BENGALURU: Prof. Dr B.N.Gangadhar, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) said that yoga was secular enough to be practised by all and it increased both physical and mental well-being and those findings have been backed by strong empirical evidence.
He was speaking on ‘Yoga and Mental Health,’ at the Indian Institute of World Culture (IIWC), Basawanagudi, on March 16.
“Mental and physical well-being will definitely increase if yoga is practised. There are a plethora of physical and mental conditions that can be improved by yoga, in some cases prevented too. Many diseases can be cured without medicine and by yoga alone. There is empirical evidence to prove that yoga increases the mental conditions of those suffering from depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, amnesia, autism, and memory related problems.”
He informed the audience that there is a lack of empirical evidence to show that yoga prevented certain mental and physical diseases but there were enough and more evidence to prove that yoga increased physical and mental health conditions.