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, AYUSH Minister Shripad Yesso Naik said while opening the the second edition of National Health Editors’ Conference on Yoga in New Delhi today.
The conference was organized by Ministry of AYUSH in association with the Press Information Bureau (PIB) and Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) as a part of celebrations of the 3rd International Day of Yoga on June 21, 2017. The theme of this year’s conference was “Yoga for Health and Harmony”.
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. He said that the credit of increasing popularity of yoga also goes to media may it be print, electronic or social 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. He said that as per survey conducted by ASSOCHAM, there is an increase of 30 percent in the practitioners of yoga since last two years. Even in foreign countries, there is an average increase of more than 15 percent in number of persons practicing yoga, he added.
Secretary AYUSH, CK 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, Shri 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.
Three eminent experts of yoga and modern medicine DR KK Deepak (AIIMS, New Delhi), Dr RS Bhogal , Kaivalyadham Pune and Dr. Hemant Bhargava, SVYASA, Bangalore presented highlights from recent research works on different aspects of yoga.
A ‘Z-Card’, containing the yoga protocol in brief was released on the occasion. A small compendium ‘Yoga for Depression’ containing selected research papers was also released today.
There was also experience sharing by a beneficiary who has seen a tremendous improvement in her medical condition after adopting yoga. This was followed by a live demo of various yoga asanas by a yoga expert.