MUHS to start under-graduate and post-graduate yoga courses for medical professionals soon
May 14, 2016

In a bid to integrate yoga therapy in mainstream healthcare system, the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), Nashik is planning to start under-graduate and post-graduate yoga courses for medical professionals soon.

The MUHS has recently held a meeting with representatives of three yoga institutes—Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavala, Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune and Yoga Vidya Dham, Nashik to discuss the types of yoga courses and syllabus for medical students.

Dr. Dilip Mhaisekar, dean of MUHS who chaired the meet said, “There is a growing popularity of yoga courses among the medical practitioners. There are a number of yoga institutes offering courses differing from one another. Currently, there is no uniformity in yoga courses. In order to bring uniformity in yoga courses and train medical students in yoga therapy that forms the holistic approach to health, we are planning to start diploma, degree and post-graduate courses in yoga.”

Dr. Mhaisekar said “We are considering a plan to introduce basic yoga training to first year students pursuing various medical courses viz. MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BMUS etc. There is also proposal to offer yoga courses to students completing under-graduate medical courses. Recently a meeting was held with three yoga institutes to discuss course structure, criteria of candidates opting for the yoga course. The yoga institutes have been asked to contribute for the course.”

H.R. Nagendra, vice-chancellor of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (Svyasa) University who was expected to attend the meet did not turn up. He is likely to attend second meet which will soon be held with representatives of various yoga institutes including those who attended the first meet to draw best syllabus, he informed.

When asked about his inspiration for yoga courses, Dr. Mhaisekar said “A couple of month back I visited Yoga Vidya Dham in Nashik where around 200 foreign medical professionals and 10 Indian doctors were being trained in yoga. Taking serious note of popularity of yoga among medicos, we decided to come out with yoga courses for them. It will form their holistic approach to healthcare delivery.”

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