New Delhi: The Ministry of Ayush is paying special attention to women of 40 plus age group and is developing a yoga protocol especially aimed at this age group in consultation with Indian Menopause Society (IMS) to benefit women who may have health issues particularly is this age group.
Stating this, Minister of State for AYUSH (independent charge) Shripad Yesso Naik on Tuesday inaugurating the Third Edition of Health Editors’ Conference on Yoga here, said his ministry had taken many steps to popularise yoga among the masses.
This year International Yoga Day is being organised in Dehradun this year, and it has been chosen as the centre because Rishikesh and Haridwar are known as the ‘Capital of Yoga’, the minister said.
While addressing the media persons the Minister said that the Ministry of AYUSH has taken many steps to popularise yoga among the masses, and announced that this year ISRO will be mapping the 4th International Day of Yoga.
Yoga, he said, is one of the most priceless and key heritages of India to the world. In today’s hectic life where stress has become synonymous with lifestyle, yoga was the way forward to live a balanced and peaceful life.
This is the third consecutive year that Health Editors’ Conference was being successfully organised by both the Ministry of AYUSH and Press Information Bureau, marking it as a beginning of International Yoga Day, an official release here said.
The conference was jointly organised by Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga and Press Information Bureau (PIB), Ministry of Information Broadcasting ahead of International Yoga Day, which is celebrated across the globe on June 21 every year. The objective of the conference was to spread awareness about principles and practices of yoga and to bring out the scientific and technical aspects of yoga with the help of experts.
Speaking on the occasion, AYUSH Secretary Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha said that with yoga becoming popular day by day, the Ministry had taken several important steps to provide healthy lifestyle to everyone. A curtain raiser to International Yoga Day is being organised in Dehradun, where about 10,000 people are expected to perform yoga on June 7. He also briefed the media about the activities being organised this year to celebrate the day and said that this year every state will organise yoga events at the grass-root levels, that is, state/district and sub-district.
To inculcate yoga in the educational system, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga and Amity University to open a study–cum-research centre at Amity University. The MDNIY has the expertise in yoga whereas Amity University has expertise in Psychology, Physiology and Allied Sciences. MoU is expected to help, the two organisations for education, therapy and research and also reach the 120,000 students, of the university where yoga can be popularized among students, faculty and other members.
Eminent scholars of yoga and Allied Sciences like Dr H.R. Nagendra, Chancellor, SVYASA University; Dr W. Selvamurthy, Chancellor, Amity University, Chhattisgarh, former distinguished scientist and Chief Controller R&D (LS), DRDO and Dr B. N. Gangadhar, Director, NIMHANS presented their research papers, highlighting the benefits of Yoga.
Around 150 Health Editors and media persons from national, regional and international media organisations attended the conference. Senior officers of PIB and Ministry of AYUSH were also present on the occasion.
Earlier, an hour-long workshop on How to Manage Stress through Yoga, for the Media persons was conducted by Dr I.V Basavaraddi, Director, MDNIY, the release added.