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Happy and Healthy Pregnancy through Yoga

Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi  mgandhui

Union Minister for Women and Child Development 

Pregnancy is an odd time for the mother. On the one hand one is filled with joy and anticipation, on the other there are worries about whether the baby will be normal and healthy.  As the mother’s body changes, there are mood swings, fatigue, cramps, difficult breathing.

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Being physically fit and emotionally strong directly affects the baby’s physical, neurological & psychological development. Practicing Prenatal Yoga during pregnancy gives you the ability to stay calm and eases most physical problems during these nine months.

Pregnant-Exercise

Prenatal yoga experts and medical professionals emphasise that prenatal yoga paired with cardiovascular exercises (such as walking) can ease the discomforts of pregnancy and help you prepare for the rigors of labour.

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Pranayama, or the group of several breathing exercises, have been found to have exceptional benefits during pregnancy. It must be incorporated in the daily regime all through the three trimesters as it helps release negative emotions.

Two most useful forms of pranayama or breathing exercises are: Ujjayi, a long, strong, deep breath that helps women redirect their concentration to the present moment and maintain calm; and Nadi Shodhana, (alternate nostril breathing), which helps to balance the body’s energy flows. However, avoid any kind of breath retention or hyperventilation that could limit the baby’s oxygen supply.  The postures and exercises differ for each of the three trimesters of pregnancy.

First Trimester (0 to 13 weeks)

The first trimester brings nausea and fatigue. Severe biological and musculoskeletal alterations take place in the body. Yoga experts advise that one must be extremely cautious while practicing yoga in this trimester as a wrong posture can obstruct the implantation of the fetus and placenta.

The following asanas are ideal for this trimester:

  • Marjariasana(cat stretch): Stretches the neck and shoulders, lessening body stiffness and keeps the spine flexible because the back has to support more body weight as the pregnancy advances.
  • Konasana(standing sideways bending arm): Keeps the spine flexible and helps alleviate constipation, a common symptom of pregnancy.
  • Badhakonasana(butterfly pose): Improves flexibility in the hip and groin region, stretches the thighs and knees, relieving pain, alleviates fatigue and helps facilitate smooth delivery when practiced until late pregnancy.
  • Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep): Reduces tension and anxiety, helps regulate blood pressure and relaxes every cell in the body.

Second Trimester (14 to 28 weeks)

During the second trimester, the volume of blood in the body expands 50-60% to support the fetus and placenta, the blood circulates faster, the rate of metabolism increases and heart rate rises. The body’s sugar gets used up faster and important reserves are used to support the placenta and fetus.

The following asanas are beneficial during this trimester:

  • Vajrasana(diamond pose) –Enhances digestion and can be done directly after meal.It also helps strengthen the pelvic muscles and assist women in labour too.
  • Kati Chakrasana(spinal twist pose) – Relieves physical and mental tension and tones waist, hip and back.
  • Tadasana (mountain pose)– Helps stretch and loosen the entire spine and also helps in developing mental and physical balance.
  • Uthanasana(standing forward fold)– Strengthens muscles of uterus, thighs, back and ankles.

Third Trimester (29 to 40 weeks)

By the third trimester, the body has already undergone drastic physical and biological changes and also the movement of the baby is strong now. The protruding belly and additional weight are likely to challenge one’s balance. Simple balancing postures can make women feel lighter and more aligned. It is advisable to practice yoga with a prenatal teacher at this stage. If you ever feel uncomfortable doing any posture, stop.

Basic balancing postures like Utthita Trikonasana (extended triangle pose), Utthita Parsvakonasana (extended side angle pose), Virabhadrasana (hero pose) and Vrksasana (tree pose) are ideal for building strength in the legs, for proper alignment in the spine and for easing blood circulation.

According to a review of recent research studies, prenatal yoga drastically lowers the chances of pregnancy complications, stress levels and pain, and possibly even the risk of the baby being small for her gestational age.

As we mark the 4th International Day of Yoga, I urge all expecting mothers to join prenatal yoga classes. Not only will you feel better but you will probably make friends with other soon-to–be mothers and your children can become friends!

Cherish this time.

