WHO, Ministry conclave on yoga benchmark

The Ministry of AYUSH and World Health Organisation (WHO) are jointly organising a three-day conclave for reviewing the WHO document “Benchmarks for Training in Yoga” beginning Tuesday.

WHO is developing the yoga document as part of its global strategy to strengthen the quality, safety and efficacy of traditional and complementary medicine.

The development of this benchmark document is included in the project collaboration agreement signed between WHO and Ministry of AYUSH on cooperation in the field of traditional and complementary medicine under WHO strategy covering the period 2014-2023.

“A total of 16 yoga experts would be reviewing the draft document. Out of 16 experts, 11 international experts are from USA, UK, Canada, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Japan, Australia and Malaysia. There would be four session on all three days. All the technical sessions would be coordinated by the experts from WHO Secretariat,’’ noted a release issued by the AYUSH Ministry.

This benchmarks document will be used in evaluating Yoga therapy, identifying trends in utilization, developing payment structures for service models, establishing regulatory framework for Yoga practice, the release said.