The Government has decided to take forward the momentum created last year June 21 on International Day of Yoga (IDY) with greater and more active participation of all sections of the society, particularly the youth during the current year’s celebrations, Sripad Naik, Minister of State for AYUSH said while opening the National Health Editors’ Conference on Yoga for Holistic Health in New Delhi today.
He said that the main programme would be the Mass Yoga Demonstration from 7 AM to 8 AM on 21st June, 2016 by following the Common Yoga Protocol for 45 minutes and 15 minutes Institutional Protocol, if any, at the National, State, District, Block and Panchayat levels.
In addition, Yoga- Fests, seminars, workshops, musical and cultural programmes based on Yoga, involving students from schools, colleges, universities, various youth organizations, such as, NYKS, NSS, RWAs, etc are also being organized.
The National Event of Mass Yoga Demonstration would be held at Chandigarh. However, similar events will also be held all across the nation and the globe. “The event should be a people’s programme where they voluntarily come forward to participate in the Mass Yoga Demonstration by highlighting the benefits of Yoga for better physical, mental health and social harmony,” Naik said.
The Minister informed that the State Governments have also been requested to encourage use of locally made Yoga mats and apparels, preferably with the locally available raw-material to provide employment opportunities to local artisans and small entrepreneurs.
The AYUSH will also be organizing a 2-day International Conference on “Yoga for Body and Beyond” at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 22nd & 23rd, June, 2016, in which eminent experts of Yoga from across the globe would be participating
The half-day Health Editors Conference provided fair idea about the scientific aspects and strength of Yoga. There are number of research works conducted all over the World on different aspects of Yoga and its utility in the promotion of health, prevention and management of various disorders, besides improvement in the physiological functions of the body. There are innumerable published research works now available to the common public as well as to the physicians of different systems and the researchers.
The basic objective of the Conference was to discuss the recent researches on different aspects of Yoga. Few eminent Yoga researchers delivered lectures on different topics. By educating Health Editors of both print and electronic media, on the subject of recent researches on Yoga, the organisers believe that they will disseminate the health benefits of Yoga to the public in a better form and manner.