Celebration of International Yoga Day 2018

Glimpses of  4th International Day of Yoga at FRI, Dehradun

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Year-End Review, 2017: Department of Youth Affairs

The major achievements of Department of Youth Affairs (Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports) During 2017 

Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS)

NYKS, with about 3.15 lakh youth enrolled through 1.42 lakh youth clubs, has beennyks logo.jpg working all over the Country to develop the personality of the youth and to engage them in nation-building activities. Some significant initiatives/ achievements of NYKS are as follows:

  • 7.93 lakh saplings were planted by NYKS volunteers.
  • 10,166 units of blood were donated by NYKS volunteers.
  • 2,327 skill up-gradation training programmes were organised, involving 69,597 women & men youth.
  • 280 training programmes on youth leadership and community development were organised, involving 12,301 youth.
  • 1854 Youth Club Development Programmes organised, involving 1,55,873 youth.
  • 1331 Sports Meets at Block and District level were organised, involving 1,67,605 youth.
  • 8054 Programmes held to celebrate days of national and international significance, involving 11,19,587 youth.
  • 240 District Youth Conventions were organised, involving 1,36,734 youth.
  • Swachhta Programme was conducted at 1,04,279 locations involving  8,72,813 youth  for cleaning of  8,825 Schools / colleges, 7,720 Hospitals and 19,437 statues. A total of 9,29,737 Programmes, Activities and Events were organized with the involvement of 59,74,990 youth.
  • Water Conservation – 13,000 awareness creation programmes were conducted by involving 3.8 lakh youth, 2260 new water bodies were created and 3139 water sources were maintained.
  • Indradhanush Programme – 52,317children were immunized with the help of service providers through Indradhanush Programme
  • National Unity Day and Run for Unity Programme was conducted by district Nehru Yuva Kendras in India wherein 2.5 lakh youth were involved.
  • Constitution Day and Quami Ekta Diwas and Pakhwada observed across India by district Nehru Yuva Kendras.
  • Delhi Slum Andolan – ”Social Building and developing less serviced Urban Area/Slums of Delhi ensuring youth participation” is being carried out in Delhi. 12 Slum Yuva Dauds, preparatory meetings & launching function of Slum Yuva Andolan have been conducted in Delhi.
  • International Day of Yoga:  NYKS actively participated in celebration of International Day of Yoga, at all levels.  14 State level events were organised with participation of 34,007 youth. At District level, programmes were organised in 384 Districts in which 2,55,474 youth participated. At village level, 37,286 youth clubs organised yoga demonstrations in which 10,44,518 youth participated.
  • Celebration of Swatchhta Pakhwada : NYKS organized a nation-wide intensive campaign under Swachhta Pakhwada from 1st  to 15th  August, 2017 through district Nehru Yuva Kendras by involving National Youth Volunteers, affiliated Youth Clubs, local youth and other key stakeholders in the districts. They were involved and motivate to devote some hours out of their daily works towards cleanliness of their surroundings.
  • 1,04,279 Youth Clubs carried out cleanliness drives in their villages in which 8,72,813 youth took part. 8,237 Railway Stations, Bus Stands, Market Places and Historical Places were cleaned with the involvement of 1,95,545 youth. Overall under the Swachhta Pakhwada,  a total of 9,29,737 Programmes, Activities and Events were organized with the involvement of 59,74,990 youth.
  • Swachhta Hi Sewa’ campaign : NYKS organized a nation-wide intensive campaign under Swachhta Hi Sewa’ by involving National Youth Volunteers, affiliated Youth Clubs, local youth and other key stakeholders in the districts. They were involved and motivate to devote some hours out of their daily works towards cleanliness of their surroundings.
  • 20, 384 Youth Clubs carried out cleanliness drives in their villages involving villagers from all sections of the society. Created Awareness and motivated youth & villagers in 20,384 villages across India on ODF and Swachhta as well as Distribution of IEC material were undertaken. A total 38,495 programmes were conducted with a participation of 2,05,154 youth participated.
  • Swachh Sankalp Se Swachh Siddhi – In order to generate mass involvement in Swachh Bharat Mission and related issues and making swachhta a people’s movement and to test the knowledge of the participants beyond academics, essay writing and short film making competitions were organized at district, state and national level. The winners of the competitions were given cash prize and certificate of merit.
  • First, Second and Third prize winners of both the competitions at national level were honoured by Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, ACSM, Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C), MoYAS.
  • Prime Minister honoured Ms. Ramandeep Kaur and Shri Sangethlal P.S., National level First Prize Winners of Essay writing and Short Film Making Competitions on 2nd October, 2017 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
  • During current year, IEC–Media and Publicity component of the Scheme has been implemented by NYKS to create awareness/ motivation about Shramadaan in 220 districts. Shramadaan activities are going on. In order to reward outstanding work done under the programme, awards have been given to 152 Youth Clubs.

