Yoga prevents lifestyle diseases: WHO

PV Desk : Ahead of the International Day of Yoga, the World Health Organisation has encouraged the people to take up the 5000-year-old practice to prevent lifestyle diseases and reduce the risk of depression.
“Yoga can be practised at all ages. It can prevent lifestyle diseases,” Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, said as the day will be observed globally on Wednesday.

She said the only requirement is “a commitment to better health and a willingness to gently stretch, exercise and invigorate one’s body and mind”.

“It (Yoga) can help kids get the 60 minutes of daily activity (which is) needed to set up a lifetime of good health. It can help adults reach the 150 minutes of weekly activity needed to stave off non-communicable diseases,” she said.