Yoga can contribute to resilience against non-communicable diseases and can be used for preventing and controlling many other lifestyle-related diseases, Health Minister J.P. Nadda said on Wednesday.
"Major non-communicable diseases like cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, stroke and chronic obstructive lung disease are to a great extent due to unhealthy lifestyle. If the body is a temple of the mind, yoga creates a beautiful temple," said Nadda, who is leading the yoga session at the 69th World Health Organisation (WHO) Southeast Asia region office (SEARO) summit.
According to the minister, yoga can bring together body, soul and mind for a holistic approach to health and well-being, including the physical, mental and spiritual realms of the human being.
"Yoga is not just a set of exercises. Rather, yoga is a philosophy of discipline and meditation that transforms the spirit and makes the individual a better person in thought, action, knowledge and devotion."
Nadda, at the session here, articulated the vision of the Indian government in the area of universal health care and its road map for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The minister also received the certificate for Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination (MNTE) and Yaws-free India from the WHO.
India was declared MNTE-free country in August last year and Yaws-free in May, this year.
Inputs from IANS