Special Projects

  • Commemoration of 100 years of Champaran Movement, Bihar in collaboration with Govt. of Bihar at Motihari w.e.f. 15th to 19th April 2017.  Approximately 768 youth from NYKS participated in the programme.
  • Youth Conclave at Guwahati- NYKS organised State level Youth Conclave at Guwahati on 23rd May 2017.  The programme highlighted on youth development issues.  900 youth participate in the programme.
  • Youth Convention at Raipur (Chhattisgarh) NYKS organised State level Youth Convention 25.5.2017 at Raipur Chhattisgarh in which 1359 youth participated.
  • Slum Yuva Daud- NYKS organised Slum Yuva Daud on 26th May 2017 at Delhi for motivating the people from Slum areas of Delhi to join the national mainstream & providing them awareness & education on various Govt. Schemes. About 5000 youth from Slum areas of Delhi participated in the programme.
  • Youth convention at Kozhikode- NYKS organised Youth Convention at Kozhikode, Kerala on 15th June 2017.  The theme of the convention was youth India vision- 2000.  More than 300 youth & volunteers participated in the programme.
  • State level Youth Convention at Gangtok (Sikkim)- NYKS organised State level Youth Convention at Gangtok (Sikkim) on 4th June 2017.  About 1500 youth from NYKS participated in the programme.
  • Youth Involvement in Namami Gange Programme– NYKS is working with National Mission for Clean Ganga to spread awareness for cleanliness & sanitation in villages along Ganga River.  NYKS various activities for cleaning of River Ganga viz.

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  • Ganga Nirikshan Yatra (26th May to 9th June 2017)
  • Ganga Dussehra Celebration (3rd & 4th June 2017)- NYKS organised the prgoramme organise in 53 selected blocks of 4 States of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.  A total of 7601 youth participated in the programme.
  • Ganga Vriksharopan Saptah (25th July to 31sst July 2017)- NYKS organised the programme in 30 districts in the State of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal along river Ganga in which 1,12,246 sapling were planted by 8894 youth & 2299 spearhead team member were participated.
  • Swachh Delhi NCR Project-NYKS has also undertaken youth Led Swachh Delhi NCR Project with the support of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.  502 locations has been selected in 2 ULBs of Faridabad and Gurugram & 157 Spearhead team member have selected in 3 ULBs so far.

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  • Paryatan Parv– NYKS organised Paryataran Parv w.e.f. 5th to 25th Oct 2017 across the country with the objective of encouraging people to know about importance of tourism. Finance Minister awarded MoYAS & NYKS for exemplary work done during Paryatan Parv.
  • Tribal Youth Exchange Programme (TYEP)- TYEP is being organised in 10 location of the country with participation of 2000 youth from 29 LWE affected districts from 7 States of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana & Bihar.
  • North East Youth Exchange Programme- NYKS has been sanctioned programme at 4 venues viz. Hissar, Tiruvananthapuram, Jammu and Pune for 1000 North Eastern Youth participants from eight North East States with the support of Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India.
  • Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat– NYKS is organizing Inter State Youth Exchange Programme (Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat) in  15 pairing States.  So far 4 such programme have been completed in the states of Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Odisha with the participate of 402 youth from pairing States.

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  • Nationwide Declamation Contest on Patriotism and Nation Building– NYKS is organizing Nationwide Declamation Contest on Patriotism and Nation Building at Block, District, State and National level to augment the passion of youth towards patriotism and National Building as part of Republic Day celebration, 2018.

