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Yoga set to get WHO stamp of approval

Author: Sushmi Dey
Publication: The Times of India
Date: June 21, 2015
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Yoga-set-to-get-WHO-stamp-of-approval/articleshow/47752286.cms

After United Nations, now the World Health Organization (WHO) is set to endorse yoga. The international public health organization plans to incorporate yoga into universal health care approaches. This would mean that yoga would become part of various public health programmes commissioned by WHO not just in India but in several other countries.

WHO is working with many Indian centres of yoga to device a common and standardized practice of yoga, which can also be part of the curricula of medical practitioners.

After United Nations, now the World Health Organization (WHO) is set to endorse yoga. The international public health organization plans to incorporate yoga into universal health care approaches. This would mean that yoga would become part of various public health programmes commissioned by WHO not just in India but in several other countries.

WHO is working with many Indian centres of yoga to device a common and standardized practice of yoga, which can also be part of the curricula of medical practitioners.

"Yoga is used in many settings in which the health challenges are being addressed and it has a very prominent place in the holistic approach through prevention and control of health disorders," said Nata Menabde, executive director, WHO office to the UN.

 Menabde said the ancient Vedic gift of India to the world needs to be studied and supported by scientific evidence and then incorporated in to approaches to universal healthcare. "Yoga is a key symbol of the civilization that India is," she said.

 WHO is collaborating with researchers in India and abroad to gather scientific evidence of efficacy of yoga in treatment of lifestyle diseases such arthiritis, diabetes, heart diseases, stress, mental disorders etc.

    
In December last year, the United Nations General Assembly adopted June 21 as The International Day of Yoga. The government has organized a grand celebration of the first ever yoga day with mass demonstrations at Rajpath as well as similar functions in 192 other countries simultaneously.
 
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