India is set to celebrate International Day of Yoga on 21st June 2015 to highlight the importance, relevance and usefulness of this ancient Indian technique to the overall benefit of mankind. It is a great opportunity for all of us to explore ways and means of propagating this knowledge through multiple strategies.
The benefits of Yoga in physical and mental well being of the people have been quite established. Incorporating Yoga in to the curriculum of medical education is a much needed intervention. In the context of increasing life-style related health problems, and rising cost of curative treatment, the conventional curriculum guided by Western medicine is no more compatible. Even considering the amount of stress generated among medical and health professionals, Yoga appears to be the only ray of hope for facing the enormous challenges. Every medical college should therefore seriously think in terms of introducing Yoga for the faculty as well as students for disease prevention and health promotion. Some can specialize in therapeutic uses of Yoga.
However the manner which Yoga should be introduced requires further deliberations. Standardization of Yogic training and practice is a challenging issue. The development of a common protocol is a major step taken by the Government so far. Medical educationists should deliberate on the modalities of training, and assessment. This requires some space to be created in the overcrowded curriculum, hiring / training of competent faculty, besides collective action on part of the Government, Universities, and Medical Council of India. A collective voice raised during IDY can have some rippling effect.