National Service Scheme (NSS)

NSS, with about 3.86 million student youth enrolled in 41,442 NSS units spreaddownload.png over through 396 Universities/ +2 Councils, 16,331 Colleges/ Technical Institutions and 28,621 Senior Secondary Schools across the country, has been working for development of personality and character of student youth through voluntary community service. Some significant initiatives/ achievements of NSS during the year are as follows:

  • NSS has been restructured as a Central Sector Scheme w.e.f. 01.14.2016. The Scheme was a CSS upto 2015-16.
  • NSS volunteers have been actively participating in Swachh Bharat Mission activities across the country. During the Swachh Bharat Pakhwada, NSS volunteers cleaned 3,611 Hospitals, 2,616 Dispensaries, 1,481 Community Centres, 1,096 Old Age Homes, 2,252 Historical Places, 1,062 Orphanages, 176 Centres for Disabled, 949 Railway Stations, 6,961 Bus Stops, 2,282 Statues and 654 Archeological Sites and Tourist Places. Sh. M. Vishnu, an NSS volunteer won the 2nd Prize in film making competition organised by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation during ‘Swachhta Hi Sewa’ programme.
  • On the occasion of International Day of Yoga (21.06.2017), about 22.16 lakh NSS Volunteers participated in various yoga programmes across the country.
  • 33.54 lakh saplings were planted by NSS volunteers.
  • 3.96 lakh units of blood was donated by NSS volunteers.
  • 4.50 lakh children were immunized by NSS volunteers under Mission Indradhanusha.
  • 17,134 Health/ Eye/ Immunisation camps were organised, in which 9.93 lakh NSS volunteers participated.
  • 50,355 awareness programmes/ rallies/ campaigns were organised on issues of relevance to the community, in which 36.05 lakh NSS volunteers participated.
  • 148.71 lakh volunteer-hours of Shramadaan was undertaken by NSS volunteers during the year.
  • 2.33 lakh NSS volunteers were imparted Training on Self Defence.
  • Awareness on GST and Digital Payment were organised by NSS units throughout the country.
  • 3 North East Youth Festivals were organised in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Tripura in which 300 NSS volunteers each from every north eastern state participated.

Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD)

RGNIYD, located at Sriperimbudur (Tamilnadu), is a premier institution for training,Rajiv_Gandhi_National_Institute_of_Youth_Development_Logo.png research, extension and outreach initiatives on youth issues. RGNIYD has been declared as an “Institute of National Importance” through enactment of RGNIYD Act, 2012. Some significant initiatives/ achievements of RGNIYD during the year are as follows:

  • RGNIYD brought out the India Youth Development Index and Report 2017 which is a pioneering attempt made by the Institute in 2010 and followed it up with the India Youth Development Index in 2017.The publication was released by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on 13th November 2017 at New Delhi.
  • 210 training of trainers /capacity building programmes were conducted involving 14433 youth functionaries and youth through SIMPLE and SMART model throughout the country on various themes in line with National Youth Policy 2014.
  • To inculcate trade skills among the SC/ST and North Eastern Region Youth, RGNIYD along with Ni-MSME organises capacity building training programmes to reach 700 youth in seven states.
  • RGNIYD, in collaboration with IIE organises ToT on Life Skills, Entrepreneurship Development and Business Incubation training programmes for the North Eastern Region.
  • In the Academic Programmes 190 Students enrolled for the academic year 2016-17 and 2017-18 where most of the states are represented.
  • 26 projects proposed by renowned research organisations, were funded by RGNIYD. 8 projects were undertaken by the internal faculty members of RGNIYD.
  • B.Voc. Programme on Apparel Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship and Fashion Design and Retail started in collaboration with Apparel Training and Design Centre (ATDC), Ministry of Textiles, GoI is being run in 19 ATDC Centres with total 513 students enrolled in these Centres.
  • RGNIYD launched another unique one-year Post Graduate Diploma in Youth Development in the academic year 2016-17 which was continued in 2017 with 51 students.
  • Embryonic Social Business Incubation Centre is being set up by RGNIYD.
  • Centre for Excellence in Political Leadership and Management to be set up at RGNIYD.
  • Centre for GIS in Good Governance sponsored by IISR/ISRO is set up in RGNIYD through which Diploma in Political Leadership will be offered.
  • Initiated Orientation Programme on Empowering Youth on Governance and Development with support from Members of Parliament.
  • RGNIYD has signed a MoU with the Training and Research Wing of the Election Commission of India, India International Institute of Democracy & Election Management (IIIDEM) on 13th November 2017to promote Voter Education among Youth
  • RGNIYD has signed a MoU with the National Council of Rural Institutes (NCRI) an institution functioning under the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India on 1st November 2017 to cooperate in the broad areas of training, field engagement, joint publications, teaching-learning and research, on various aspects of rural India.
  • RGNIYD’s Faculty members and Student Participation in National/International Programmes.
Sl. No.                 Name of the Programme No. of Students/Faculty members
1. Indian Youth Delegation to Sri Lanka from 13th to 21st January, 2017 2 students
2. Workshop on Evidence-based Policies on Youth Development in Asia – Promoting the Sustainability of the Youth Policy Toolbox in Asia-Pacific was held from 29 May – 1 June 2017 at United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand. 1 Training Officer
3. International Youth Exchange Program to China from 9-16 July, 2017. 16 students + 1 Faculty member
4. 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting at Kampala, Uganda (Africa) from 29th July to 3rdAugust 2017. 1 Faculty member
5 Indian Youth Delegation to Palestine  from 14th to 21st September, 2017 4 students
6 19th World Festival of Youth and Students at Russia from 14th October 2017 to 22nd October 2017 2 students +1 Faculty member
7 Indian Youth Delegation to Egypt from 4th to 9th November, 2017 1 students
8 Indian Youth Delegation to Sri Lanka from 11th to 27th December 2017 6 students

