Showing posts with label YOGA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label YOGA. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Measures to Promote Yoga WordWide

Under Central Sector Scheme of International Cooperation(IC), the Ministry of AYUSH undertakes measures for global promotion and popularization of AYUSH systems of Medicine including Yoga. The Ministry deputes Yoga experts to participate in fairs/ workshops organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Commerce, etc. and Indian Missions abroad for Yoga demonstration and lectures. The Ministry of AYUSH had in collaboration with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) deputed Yoga teachers to Indian Missions for a period of 7 days by revising IC Scheme to train Yoga enthusiasts for their participation in the Mass Yoga Demonstration organized by various Indian Missions abroad to celebrate the first International Day of Yoga.

Separately, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) under auspices of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) also deputes Yoga teachers to Indian Missions for imparting training to local students and teachers. MEA also provides publicity material including videos, documentaries, coffee table books, instructional manuals on the different aspects of yoga and yogic practices to Indian Missions for display and distribution. MEA also has been building partnerships with local organisations like Art of Living Global Centre, Gayatri Parivar, Isha Foundation Global, Iyengar Yoga Foundation, etc. that have been instrumental in spreading knowledge about yoga in different parts of the world.

The ICCR has recently signed an MoU with Yunnan Minzu University, China for establishment of Yoga College named “India-China College of Yoga”. The part support for this initiative has been provided by the Ministry of AYUSH.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.


Friday, October 16, 2015


Yoga interventions significantly reduce Opiate Dependency reveals a recent AYUSH study

A recent study authorized by the Ministry of AYUSH has shown that it is possible to significantly improve the quality of life of drug users and also reduce the frequency of their drug use with the help of Yoga interventions.

The study concluded this year at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and was funded under the Extra Mural Research (EMR) scheme of the Ministry of AYUSH. The study used Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY) and meditation as an adjunct with regular treatment among a group of drug addicts specially heroin users.

Eighty four drug addicts i.e. Heroin users undergoing treatment at a community based clinic of National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC) in East Delhi participated in the study. It was a randomized study with control groups. The control group was given standard treatment i.e. pharmacotherapy (opioid substitution therapy) and psychosocial intervention whereas the study groups besides standard therapy was clubbed with SKY program over 3 days in a workshop mode and were also encouraged to practice the technique at home every day. It was also advised to participate in a weekly follow-up SKY programme.

The standard screening measure was adopted (urine screening ) and it was observed that there was Higher percentage of relief seen in the group of users who were treated with standard treatment along with Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY) and meditation in comparison to control group of heroin users .

Overall, the study showed that yoga intervention produced a significant change in the physical, social relationship and environmental domains of quality of life and also reduced the frequency of drug use as evident by the urine screening results as compared to the control group that was on treatment as usual.

Study findings also suggested that the yoga intervention can be used as an adjunct to standard intervention to improve the quality of the life of drug users and also to further reduce the frequency of their drug use. More studies need to be carried out in different settings with a larger sample size to replicate the findings of this study.


Saturday, August 08, 2015

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Inclusion of Yoga in Army Training Programme

Training in Yoga is already being imparted in the Indian Army as a part of overall physical training. An eight weeks yoga course is conducted thrice a year at the Army Institute of Physical Training, Pune. The trained personnel are further utilized at places wherever posted to train the troops in Yoga.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Uday Pratap Singh in LokSabha today.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

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Yoga classes for central government employees from April 1

NEW DELHI: Yoga classes will be held for central government employees and their dependents across the country from next month onwards.

"The department of personnel and training (DoPT) is organising regular Yoga training sessions from April 1, 2015 for the benefits of central government employees and their dependents," an official order issued on Friday said.

The sessions will be held all days except Sundays or gazetted holidays at Grih Kalyan Kendra, Samaj Sadan in association with Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga here.

"No registration or training fees will be charged," it said. There are about 31 lakh central government employees working across the country.

The central government has been emphasising on popularising use of traditional medicine and yoga among others.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last year in his speech, at the United Nations in the US, appealed to the international community to adopt an international Yoga day. Following which, the United National General Assembly had in December last declared June 21 as the International Yoga Day.

The DoPT is also organising a two-day workshop for senior bureaucrats to help them learn stress management techniques.

The workshop, scheduled to begin from March 28, is being organised for officers working in the DoPT and the cabinet secretariat here.

The DoPT deals with works related to personnel matters of central government employees and anti-corruption initiatives like Lokpal and others while cabinet secretariat provides secretarial assistance to cabinet and cabinet committees.


Monday, November 03, 2014


Narendra Modi government working on Yoga modules for officials

NEW DELHI: At a time when corporate houses are setting up gyms on office premises to help their employees stay fit, government officials across the country may get to dip into yoga and pranayam to heal their body and mind.

Police personnel may be the first to get to practise yoga on a regular basis at work as the department of personnel and training has urged the department of AYUSH, the nodal agency for Ayurveda and other alternative medicines, to work out such plans for government officials.

The department of AYUSH may start with a pilot of yoga modules for policemen, officials familiar with the matter told ET, adding that the feasibility of running such a programme for a larger government workforce is also being examined.

"AYUSH department is working on a proposal to introduce yoga among the police forces. Depending on how it goes and after considering other practical aspects, we will mull over scaling it up for other government officials" said an official, requesting not to be named.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been practising yoga for years and raves about its benefits, gave a call for observing International Yoga Day while addressing the UN General Assembly in September.

The idea has gained momentum, with about 50 countries including the US, China, Canada, Japan, Brazil and South Africa endorsing it till last week by signing up for cosponsorship of a draft resolution which India's UN mission is preparing to declare June 21 as International Yoga Day.

Government officials and police forces in the country have a lot to gain from yoga and pranayam if it is institutionalised and made part of their habitual repertoire, said Acharya Balkrishna, co-founder of Patanjali Yogpeeth, part of Patanjali Group of Institutions founded by yoga guru Baba Ramdev.

"It will not only help the government workforce keep physically fit and mentally agile but also make a positive difference to their attitude and the way they serve the society," said Balkrishna, citing results of a psychosomatic research Patanjali conducted on lakhs of people of different age groups a few years ago. Particularly for police personnel, who by the very nature of their work are exposed to stressful environment, aggression and violence, yoga and especially pranayam can be the perfect way to de-stress, he added.

Shortly after the Modi-led government took over, the DoPT had in July held a weeklong yoga camp in a central Delhi neighbourhood for government officials and found the response "very encouraging".

It is a matter of pride that our government officials are on their own taking such initiatives to embrace this valuable branch of our heritage, Balkrishna said.