the face of censorship," David Greenspan said.

The Chopra Center is a California-based health and wellness center founded by Deepak Chopra, M.D. and David Simon, M.D. Through its high-traffic website, the Chopra Center reaches millions of people around the world with its monthly online newsletter, guided meditation podcasts, and articles about the latest developments in mind-body medicine, holistic health care, and the practical tools of Ayurveda, the 5,000-year-old healing tradition that originated in India.

"Freedom is a core human value, and is essential to the Chopra Center's mission to promote transformation, physical and emotional well-being, and healing of the planet," said Chopra Center co-founder David Simon, M.D.

"The Chopra Center supports all people seeking freedom of speech and the end of oppression in Iran and everywhere else in the world. It's only a matter of time until the collective conscious of the Iranian people opens the hearts and minds of the current Iranian leadership," David Simon said.

For more information on the Chopra Center's programs, please call 888.736.6895 or visit www.chopra.com.

About the Chopra Center
The Chopra Center for Wellbeing was founded by Deepak Chopra, M.D. and David Simon, M.D. in 1996. Located in Carlsbad, California (San Diego County), the Center offers a wide variety of programs, workshops, retreats, and teacher training programs that integrate the healing arts of the East with the best in modern Western medicine. The Chopra Center has helped millions of people around the world find peace of mind, physical balance, and emotional healing. The website www.chopra.com is your starting point on the path to wellness.

Dr. Deepak Chopra is co-founder of the Chopra Center and a best-selling author who has written more than 50 books in 25 languages. He is acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind-body medicine.

Dr. David Simon is the co-founder, medical director, and CEO of the Chopra Center as well as a board-certified neurologist and a pioneer in the mind-body medicine movement. David is the driving force behind the Chopra Center's flagship programs and workshops, including Perfect Health, Journey into Healing, Seduction of Spirit, and Healing the Heart. His award-winning books on health, spirituality, and conscious living have been translated into more than 25 languages. His latest book is "Free to Love, Free to Heal," published by the Chopra Center Press.

Media Contact:
David Greenspan
(760) 494-1610
www.chopra.com

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