As part of the celebrations for the 7th International Yoga Day and for the promotion of Yoga and Ayurveda in Cambodia, the Indian Embassy held a webinar on Wednesday on the subject of “Yoga and Ayurveda: Holistic Wellbeing”.

This was done in coordination with the Government of the Indian Ministry of AYUSH, the National Center for Traditional Medicine (NCTM), the Cambodian Ministry of Health and the Cambodian Chamber of Commerce (CCC).

The Director General of the CCC, Nguon Mengtech, gave an opening speech and the Indian Ambassador Dr. Devyani Khobragade made a closing speech. Technical experts gave lectures on various topics related to yoga and Ayurveda, their complementary aspects and advantages for holistic wellbeing.

In his opening speech, Mengtech recalled the collaboration between the CCC and the embassy in organizing various business-related events such as the recent buyers-sellers meeting for buffalo meat and other meat products, attended by numerous companies from India and Cambodia, and the pharmaceutical export promotion country meeting of the Council (PHARMEXIL) on Cambodia. He hopes that more and more trade-related events will take place in the future.

Field experts from various institutes and organizations from India spoke in detail about the benefits of yoga and Ayurveda and their underlying principles, which lead to a holistic well-being of the individual.

Dr. Ishwar Basavaraddi, Director of the Moraji Desai National Institute of Yoga in Delhi, also explained the recently released yoga app for the 7th International Yoga Day on June 21 and the yoga certification process for interested institutes from abroad. He encouraged yoga institutes and the CCC to apply for yoga certification from India.

Other speakers were Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhan Samsthana, All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi, National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur and Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Jamnagar.

They gave lectures on “Yoga, its basics and application in daily life”, “Role of Ayurveda in Covid-19”, “Role of Ayurveda in diabetes” and “Role of Ayurveda in cardiovascular diseases”.

In her closing remarks, Dr. Khobragade states that yoga deals with the harmonization of body, mind and soul, while Ayurveda takes care of the physical and mental well-being of people through diet and lifestyle changes.

She said the recent discussion between the AYUSH ministry and NCTM was exploring opportunities for collaboration in traditional medicine and their efforts to soon sign a memorandum of understanding and expand the collaboration to other related areas.

She added that tourism is one of the main pillars of growth in Cambodia with several wellness centers across the country that could add yoga and Ayurveda services to boost their tourist potential, particularly from India.

Dr. Khobragade said there were ample business opportunities for both countries in this area and hoped that companies on both sides would take advantage of these opportunities and improve trade and trade ties between India and Cambodia.

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