Focus areas / NCDs

Non-communicable diseases NCDs (also known as chronic diseases) are medical conditions of long duration and slow progression.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) stresses the importance of integrating evidence-based yoga into health care for its multiple benefits in promoting overall health.


Chronic lung diseases


Mental Disorders (Mental Disorders)

Cardiovascular diseases

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About focus areas

SIMY is actively working to integrate yoga into the healthcare, community and education systems to promote health and well-being in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030. A central part of this work is using yoga as an effective intervention to manage and prevent various chronic diseases, also known as non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

There is extensive evidence demonstrating that yoga is effective in managing NCDs. Using yoga as a patient-centred intervention can improve the integrative care of patients with these conditions. Yoga also acts as a health-promoting behaviour change intervention that targets multiple risk factors, including physical inactivity.

Yoga is a patient-centred intervention that strengthens patient self-care and self-management. This means that patients not only gain tools to better manage their diseases, but also learn to take responsibility for their own health and well-being. This is in line with the goals set out in the 2030 Agenda to promote good health and well-being.

By working on implementation, we aim to ensure that the most effective methods of health promotion and disease prevention are available and used in the best possible way in healthcare.

SIMY's work to integrate yoga into healthcare is an important step in addressing the growing challenges of chronic diseases. By promoting a patient-centred model of care and implementing evidence-based practices, we are helping to improve the health and well-being of many individuals, in line with the 2030 Agenda goals. Yoga has the potential to be a powerful intervention that improves the quality of life and health outcomes of patients with NCDs, while promoting a healthy lifestyle and preventing future health problems.