Yoga to Fight Against NCDs

Members of the public participating in the Yoga Day yesterday. Photo: DEPTFO.

Yoga practice can be used as an intervention to fight against 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 Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa at the International Yoga Day commemorated at Albert Park yesterday.

Schools students and members of the public participated at the Yoga Day today 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. 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,” Minister Vuniwaqa said.

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 program.

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