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Yoga Can Prevent NCDs: Vuniwaqa

Yoga practice can be used as an intervention to help the prevention and management of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). There is ample evidence that practicing yoga helps combat stress and chronic
22 Jun 2017 10:19
Yoga Can Prevent NCDs: Vuniwaqa
A large number of students gathered at Albert Park and Pavilion to celebrate International day of yoga on June 21, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Yoga practice can be used as an intervention to help the prevention and management of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

There is ample evidence that practicing yoga helps combat stress and chronic conditions.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa at the International Yoga Day commemorated at Suva’s Albert Park yesterday.

Students and members of the public participated at the Yoga Day with demonstrations from Yoga teachers from the Indian High Commission’s Cultural Centre.

Minister Vuniwaqa informed students that Yoga is not only physical activity but a complete science of living.

“Yoga is very important for a healthy being.

“It can contribute in a holistic way to achieve an equilibrium between the mind and the body,” Ms Vuniwaqa said.

“This approach to health and wellbeing can make a direct and useful contribution to humankind’s quest to achieve sustainable development and move towards lifestyles that are in harmony with nature.”

In 2016, the Ministry of Education took a positive initiative and organised International Yoga day in schools throughout Fiji. Around 30,000 students participated in the programme.

The ministry has decided to make this a part of the school curriculum.

 

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