Karan: Yoga may hold cure to NCD-related deaths

Members of the Yoga for You program (from left) Monika Devi, Kavita Nanad, Raena Kumar, Monika Devi, Kavita Nand, Sangeeta Kumar (yoga program instructor) and Angie Nand celebrating International Day of Yoga at the My Suva Picnic Park yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

YOGA may hold the cure to 80 per cent of deaths caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which continues to increase annually in Fiji, says permanent secretary to the Office of the Prime Minister Yogesh Karan.

Officiating at the International Day of Yoga and Vegetarian Food Festival in Suva yesterday, Mr Karan said Government was trying to educate people and promote healthier lifestyles.

He said the country had one of the highest death rates in the Pacific because of NCDs.

“I believe yoga could be one of the most effective ways of leading healthier lifestyles,” he said.

“Yoga has been adapted into a form of exercise and has gained tremendous popularity in recent years, however, many fail to realise that yoga is much more than just a simple exercise. Yoga leads to the healthy development of mind, body and soul, it improves brain functions, memory and concentration.

“It also improves posture and plays a very important role in helping you cope with stress.”

Mr Karan said the benefits of yoga were infinite and it had the potential to cure many diseases.

“In yoga there are many poses and exercises that have the potential to cure respiratory problems.

“In addition it also helps in curing many other diseases related to our nervous system, abdominal problems and joint problems.”

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