Yoga in school: Healthy Indians can be raised, crores saved on medical care

Yoga in school: Healthy Indians can be raised, crores saved on medical care

Agency News

Mysuru, Nov 15 : Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH and Defence Shripad Yesso Naik on Friday said that by introducing Yoga in the schools in the curriculum of physical education, generations of healthy Indians can be raised and crores of rupees now being spent on medical care, can be saved.

Noting that the rewards of Yoga are so immense that people are easily motivated to adopt Yoga in their lives once they learn about its benefits, he said the government has introduced several schemes for promotion of Yoga among the people.

Inaugurating a two-day International Conference on Yoga here, Mr Naik, referring to the theme of the conference of 'Yoga for Heart Care,' informed the gathering that the Ministry had constituted a Yoga Certification Board to certify individual trainers and accredit Yoga Training institutions.

The Board's programme is essentially a Voluntary scheme of Certification and would increase quality and standards in Yoga teaching and promote Yoga as a career skill.
''As many of you are aware, Yoga is an integral part of the 1.5 lakh primary health care centres under the AYUSHMAN BHARAT. This will make learning Yoga and practicing it easier for people all across the country,'' he said.

More than 700 national and international delegates are expected to take part in the conference, which would be spread over 10 technical sessions, involving 50 resource persons and experts.

AYUSH Secretary Rajesh Kotecha; Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev; Member of Parliament from Mysuru Pratap Simha; Chancellor of SVYASA, Bengaluru H R Nagendra and Kamlesh D Patel from Ramachandra Mission, Hyderabad, were present at the inaugural session.

On the first day of the conference, technical sessions on 'Yoga for heart care; emerging trends and researches,' 'role of Yoga in preventive cardiology,' 'Role of Yoga in the management of Hypertension' and 'Yoga for coronary artery disease' were discussed.

During the second day of the conference, technical session on 'physiology and integrative cardiology,' 'Yoga for Cardiovascular health,' will be organised.

A symposium on 'Need for promotion of Yogasana as sports' and presentation of research papers on 'Yoga for heart care; emerging trends and researches' will also be organised.

Pre-conference events, such as Yoga walk, mass Yoga demonstration and CME programme are also planned to project the health benefits of Yoga and healthy lifestyle.

This conference is the fifth in the series to commemorate the unanimous adoption of Resolution by the United Nations General Assembly during its 69th session for observing June 21 as International Day of Yoga.

After the UN declaration of International Day of Yoga since 2014, overwhelming interest towards Yoga has been witnessed from the international communities across the globe.

The tremendous success of the International Yoga Conferences, organised by the Ministry of AYUSH during the last four consecutive years, is evident from the participation of a large number of Indian and foreign delegates.

Indian Missions in the countries, with whom the Ministry of AYUSH has some kind of cooperation such as MoUs, Academic Chairs, and Information cells, have been requested to nominate two prominent Yoga experts or enthusiasts from the country/countries under their jurisdiction, who would participate in the Conference, to enable them to capture and understand various dimensions of Yoga, and could help them to further propagate the same in their respective countries. (UNI)