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8th Edition of International Conference on

Traditional Medicine, Ethnomedicine and Natural Therapies

June 05-07, 2025 | Rome, Italy

Traditional Medicine 2022

Yoga as Traditional Medicine

Speaker at Traditional Medicine, Ethnomedicine and Natural Therapies 2022 - Kazuo Keishin Kimura
Japan Yoga Therapy Society, Japan
Title : Yoga as Traditional Medicine


In February 2019, the WHO, Geneva, Switzerland, invited 20 regional representatives from around the world to New Delhi, India, for a conference on “The Benchmark for Training Yoga.” The WHO has included yoga in the same category of traditional medicine and complementary integrative medicine as Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine.

In traditional yoga, the structural and functional theories of human existence have been handed down for 5,000 years, and just as modern Western medicine, which treats the physical body as it is, has a structural theory (anatomy) and a functional theory (physiology) of the body for diagnosis and treatment, traditional yoga has done the same with the theory of the five human structure theory from Taittiriya Upanishad and the human chariot theory from Kata Upanishad. This is the theory of human assessment(diagnosis) and instruction(treatment) and the educational guidance technique that has been utilized by masters in the process of teaching and educating their students by observing their physical and mental states.

In particular, traditional yoga has a theory of the structure and function of the human mind, and has handed down techniques for assessing the quality of human consciousness in light of these theories, and for guiding and educating people to the ultimate state of mind. Because this tradition has been effective throughout the ages, yoga is now being spread throughout the world, regardless of political, religious, or lifestyle differences. It can be said that traditional yoga, as a yoga therapy, is a common method of strengthening the body and mind that transcends many differences and is common to all human beings around the world as in Western and Chinese medicine. In this lecture, we would like to introduce yoga as a traditional medicine in light of the WHO's criteria.

In addition, we would like to introduce the health-promoting effects of yoga therapy instruction that we conducted with the help of a Japanese government research grant, as well as case reports on actual yoga therapy assessment and instruction.

What will audience learn from your presentation?
(Try to list 3-5 specific items)
*Yoga is not just a gymnastic exercise, but a medical treatment that promotes health.
*In this lecture, you will learn about the requirements to keep in mind when using yoga as a medical treatment, and how medical professionals can use yoga, a health-promoting method with a 5,000-year tradition.


He graduated from Tokyo University of Education in 1969.
In 1986, he was initiated as a Raja Yoga Acharya by Swami Yogeshwarananda Maharaj, founder of the Yoga Niketan ashram in Rishikesh, India.
In 2003, Kimura founded the Japan Yoga Therapy Society and is the Society’s president. In 2019, he was invited by the World Health Organization’s Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine program as one of 20 international experts to attend the WHO Working Group Meeting on Benchmarks for Training in Yoga.
In June 2019, Kimura was awarded the first Indian Prime Minister’s Award for Outstanding Contribution for Promotion and Development of Yoga