Who we are

Yog Dhyan Foundation (YDF) is a registered Indian trust founded in the year 1985. The idea of its existence was conceived and inspired by the philosophy of providing quality life to all.

The vision led to the creation of an organization which could help facilitate the provision of quality life for all through making available decent health services. Apart from the varied social and community wide initiatives YDF is engaged in, its primary mandate focuses on a special category of children. YDF has entrusted itself with the task of combating the ill effects of type 1 diabetes among juveniles through providing free health services. While the foundation overarchingly works towards this issue, it places a special emphasis on juvenile diabetics among the poverty ridden strata of the society. Focusing on an issue which has found little place in the development discourses, YDF has attempted to make a significant impact on the lives of children with type 1 diabetes, who are otherwise left at the periphery, far from being included into the mainstream. The work at YDF is governed by the guiding principles of being secular and non-political.



A society which is just, egalitarian and democratic where all sections live a life free from disease, hunger and exclusion.


  • We work towards providing health facilities and undertake alternative therapeutic measures to combat the ill effects of type 1 diabetes among children especially belonging to the poverty ridden sections of the society.
  • We build capacities of families having children with type 1 diabetes and attempt to create an enabling environment for children to help vulnerable sections in the society realize their optimum potential leading to improvement in their quality of life.
  • We partner with government ministries; local, national and international organizations to upscale our intervention models and replicate.

Core Principles

  • The core principles at YDF guide its vision and mission to help achieve the objective of making the desired change in the lives of children with type 1 diabetes and their families. These core principles are:
  • Inclusive

    YDF adopts an inclusive approach wherein it attempts to work with all sections of the society requiring intervention

  • Secular

    YDF works for the development of children with type 1 diabetes and their families. Its mandate is to work with all sections of the society irrespective of caste, class or religion

  • Transparent

    All operations at YDF are transparent and available for referral to all interested individuals and organizations

  • Non Political

    YDF does not endorse and does not hold any affiliation with any political party or group. It is non political in its approach and works in direct contact with the communities

  • Accountable

    YDF considers itself accountable to the targeted beneficiaries and accounts to create impact for every rupee spent



The inception of YDF three decades ago was guided with the mission of empowering diabetic children and their families through effective and perennial access to health services and adequate nutrition. Its genesis was conceptualized in the heart of the country, Delhi where the magnitude of migrant population is overwhelming, most of who are cornered to the periphery unable to access decent services essential for a living.


Recognizing the prevalence of the disease and the daunting need for intervention, YDF came into being to improve the health status of juvenile diabetics through not only improving their access to health services but also combating the ill effects of the disease through providing free yoga classes. Reiterating the need for intervention, YDF, envisages collaborating with donors to expand its outreach and foray into avenues of education and livelihoods. Recognizing that these domains are intertwined, YDF in today’s date envisages for holistic human development.

Legal Status

YDF was registered as an Indian trust in the year 1985. The organization obtained its 12A registration from the Income Tax department the very year. All donations made to YDF are tax exempted under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act.

The name of the trust changed to ‘Yog Dhyan Foundation’ in the year 2013 vide order dated 25.04.2013 pronounced by the Honorable District and Sessions Judge (North), Rohini Courts, Delhi.


YDF has a team of development professionals working as trainers and mobilizers to take the interventions to the targeted beneficiary group.

The executive body envisions and gives directions to the thrust areas in which the organization invests its resources.


YDF adopts a coherent approach in working towards its goal of providing treatment to children with type 1 diabetes. Surging ahead with the target of providing financial and health related support to about 1000 children with type 1 diabetes across the country, YDF moves hand in hand with families.




Chief Functionary


Mr. Anil Kumar Vedwal
Chief Functionary

Anil Kumar Vedwal is a renowned Yoga practitioner and therapist,carrying an experience of over 15 years. He has done M.Sc in Yog and Doctor in Naturopathy and Yog. Anil has marked his immense contribution in the field of yoga for health. He was awarded the best yoga therapist award for the year 2012 and has also received other recognitions for his contribution in the field of study and practice related to yoga. Coupled with yoga is his varied knowledge on naturopathy and physical fitness that gives him an edge over other yoga specialists and practitioners. He carries a rich experience of working with Ministry of Health & welfare, Royal House of Morroco, and Delhi Council for Child Welfare. Currently, he is serving as the chief functionary in Yog Dhyan Foundation, a not for profit initiative entrusted towards ensuring health lives to children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes through yoga and related medical help. Anil, with his expertise in yoga and physical fitness engages actively with such children and their families to bring about a positive change in their lives.



  • AIIMS Hospital (Delhi)
  • Kalawati Hospital (Paharganj)
  • Deen Dayal Upadhaya Hospital ( Hari Nagar)
  • ESI Hospital ( Gurgaon)
  • Lok Nayak Pant Hospital (I.T.O)
  • Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital

Medical Panel

  • Dr. Anju Virmani

    Senior Consultant

  • Dr. Ashok Gulati

    Senior Diabetologist