Yoga has existed for at least 5,000 years and is one of the few feel-good techniques known to man. George Feuerstein (1947-2012) was a top yoga historian and his belief was that yoga has been practiced for at least 25,000 years. The International Yoga Federation (IYF) believes there are more than 435 million people practicing yoga today, making yoga the most practiced life philosophy in the world.
Yoga is a holistic discipline that is neither religious nor political, and which, over thousands of years, has been adapted to the prevailing culture and time. From having been a spiritual path to self-knowledge, yoga is more often seen in the West as a form of exercise, even though the physical aspect is only a small part of the whole philosophical system, which covers life from before we are born until we take our last breath, and everything in between.
Applying 1,000 year-old knowledge and combining it with modern medicine is a means of using yoga as a therapeutic technique. The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) is the world’s largest yoga therapy organization. We are of course members and have also served on the Advisory Board. IAYT’s mission is to coordinate yoga therapy and create quality indexes in the same way as the Yoga Alliance is doing for non-therapeutic yoga.
Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, proposed having a designated yoga day and in 2014 the UN General Assembly approved International Yoga Day, which is now on 21 June every year to coincide with the summer solstice.
Yoga as therapy is growing exponentially all around the world and MediYoga is one of the most successful leaders in the field.”
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