International Cooperation

The Department seeks to operate international youth exchange programmes with various countries to develop international perspective among the youth and also to collaborate with various international agencies on youth development. Some significant achievements during the year are as follows:

April, 2016
  •  Visit of 10 – member Vietnamese Youth Delegation to India.
  •  Visit of 50 – member Nepalese Youth Delegation to India.
  •  Visit of 4 – member Indian Youth Delegation to Bharain to attend International Youth Conference.
May, 2016

 

  • Visit of 34 – member Indian Youth Delegation to South Korea.
  •  Visit of 49 – member Palestine’s Youth Delegation to India.
  •  Visit of 10 – member Indian Youth Delegation to Vietnam.
June, 2016
  • Visit of 196-member Indian Youth Delegation to China.
July, 2016
  • Visit of 46 – member Indian Youth Delegation to Russia.
  • Visit of 10 – member Indian Youth Delegation to China to attend BRICS Youth Summit.
  • Visit of 6 – member Indian Youth Delegation to Kampala, Uganda to attend 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers’ Meeting.

 

September, 2016
  • Visit of 30 – member Sri Lankan Youth Delegation to India.
  • Visit of 31 – member of Indian Youth Delegation to Palestine.
October, 2016
  •  Visit of 121 – member Indian Youth Delegation to Russia to participate in the World Youth Festival.
  •  Visit of 3 Young Parliamentarians from India to attend BRICS Young Parliamentarians Forum, St. Pittsburg, Russia.
  • Visit of 34 – member South Korean Delegation to India.
November, 2016
  • Visit of 195 – member Chinese Youth Delegation to India.

A Project on “Strengthening of NYKS and NSS” is being implemented in collaboration with UNDP/ UNV. The Project is to be implemented over 4-year period at a total cost of about Rs.14 crores. The Project manpower has been recruited, trained and deployed in the field. The implementation of the Project is going in full swing.

National Programme for Youth and Adolescent Development (NPYAD)

NPYAD is an umbrella scheme for providing support to Government/ non-Government organisations for undertaking activities for adolescent and the youth. Some significant achievements of NPYAD are as under:

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  • During Financial Year 2017-18, financial assistance has been given to 15 voluntary organisations including All India Level organisations.
  • The 5th North East Youth Festival was organised at Gangtok, Sikkim from 28th October to 30thOctober, 2017.
  • The 22nd National Youth Festival is scheduled to be held at Gyan Vihar University, Jaipur, Rajsthan during 12th to 16th January, 2018.
  • This year Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award, 2016 was conferred on 4 Awardees for adventure in Land, Water and Life Time Achievements.

