Word today is suffering because of rising prevalence of non-communicable and lifestyle diseases led primarily by problems of modern lifestyles. Decline in communicable diseases has been accompanied by a gradual rise in the prevalence of chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) which now contribute to 60% of mortality.
Its been a historic movement for India ever since UN on behest of the appeal of the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution, with co-sponsorship from 177 countries, to observe 21st June as the International day of Yoga. The spread of yoga is the symbol of a changing world. It represents a world where knowledge flows, without restriction of country, creed or class. It represents a world where people come together across boundaries, for causes and concerns that unite the planet. Yoga is indeed a gift to humanity from India to the world. Yoga originated in India and it draws its energies from the millions who practice it around the world.
21st June as the International day of Yoga can be very effectively used for preventing and controlling many of the lifestyles diseases. Major Non-communicable Diseases like Cancer, Diabetes, CVD, Stroke, and COPD are to a great extent by unhealthy lifestyle. If the body is a temple of the mind, yoga creates a beautiful temple
This year 2017 the capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, will host the main mega event of this year’s International Day of Yoga on 21st June and the event will be led by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. As per the the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik the year Ministers of the Government of India, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and several Yoga Gurus are also expected to take part in the event at Lucknow. The venue for IDY-2017 is Ramabhai Ambedkar Sabha Sthal in Lucknow and nearly 51,000 people are expected to demosntrate Common Yoga Protocol along with the dignitaries in this event, he had informed at a media briefing in New Delhi recently.
Naik had also informed that besides the main event in Lucknow, Delhi will also hold events in seven places. These events are being planned in association with NDMC, DDA and different Yoga Organisations. The locations of these events include Cannaught Place(NDMC), Nehru Park(NDMC), Lodhi Garden(NDMC), Talkatora Garden(NDMC), Dwarka(DDA), Rohini(DDA) and Khureji(DDA), he added. Shri Naik also said that besides this, the leading Yoga Organisations are planning several other programmes on the occasion of IDY – 2017 in Delhi as well as other parts of the country and also outside the country.
Naik further explained that all the Central Government Ministries, Departments, their subordinate organisations are planning to celebrate the Yoga day in a grand manner. Similarly, the State Governments have also planned several programmes for the IDY-2017 . Besides these, NCC, NSS, Nehru Yuva Kendras, major Educational Institutes, Defence Forces, Para Military Forces, Corporates, Business groups have also been roped in for the celebration of Yoga Day in their own way.
The AYUSH Minister also said that the Central Council for Research In Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN) is conducting One Month free Yoga camp in almost all the districts of the country through Govt. and Private Organisations. He said that the training programme has already started from 21st May, 2017.
Giving further details, Naik said that Ministry of AYUSH is planing to have a few Yoga Parks across the country, specially meant for Yoga activities throughout the year, which will be managed voluntarily by the Yoga or other organisations. He said that it is expected that nearly 100 such Yoga parks will come up within this year, which will be further expanded subsequently.
Just before kickstarting the grand celebration of IDY 2017, to ensure maximum spread of the benevolent message AYUSH is organising the second National Health Editors’ Conference on Yoga today. Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge), Shripad Yesso Naik will inaugurated the said workshop at National Media Centre in New Delhi.
The conference is being organised by Ministy of AYUSH in association with Press Information Bureau (PIB), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy as a part of celebrations of the 3rd International Day of Yoga on 21st June, 2017. The theme of this year’s conference is “Yoga for Health and Harmony”.
The aim of the conference is to give insight to the journalists about the scientific aspects of yoga & its benefits for human health. More than 150 Health Editors and media persons from National, Regional and International media organisations are expected to attend the conference. Senior officers of PIB and Ministry of AYUSH will also remain present on the occasion. Three eminent experts of yoga and modern medicine will present highlights from recent research works on aspects of yoga. The experts are as follows: Dr. K. K. Deepak, AIIMS, New Delhi who will speak on Yoga and Stress Management; Dr. R. S. Bhogal, Kaivalyadhama, Pune will deliver talk on Yoga and Mental Health; and Dr. Hemant Bhargava, SVYASA, Bangalore will lecture on Yoga and Diabetes.
News Update| 09 June 2017|
International Yoga Day has lead to phenomenal rise in yoga enthusiasts across the world
The second edition of National Health Editors’ Conference on Yoga was inaugurated by Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge), Shripad Yesso Naik at National Media Centre in New Delhi on 9 June 2017. The conference was organised by Ministry of AYUSH in association with the Press Information Bureau (PIB), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting; and Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy as a part of celebrations of the 3rd International Day of Yoga on 21st June, 2017. The theme of this year’s conference was “Yoga for Health and Harmony”.
Addressing the participants, Naik said that the International Day of Yoga is perhaps the only occasion where people across the globe come together in such a large number and take active participation. The interest and zeal of participation in yoga is increasing considerably year by year due to which today yoga has become a household name in the real sense, the Minister added. Shripad Naik said that the credit of increasing popularity of yoga also goes to media may it be print, electronic or social media.
The AYUSH Minister stated that yoga has earned the global recognition in promoting positive health among people. Since treatments in the modern media hospitals are becoming expensive affairs for the people, yoga is gradually making new inroads into the health care system, he elaborated. The Minister further stated that yoga not only makes people healthy but also helps to reduce the burden on the health care delivery system of the country.
Replying to queries from the media, Naik disclosed that CCRYN is conducting a mega multicentric research study on efficacy of yoga on diabetes in which around 2.50 lakhs people have been screened and the preliminary results of this research study are very encouraging. Replying to another question, Naik said that as per survey conducted by ASSOCHAM, there is an increase of 30% in the practitioners of yoga since last two years. Even in foreign countries, there is an average increase of more than 15% in number of persons practicing yoga, he added.
Secretary AYUSH, C. K. Mishra briefed the media persons about the activities being organized this year to celebrate the International Day of Yoga 2017. The Secretary said that every State will organize yoga events at the State/District/Sub-District level. The Ministry of AYUSH has also sought participation by educational institutions as well as trade bodies, he said.
Giving introduction to the Health Editors’ Conference, Principal Director General, PIB, Frank Noronha said that the objective of the conference is to spread awareness about principles and practices of yoga for our well being. The conference was designed in such a way to bring out the scientific and technical aspects of yoga with the help of experts, Noronha explained. Around 150 Health Editors and media persons from National, Regional and International media organizations attended the conference. Senior officers of PIB and Ministry of AYUSH were also present on the occasion.