Latin American country Brazil has a strong community of Yoga and Ayurveda practitioners. The Brazilian Association of Ayurveda (ABRA) is a non-profit association with offices in 9 states of Brazil and has members all over Brazil. An International Congress on Ayurveda was organized in the State of Goias in Brazil from 12-14 November 2013. The event was co-sponsored by Department of AYUSH, Ministry of health and family welfare, Government of India and State government of Goias. The third International Congress on Ayurveda was held from 12 to 15 March, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro.
There are already some MoUs in place, the one between Federal University of Rio De Janeiro & Ministry of AYUSH in Homeopathy or the MoU between Gujarat Ayurveda University & Escola De Ayurveda, Brazil on cooperation & collaboration in the field of Ayurveda. One promising collaboration is Tripartite MoU being finalized between All India Institute of Ayurveda, Government of India, Future Vision Institute, Sao Paulo and University of Sao Paulo Medical School for scientific research into Ayurveda benefits.
In the last few years, there has also been a significant increase in the number of students travelling to India to study Ayurveda, either through the scholarships scheme offered by the Indian government or in a personal capacity.
Ayurveda is increasingly gaining popularity in Brazil with an estimated 3000 Ayurveda trained therapists working all over the country. Inclusion of Ayurveda as an Integrative and Complementary health practice in the Unified Health System of Brazil (SUS) in March 2017 has further contributed to enhanced interest in the Ayurvedic health care practices and medicines. The Ayurveda practitioners of India and Brazil came together for the International Ayurveda Congress – CONAYUR to discuss the best health care practices in India and Brazil. Such conferences and dialogues are helpful in enhancing the acceptance of Ayurveda in Brazil.
The IDY 2021 celebration events focused on various aspects of Yoga, Ayurveda, including meditation and pranayama sessions. As part of IDY 2021 celebration, the Cultural Centre partnered with the Heartfulness Institute, Brazil to organize daily sessions from 1-21 June under the theme of ‘Yoga for Unity and Wellbeing’ to introduce people to elements of Heartfulness i.e. Relaxation and Meditation. The Embassy has been conducting Yoga classes at its chancery complex thrice a week since January, 2016 which has been increased to four times per week since September 2017 due to their popularity among the Brazilians. These classes have attracted Yoga practitioners from all walks of life including the diplomatic community in Brasilia. The average number of Yoga practitioners per class varies between 60-80.
The Embassy of India in Peru’s capital Lima has taken up the responsibility for the promotion of Voluntary Scheme for Evaluation and Certification of Yoga Professionals, developed by the Quality Council of India (QCI) at the bidding of the Ministry of AYUSH.
Yoga is getting very popular in Costa Rica and we are a hub for international teachers, yoga retreats, nature and practice. Costa Rica has amazing venues in the beaches, volcanes and jungle and yoga practice transforms us to appreciate beauty, peace and freedom- those values my country deeply understands. We are a nation of democracy and green development, small in size but big in heart and principles.
In past some years, influence of Yoga has been tremendous.
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