National Young Leaders Programme (NYLP)

In pursuance to the Budget announcement during 2014-15, a new Scheme, namely, ‘National Young Leaders Programme (NYLP)’ was launched in December, 2014 in order to develop leadership qualities among the youth. Some significant achivements during the year are as follows:

  • Neighbourhood Youth Parliament Programmes are being organized by involving NYKS-affiliated Youth Clubs with the objective of developing leadership qualities of the youth by involving them in debate/ discussions on contemporary issues. During current year, 2,047 Block level Programmes were organised, with participation of 1.76 lakh youth. In addition, 23,255 village-level neighbourhood youth parliament programmes involving 2.92 lakh youth. The Programmes organised during the first quarter of 2017-18 were effectively leveraged for Yoga Awareness and Training, in addition to other themes, which played a key role in effective participation of NYKS in Yoga programmes across the country on the 21.06.2017, i.e., the International Day of Yoga.
  • Youth for Development: The Programme is being organized, to develop leadership qualities of the youth by involving them in Shramadaan activities. Awards are given to youth clubs doing outstanding work.

Youth Hostels

Youth Hostels are built to promote youth travel and to enable the young people experience the rich cultural heritage of the country. The construction of the Youth Hostels is a joint venture of the Central and State Governments.  Youth Hostels provide good accommodation for the youth at reasonable rates. A total of 83 Youth Hostels have been constructed across the country and one more Youth Hostel at Roing (Arunachal Pradesh) is in advanced stage of construction. Six Youth Hostels, namely, Agra (Uttar Pradesh), Dalhousie (Himachal Pradesh), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Mysore (Karnataka), Panaji (Goa) and Puducherry have got the ISO 9001:2008 Certification.

Yoga: A Revolution in the making

 Dr. H R Nagendra* i20178303

While Yoga has always captured the public imagination, the last three years have seen a sea-change in public awareness of Yoga. The announcement of International Day of Yoga on June 21st by the United Nations in response to the appeal by Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi which was spontaneously appreciated and sponsored by 187 countries has promoted Yoga as a way of life to millions of people across the world. With this, India has shared an ancient practice which has now been adopted by almost all countries in the world cutting across cultural, religious, national, and language barriers, thus reinforcing the basic message of Bharat, which is “Unity in Diversity”.

The International Day of Yoga (IDY) bringing millions of people across the world together in an unprecedented scale has started bringing love, peace, and harmony in the world.

In the West, Yoga has been considered essentially as a physical practice to improve flexibility and strength. But, the very word “Yoga” means “Joining”: which brings about the union of mind, body and soul to reach higher states of consciousness.

With the recent advances in quantum physics, including the discovery of the so-called “God Particle” science has started to realise its limitations and begun to see beyond the traditional reductionist framework. Jnana Yoga gives direction to Science to go beyond the physical to recognize five layers of human dimensions.

India has a long tradition of scientific thinking in Vedas known to be the primodial source for all the knowledge base and Yoga having its origin in Vedas has been no exception. The four streams of Yoga Janana, Bhakti, Raja and Karma yogas work at intellectual, emotional, will power and action  levels brings toal personality development and has a message for all as Swami Kuvalayananda said decades back and pioneered the scientific research in Yoga way back in 1940s. In a study conducted on Yogi Satyamurthy, published in 1973, it was noted that he was voluntarily able to stop the electrical activity of the heart for upto 9 hours and then revive him spontaneously back to normal. In other study, practitioners of a Buddhist Meditation technique (Benson et al., 1982) were able to increase their body temperature by over 15 degree Celsius. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s contribution to research brought the dimension of Relaxation response by TM (Transcendental Meditation) all over the world. Yoga as an “add on” to modern medicine to deal NCDs as Diabetes, Cancer, Heart problems, etc has shown very promising results with the mechanisms being understood using tools of genetics, brain changes, psychology, and physiological pathways. Such research is being spearheaded by S-VYASA Yoga University in Bangalore, which is now the only full fledged University in the world dedicated to yogic research.

Thanks to our Prime Minister, it has not just been restricted to a single day celebration, but has been incorporated into our educational system by NCTE, NCERT by bringing yoga as a compulsory subject in Primary, secondary and higher secondary levels. UGC also did not stay behind and has brought yoga in higher education system to create persons to teach research and bring the benefits to one and all.

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*Author is Chancellor, S-VYASA Deemed University in Bengaluru.  He is also the Editor of monthly magazine ‘Yoga Sudha’.

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