Holistic Health

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Traditional & alternative medicine | yoga, & meditation

The Holistic Health approach to wellness addresses the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual components of health. It recognizes that tradition, culture, community, lifestyle, and environment all contribute to health. The ongoing initiatives of SDG3, One Earth, One Health, and universal health coverage all incorporate the necessity of a holistic approach to health. We intend to expand upon these efforts and focus on three complementary areas that contribute to a holistic approach to health: yoga, meditation, and forms of traditional medicine, such as Ayurveda.


Traditional Medicine

Traditional medicine systems, such as Ayurveda, have been practiced for thousands of years and have been shown to be effective and often complementary to modern medicine. They can play a significant role in making holistic health an integral part of the global healthcare system.



Yoga has long been shown to benefit both physical and mental health. In addition to increasing flexibility and strength and improving circulation and respiration, it also relieves stress and creates a sense of peace and well-being. Yoga therapy follows a holistic health approach to treat the mind and body together.

Yoga has become increasingly popular and widely available over the last century because of its many health benefits. Yet, the therapy is less commonly available to complement services provided by government, public, and health institutions, such as schools, hospitals, and prisons. We aim to generate policies that support the creation and implementation of outreach yoga programs in these institutions.



Meditation benefits the body, mind, and intellect. The modern lifestyle has led to various mental health issues that can lead to behavioral problems and addiction and contribute to physical diseases.


Meditation enables people to channel negative thoughts and mental energy in a way that promotes positivity, a sharper intellect, greater focus and creativity, and reduces negative emotions and stress. In doing so, it combats mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and aggression. When individuals are more self-aware and peaceful, it generates a positive ripple effect that benefits society.


We aim to promote the mental and emotional benefits of meditation and to generate policies that support the creation and implementation of outreach meditation programs in government, public, and health institutions, such as schools, hospitals, and prisons.

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Sub-Working Group Coordination

Dr. Ram Manohar

Amrita Centre: Advanced Research in Ayurveda

Narindra Anand

MA Math

Dr. Maanasi Madhavan Menon

Amrita School of Ayurveda

Shweta Anand

MA Math

Bri. Shobha

Amrita University

Core Commitee Members

Swami Sankaramritananda Puri

Amrita School of Ayurveda

Dr. Sarika Chaturvedi

Dr D Y Patil Vidyapeeth

Unnikrishnan Payyappalli

University of Transdisciplinary Health Sciences and Technology, Bengaluru

Supriya Bhalerao

Interactive Research school for Health Affairs, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University, Pune

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Amma sees the whole world as a flower. Each petal represents a nation. If one petal is infested with pests, it will affect the other petals as well. The beauty of the whole flower suffers. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to protect and nurture this flower. All living beings in creation are interdependent. The rhythm of Nature depends upon humanity. It’s necessary to maintain the rhythm of the mind and body for the sake of our health and lifespan, for the sake of humankind and Nature.
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