Holistic Health
Join the 999 challenge: yoga and 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.

Ways to participate in C20


AYUDH – Global Youth Wing

Vidyamritam – Children scholarships
Technology enhanced Learning: AmritaRITE, OLabs, MedSIM, AyurSIM, AVIEW, VLab
Online Education – African batch of fully funded students in Amrita’s BCA degree
AmritaJSS – Skill Development and Adult Literacy
AmritaServe – Education, Skill Development, Learning Technologies
Inclusive Education: Amrita Orphanage, Amrita Institute for Differently Abled, Amrita Speech and Hearing Improvement School (ASHIS), Village Education Centers

Join the 999 challenge

The challenge is to practice 9 rounds of Surya Namaskar and 9 minutes of Meditation for World Peace daily for 9 days and then reflect on the impact it had on your life. The challenge highlights how yoga and meditation can have a major impact on mental health and physical well-being. Participants of the challenge have reported experiencing positive changes in their life outlooks, energy levels and overall sense of well-being. This, in turn, contributed to an atmosphere of peace within their schools and families. The goal is to reach 1 million people around the world by international yoga day, June 21st.

Share your experiences with 999

Now that you have completed your 9 days of Surya Namaskaram and prayers for world peace, we want to know about your experience! Please share your experience with the 999 challenge, let us know how it has impacted you mentally, emotionally, and physically. Your response can be written, or a video.

Chaupal C20

Each one of us influences the health of our society. The #YouAreTheLight campaign is a platform for all to share their experiences of health problems in society and suggest solutions to be included in our policy pact for the G20.


We aim to widen the discussions on different facets of sustainable development goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being with policy building meetings and a series of public webinars and awareness campaigns that will take place throughout 2023. Join us for one of our upcoming events.

Sub-Working Group Coordinators

Dr. P. Rammanohar

Director, Amrita Centre for Advanced Research in Ayurveda

Dr. Maanasi Madhavan Menon

Associate Professor, Amrita School of Ayurveda

Brahmacharini Shobha

Assistant Professor, Amrita Vishwa VidyaPeetham, Director, Amrita Yoga


National Coordinator for Youth Empowerment, Amrita University

Shweta A.

National Coordinator for Youth Empowerment, Amrita University

Contact: hh.ihh.c20india@amrita.edu

Core Commitee Members

Swami Sankaramritananda Puri

Dean, Amrita School of Ayurveda

Dr. Sarika Chaturvedi

Senior Scientist, Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth

Unnikrishnan Payyappalli

Professor, University of Transdisciplinary Health Sciences and Technology, Bengaluru

Dr. N. K. Manjunath

Pro-Vice-Chancellor & Director of Research, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana

Supriya Bhalerao

Associate Professor, Interactive Research School for Health Affairs, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University, Pune

Dr. G. Sivaraman

Managing Director, Arogya Healthcare, Pvt. Ltd.

Dr. Mobassir Khan

Founder Trustee, International Unani Forum

Dr. B. R. Bindu

Assistant Professor/Lecturer, Shreevidyadhiraja Homoeopathic Medical College

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Message from the Chair, C20 India 2023

Our Inspiration

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.
Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi ❤️

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