There has been a renewed vigor in research into therapeutic effects of Yoga . Yoga is now no longer confined as a health preventive and promotive discipline, It is being used increasingly as a therapeutic modality in integration with other modalities of treatment. However, Yoga as a therapeutic modality needs to be practiced under trained hands lest it is not misused by all and sundry with false claims and cures. So the question now posed is "Who is Trained to impart yoga as a therapy" . Are saints, sadhus and sants qualified for this, or mere practitioners of yoga or housewives who take this up as a passion for livelihood qualified to use yoga as a therapy? The question is important as more and more people take recourse to yoga more such people come up with claims of cure for chronic diseases such as Diabetes, Cancer, HIV etc. Only the trained medical practitioner who has training in yoga is aware of the extent of its benefits and limitations. He is aware of how yoga works and how it can benefit in varied disease conditions. There is a systematic training in integrating yoga as a medicine, that makes them qualified to impart yoga as a therapy. This kind of training is imparted in the course curriculum of Bachelors degree in Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences a 5 and half year medical degree course that been recognised by several state governments and Department of AYUSH since 1987. The students have to compulsorily attend yoga classes daily over a 5 year period apart from theory and practical sessions covering more than 300 hours of training. They are taught systematically to integrate yoga as a therapeutic intervention in management of various disease conditions with tailored modules which is evidenced by several research publications today. This course is imparted by 16 colleges across the country with post graduation (MD, YOGA AND REHABILITATION ) available in two states. It is time this course is given their due recognition as a central registration to practice yoga as a therapy by Department of AYUSH, Govt of India.
We appeal to PM and Department of AYUSH to give support for BNYS graduates for central registration. Just as medicine and surgery go together in MBBS the same holds good for Naturopathy and yoga as both of them are lifestyle interventions and are inseparable. The same has been advocated by our beloved Father of the Nation Sri Mahatma Gandhiji . BNYS graduates have contributed immensely towards Yoga research with more than 200 research publications by them. Lets support them to make our nation healthy by using "YOGA THE RIGHT WAY".
Dr Raghavendra Rao M, BNYS, PhD (Yoga and Lifesciences)