Yoga is an age-old art or practice of staying fit mentally and physically by means of exercises as well as mind control practices such as controlled breathing, deep meditation etc. Yoga is a way of life, an art of righteous living or an integrated system for the benefit of the body, mind and inner spirit. The word Yoga is a Sanskrit word which means 'union' i.e of the body, mind and spirit. This art originated, was perfected and practised in India thousands of years ago.
Basically, Yoga is an amalgamation of breathing exercises and structured movement. It is an excellent tool to enhance the body’s internal health and external beauty and to achieve a higher standard of overall health and immunity. It concentrates on the emotional and psychological health of a patient along with his/her physical condition. 'Asanas' (physical exercises) and 'pranayama' (breathing techniques), the integral parts of yoga, are performed in correlation with each other. The application of these yoga practices to cure various mental and physical diseases is called yoga therapy.
Naturopathic medicine or Naturopathy is a distinct system of health care that uses a variety of natural approaches to health and healing. Naturopathy aims at curing a person naturally using nature cure. It is a scientific system of healing and stimulating the body's inherent power to regain health with the help of five elements of nature - Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Ether. In other words, Naturopathy is one of the major forms of alternative medicine that focuses on an individual's natural healing capacities. Unlike modern medications, naturopathy is commonly used as a corresponding treatment in combination with traditional medicine. It combines traditional and holistic methods to achieve optimal health and wellness. Naturopathic medicine is based on the fact that human body has an innate power to heal itself and naturopathic physicians use treatments to support the body's inherent self-healing abilities. Naturopathy is built upon the dictum of Hippocrates, the father of medicine, who declared "Nature cures, not the physicians". The system is known by different names - Nature Cure, the natural methods, the New science of healing and Healing from within. Naturopathy is not only a system of healing but also a way of life in tune with the internal vital forces or natural elements comprising the human body.
Professional: Qualification in the field of yoga is imparted at both under graduate and post graduate levels. For under graduate program, one has to pass 10+2 in any stream from a recognized Board. For post graduation program, minimum qualification is a Bachelor’s degree in any stream from a recognized university, although philosophy graduates are given preference. Courses are also available at degree/ diploma and certificate levels.
Study and practice under a master yoga instructor is all that is required to qualify one to teach yoga. But, though qualification is not mandatory to be a yoga instructor, a teaching certificate indicates serious time and interest you have invested in the subject and may increase your authenticity as an instructor.
Educational: Candidates who have completed 10+2 with an aggregate of 45% marks in Physics, Chemistry & Biology are eligible for Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences (BNYS). Bachelors program is usually of 5 1/2 years duration.
Naturopathic Physician must be well versed with the knowledge of general medicine, human anatomy and physiology and functions of various bodily parts. Must be aware about dietary and lifestyle modifications required to manage a disease condition, the physician needs to have the knowledge of psychology and its implications on the health of his patient. Yoga lessons are also an integral part of Naturopathy, which has gained worldwide recognition as the most effective way for preventing diseases.