Bharatiya Sanskrit Pitham
Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu lighting the lamp at an event to release the Book ‘Universal Brotherhood Through Yoga’, compiled by Bharatiya Sanskrit Pitham, in New Delhi on January 21, 2019.

Yoga is India’s greatest legacy and most glorious gift to the world: Vice President

Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Yoga is India’s greatest legacy, its most glorious gift to the world. He said that the massive participation of people from all over the world on International Yoga Day celebrations was a testament to the fact that the world has accepted Yoga and was celebrating it.

Addressing the gathering after releasing the book ‘Universal Brotherhood through Yoga’ compiled by Bharatiya Sanskrit Pitham, on 21st January 2019, the Vice President said that Yoga has the power to bring in the essential transformation required to change the way people live, think and interact with fellow human beings and Mother Nature.

Saying that Yoga could indeed serve as a force for unity in the world, Naidu said it was a privilege to be practicing, promoting and propagating the great tradition that promotes physical wellbeing and inspires spiritual and intellectual awakening. Vice President said that an understanding of the underlying theory and Philosophy of Yoga was essential for any practitioner to appreciate Yoga in its true sense.

Saying that Yoga does not provide universal remedy for all types of diseases, he said that it could prove to be a valid alternative therapy for prevention of various types of illnesses. He said that the book lays great emphasis on all such aspects and delves deep into the infinite possibilities of the practical applications of the knowledge of Yoga.

Expressing concern over the increase of lifestyle diseases like cardiovascular ailments, diabetes, hypertension, asthma and other respiratory diseases as well as cancers, Naidu said that highly stressful work places combined with the rise in environmental pollution was playing havoc with our health.

Naidu said that the meditation techniques associated with Yoga inspire a sense of deep calmness, contentment and true peace within the practitioner. The group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices ingrained in Yoga allows people to practice self control, exercising dominion over senses and of helps in maintaining balance, he added.

India has today become the world capital of non communicable diseases. Lifestyle diseases like cardiovascular ailments, diabetes, hypertension, asthma and other respiratory diseases as well as cancers are on the rise. According to ICMR’s India State-Level Disease Burden Study report the estimated proportion of all deaths due to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) has increased from around 37 % in 1990 to approximately 61 % in 2016.

Obesity figures in the country are at a staggering 70 million. Sedentary lifestyle and highly stressful work places combined with the rise in environmental pollution is playing havoc with our health. The economic burden of these communicable diseases in terms of lost productivity, expenses incurred for treatment etc borne by India have been projected to amount to 6.2 Trillion Dollars during the period of 2012-2030 by the Harvard School of Public Health based on WHO data.

Quoting the rising economic burden of communicable diseases in terms of lost productivity, expenses incurred for treatment etc borne by Indians, Naidu stressed the need to develop a culture of focusing upon disease prevention measures rather than treating a disease after occurrence with expensive medications and other remedies. Healthy diet, complimented with regular exercise along with practicing Yoga will go a long way in ensuring good health, he added.

Naidu called up on people to shun sedentary lifestyle and adopt any form of regular physical exercise to stay healthy. Calling good health an essential precondition to prosperity, he said that only a healthy nation could become a wealthy nation.

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