More and more people are starting to wonder if they can overcome a sense of feeling they could perhaps feel better than they actually do. This line of thinking has also persuaded many care sector professionals to start looking for holistic tools to help their patients.

Both care professionals and patients want more than simply dispensing or taking medication to treat symptoms, they want a holistic approach that looks at the whole person.

This is where MediYoga, a therapeutic form of yoga, comes into the picture.

Four years ago, a Swedish hospital introduced yoga as part of a rehabilitation programme for heart patients. It was the first hospital in the country to offer medical yoga to its patients and since then nearly one hundred hospitals and healthcare centres have followed it lead.

MediYoga practitioners have achieved remarkable success in combining age-old holistic tools with modern medicine. Many of MediYoga instructors and therapists are healthcare professionals who now use MediYoga as a complementary tool in their everyday work.

For example, if you have high blood pressure, orthodox medicine can quickly provide medication that lowers blood pressure to address the immediate situation. By taking up yoga, the patient can address the underlying cause of the high blood pressure and in so doing improve their health.

It is quite possible that in years to come, doing a yogic breathing sequence will become as common as taking a tablet for a headache.

Vaike Kermas