Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana University (S-VYASA), was established in 1986, and is a charitable educational institution promoting the role of Yoga in the modern medical sciences and research. Based on the teachings of Swami Vivekananda, the four streams of Yoga, that are the key essence of Indian culture, are now being applied to bring health, harmony and peace to people all over the world. Suggested by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the United Nations has declared 21st June as the International Yoga Day in 2014. The mission of S-VYASA, has been to combine the best of the east (Yoga and spiritual lore) with that of the west (modern scientific research).
S-VYASA has supported and enabled thousands of students with an interest in yoga and its connection to medicine to conduct research, both independently and in collaboration with dozens of medical institutions around the world. Stop Diabetes Movement (Madhumeha Mukta Bharat) is one of the important mission initiatives of S-VYASA.
IDRF Partner Since: 2002
Focus Area: Health
Project Title(s): Construction of Eknath Center, Women’s Hostel, Naturopathy and Ayurveda Center, and, Stop Diabetes Movement & Yoga Awareness
IDRF joined hands with S-VYASA in 2007 for the construction of Eknath Center –City Clinic in Bengaluru city. At this center yoga training and therapy are conducted. In 2010 and 2011, IDRF again teamed up with S-VYASA for the construction of a Naturopathy and Ayurveda Center on the campus of the university. A four-floor women’s hostel on the campus was constructed in 2010 with IDRF’s partnership, to accommodate 500 students of all ages and levels (Bachelors to Doctorate). In 2017, IDRF supported the expansion of this hostel as well.
S-VYASA was in the forefront to organize “Madhumeha Mukta Bharat Yoga Saptaha” for a week, in June 2015. Stop Diabetes Movement (SDM) camps were organized to spread awareness about diabetes and preventing diabetes among the Indians across the country for the well-being of the nation, by using ancient holistic approach of Yoga. This mission has been an ambitious movement to prevent India from becoming “Diabetes Capital of the World”. This meteoric increase in numbers is primarily driven by rapid changes in diet, demographic transitions, and sedentary lifestyle in the background of genetic predisposition. India’s economic boom has been accompanied by not only an increase in the number of people with diabetes, but also those at risk for the disease.
IDRF partnered with S-VYASA in 2016 for organizing the 1,426 SDM camps conducted in 21 states in India. The participants received CDs and booklets and, availed of the benefits of Yoga therapy in the management of diabetes. Blood samples were collected for laboratory tests (sponsored by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India) and follow-up action plans were prepared under which the participants were monitored for one year to continue Yoga therapy and laboratory tests were repeated at the end of third, sixth and twelfth months.
S-VYASA has received positive feedback from people representing all walks of life that there has been no negative effects of the module and a large number of participants showed a 20% reduction in blood glucose levels within one week. Encouraged by these positive results, the program is going forward and aims to significantly reduce this growing epidemic in India.
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Yoga Camps conducted by S-VYASA