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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 21st International Conference on Frontiers in Yoga Research and its Applications (INCOFYRA) and shared his vision for an integrated healthcare system for India. He spoke about the need to increase awareness about AYUSH Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddhi and Homeopathy.
He believes that the Indian system of medicine can see the link between Adhi or problems and Vyadhi or problems at the physical level. So by promoting the acceptance of AYUSH by at the mind level integrating it with modern medicine, he intends to create better wellness among people, rely more on local resources and reduce healthcare costs.
Modi mentioned that some studies have estimated that India stands to lose about 4.58 trillion dollars before 2030 due to non communicable diseases and mental health conditions. He called for a need to address the question of the psychological state of our existence as much as we try to advance our physical and material life. "This is where the role of yoga is paramount. Across the world, there are moving stories of transformed lives and rekindled hopes due to Yoga," he added.
While the celebration of International Yoga Day on June 21st by 192 countries is a sign of not only the growing popularity of yoga but also a symbol of the universal aspiration for health and well-being according to Modi.
He emphasised the need to use the techniques and methods of modern science to test and validate results, assure quality and explain benefits of Yoga." India must have the best quality yoga teachers," he declared as he mentioned that the time for 'naare-baazi' is long gone. India now has to deliver and lead the way as we offer the world an integrated healthcare system which takes a holistic approach.
To achieve this, he extended his wholehearted support to the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana University (S-VYASA) in Bengaluru to develop a research-backed system for integrating yoga and ancient medical practices with allopathy and other systems.
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