The Government’s Initiative of applying the power of Yoga to check the spread of diabetes is laudable.
Yoga can help people to not only stay healthy but also increase their happiness and overall wellness quotient.
Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar ji
Diabetes is a major Non-Communicable Disease, posing threat to the human community and exchequer of the globe. India is going to be the global capital for diabetes by 2025. It is right time that all the nations shall awake in controlling the epidemic before its holocaust has devastating effect on the human race.
Our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Sri Narendra Modiji, a visionary for the welfare of the countrymen, is encouraging our ancient traditional systems of evidence based holistic health (Yoga based life style change) for preventing and managing many Non-Communicable Diseases such as Diabetes, Hypertension, Cancer, Obesity, Mental Health etc. With a view to promote the same effectively, a separate ministry of AYUSH is established under the Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) Sri Sripad Yesso Naik. The AYUSH ministry since, declaring 21st June as International Day of Yoga, has unveiled various programs both at National and State level for promoting traditional Indian systems of Holistic Health.
Taking in to consideration, the percentage of population reeling under diabetes and to prevent the nation from becoming the Diabetic Capital of the World, the Ministry of AYUSH has planned various projects involving both Governmental and non- governmental institutions working for this social cause.
During the 2nd international day of yoga (21st June 2016) held at Chandigarh, our prime minister gave a clarion call to all yoga institutions to focus this year, on taking up several programs to promote yoga for diabetes . On this basis, Ministry of AYUSH, New Delhi, has planned this mega nationwide project to control the increasing prevalence of diabetes in India through yoga based life style program called Niyantrita Madhumeha Bharata abhiyaan (NDCP- national diabetes control program), routed through central council of research in yoga and naturopathy, New Delhi, and implemented by the Indian Yoga Association (IYA). IYA is an association that has members from all major traditional yoga paramparas of the country.
As the first phase of NDCP, national diabetes control yoga program or Niyantrita Madhumeha Bharata through yoga based lifestyle change, a common yoga based life style protocol for diabetes was prepared by the IYA national committee consisting of diabetologists and yoga masters. On October 2nd 2016, on the auspicious occasion of Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti, the program was inaugurated in New Delhi by our Hon’ble PM by releasing the booklet of this common yoga protocol for diabetes.
For the successful execution of this project designed as a research based project by the scientific committee, IYA has now planned an orientation program for experienced yoga instructors and senior research fellows selected from different parts of the country. This will be conducted by S-VYASA Yoga University and Art of Living (AOL), Bengaluru, the two major representatives of IYA, nominated as training partners of NDCP.
On November 14, 2016, the World Diabetes Day, this five-day training of yoga trainers and researchers for Niyantrita Madhumeha Bharata abhiyaan (NDCP) has been flagged off at Shri Shri Ravishankar’s Art of Living campus, Bengaluru. The ceremony was graced by Gurudev Shri Shri Ravishankar, Dr. H R Nagendra, the Chancellor of S-VYASA and Chairman of AYUSH Task Force, Representatives of AYUSH, Karnataka and CCRAS (Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha), Endocrinologists and other Philanthropists.
This orientation program of five days (16th to 20th November 2016) will orient the therapists (YIDMs) in uniform methods for teaching the protocol and documentation of the required simple medical measurements for Diabetes.
The project will be implemented between December 2016 to June 2017 in 60 districts (1 to 7 / state depending on the population of the state) covering 30 states of the country by trained YIDMs (yoga instructors for diabetes movement’) as field therapists (around 1200) monitored by senior research fellows(SRFs) and a state level IYA committee. The project is planned to screen around 2.5 lakhs population round the country and conduct yoga camps in selected villages and towns (selected by the randomization method by an international medical research team) covering a total of 48,000 pre-diabetics and diabetics with intensive follow up for 3 months. The results will be presented to the ministry by IYA research team before the next international day of yoga.