New Delhi: Union Minister of State for AYUSH, Shripad Naik, inaugurated the two-day International Conference on Yoga today at Mysuru, Karnataka. The theme of the conference is ‘Yoga for Heart Care’. More than 700 national and international delegates are expected to participate in the conference spread over ten technical sessions involving 50 experts, Indus Dictum had previously reported. Baba Ramdev was also present at the ceremony, amongst other members of AYUSH and Government.
In his inaugural speech Naik observed that the Government has introduced several schemes for promotion of Yoga among the people of our country. He said that the rewards of Yoga are so immense that people are easily motivated to adopt Yoga in their lives once they learn about its benefits.
The Minister further said that by introducing Yoga in school curricula of physical education, generations of healthy Indians can be raised and crores of rupees now being spent on medical care can be saved.
Naik informed the gathering that the AYUSH Ministry has constituted a Yoga Certification Board to certify individual trainers and accredit Yoga Training institutions. He said the Board’s programme is a voluntary scheme of certification that will improve quality and standards in Yoga teaching and promote Yoga as a career skill.
The Minister added, “As many of you are aware, Yoga is an integral part of the 1.5 lakh primary healthcare centres under Ayushman Bharat. This will make learning Yoga and practicing it easier for people all across the country.”
On the first day of the conference, technical sessions on ‘Yoga for heart care; emerging trends and researches’, ‘Role of Yoga in preventive cardiology’, ‘Role of Yoga in the management of Hypertension’, and ‘Yoga for coronary artery disease’ will be discussed.
On the second day, technical sessions on ‘physiology and integrative cardiology’ and ‘Yoga for Cardiovascular health’ will be organized. A Symposium on ‘Need for promotion of Yogasana as sports’ and presentation of research papers on ‘Yoga for heart care; emerging trends and researches’ will also be organised.
In 2015, following a review of the categorisation of various sports disciplines, the Union Sports Ministry decided to classify yoga as a sport.
This conference is the fifth in the series, commemorating the adoption of a Resolution by the United Nations General Assembly in its 69th Session for the observation of International Yoga Day on 21 June every year. Since the UN declaration in 2014, rising interest in Yoga has been witnessed from international communities across the globe.
Indian Missions in the countries with whom the Ministry of AYUSH has some kind of cooperation such as MoUs, Academic Chairs, and Information cells have been requested to nominate two prominent Yoga experts or enthusiasts from the country/countries under their jurisdiction. These delegates would participate in the Conference to enable them to capture and understand various dimensions of Yoga, and could help them to further propagate the same in their respective countries.